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What You Focus On Expands

Wednesday, February 28, 2018   /   by Cortney Kaczmarek

What You Focus On Expands

What You Focus On Expands

Seems silly…..why does anything need to expand in my life?

How would your world change if all your energy went into 1 action that drastically changed your quality of life in more than one way?

Gary Keller wrote the book titled The 1 Thing which explains that we need 1 action item to focus on so that by doing it will make everything else easier or unnecessary. He teaches us to do this in 7 different aspects of our life: Spiritual, Physical Health, Key Relationships, Personal, Job, Business, and Finances.

My 1 Thing for business is: “Through Culture Increase Growth, Production, and Profitability”. The reason I chose this statement is to put my focus on running The Howard Group like a business and not just selling real estate. My drive to work is not to help people buy and sell real estate (although I do enjoy the process) rather it is to help people develop a career that they love.

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I grew up watching my family run different businesses and I knew at a young age that I wanted to be an “entrepreneur” even if I did not know what that truly meant or entailed. What I did know after working in a factory for 5 years, after I dropped out of college, was that I was not a fit to work for someone else. Being told what to do and when to do it drove me freakin' nuts!!! So with the advice of my Father, I got my real estate license and joined
Keller Williams. At the time I had no clue how this would impact my life.


(My first day of real estate school taking a silly photo, 2003)

Keller Williams has given me the good fortune of being part of a company that focuses on education and empowering their agents to build large businesses. I can wholeheartedly say that I would not be where I am both in business and mindset if it were not for the vision of Gary Keller. But that will be a whole different blog post ;).

So having my “1 Thing” defined and posted in front of my every day at my desk AND writing it down in my journal it forces me to have it internalized, therefore giving me clarity on what actions I need to have in my activities and what I need to start saying NO to. Unfortunately, this is something I have just now implemented so to give a success story is not feasible, but this year will be a huge year for The Howard Group and we are all excited to see the results and not just how our lives are impacted, but how we are going to impact others.


Cheers to everyone and a successful 2018!


  career, goals, growth, work, leadership