Honey Do List!

Honey Do List!

Have you ever had a honey-do list? If not, I’m sure you can relate to your own “to-do” list. In one of our recent top producer networking sessions, the honey-do list came up as part of the conversation. And I’m so glad it did.

As we were waiting for all our guests to arrive, the group engaged in conversations about the weather and kids, and somehow my group landed on honey-do lists. Maybe this came up because two of my senior leaders in attendance – Shannon and Howard Ashkinos – are married.

Shannon and Howard live on acreage near Fort Worth, Texas, and the property is full of beautiful trees. As mother nature would have it, some of the trees had died over the years. And Shannon wanted them removed. This task was placed on Howard’s honey-do list. Now Howard is a busy professional at work, a committed sports coach, and gives back to his church and community. So the tree removal kept getting moved to the “back burner.” It’s a lot of work, so I suspect that was part of the delay as well.

As the story progresses, Howard starts the project to remove the dead trees. He hired some help to grind the stumps while Howard cut the trees. Delegation and teamwork!

Howard shared, “when we looked into the yard year after year we just saw dead trees, after 3 days of cutting we realized how many amazingly healthy and vibrant trees we had.”

Howard, always being the coach, shared:

How often have we avoided that big project only to wish we had started earlier?

How many times do we have “dead trees” in our minds? In our routine? In our relationships?

It’s hard to see clearly when there are so many distractions in our way.

When you take action and “clear the trees,” the possibilities open up, and a whole new view is waiting for you!

What project do you need to start today? Keep the end goal in mind. Cut out the deadwood in your way:

Hire help.
Finish the task.

Now go cut some trees.

You got this.


PS: Don’t forget to remove the stumps!

About the Author
Mark Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of JPAR Real Estate, a rapidly growing full-service transaction-based real estate brokerage focused on integrity, productivity, and service. He is also the host of "Success Superstars," a weekly show that highlights the blueprint of agent success, and the co-founder of CoRecruit. He has invested decades in understanding the inner workings of high-performing real estate companies, managers, teams, and their leaders in major markets across the world. Mark has served as a business coach in progressive leadership capacities for one of the largest US-based real estate firms, in sales and customer marketing leadership capacities for a major consumer goods company, and served in the US Army. Mark is a father of 3, a lifelong learner, Spartan, and adventure athlete. He earned his MBA from California State University and a Behavioral Change Certification from the National Association of Sports Medicine.