July 24, 2017

This Car Is On Fiiire

Did you know people will torch their cars to commit insurance fraud? It’s a pretty simple scam but usually fails miserably!

The usual scenario involves a person who is behind on car payments. They’ll report their car stolen and then set it ablaze. A burning car attracts police attention, so the car is “found” quickly and written up as stolen. Then, the owner contacts their insurance and viola – they get their money back.

In theory, it’s a great scam.

It usually fails due to a lack of planning. Sometimes, the person will report the car stolen but still have the keys in their possession. Other mistakes include being caught on camera setting the fire, hanging around the crime scene or accidentally admitting guilt. These are all classic examples of failing to plan.

Speaking of failing to plan…

Failing To Plan = Planning To Fail

I hate setting goals. At the same time, if I don’t set them, I don’t do them, Figuring out what you want to do is the first step to moving in that direction. My friend, John Kniesly, does a fantastic job of writing and sticking to goals.

Think back to the last time you “were totally going to do something” but forgot until years later. Having a plan is the first step to working that plan and ultimately, succeeding.

If It Isn’t In Writing, It Doesn’t Exist

Shower thoughts are amazing. There’s even waterproof notebooks out there to help you jot them down! But a shower thought will always remain a dream unless it’s written down. You don’t need a fancy notebook to do this. I usually repeat the idea to myself a few times so I remember to write it down once I’m out.

Writing down a goal also helps you figure out ways to make it better. Once an idea is on paper, it becomes more real. This helps you start to visualize it better, which leads to the critical thinking good ideas need to thrive.

Tips & Tricks

  • Keep a note app on your phone. I personally love Evernote but there’s a million out there.
  • Document anything, even half-baked ideas. I have a (digital) notebook full of idea snippets.
  • Organize your thoughts. I find it helpful to keep business ideas in a different place than self-development ones.
  • Choose achievable goals. Don’t bite off more than you can chew or you’ll choke.
  • Be consistent. This is the most important aspect of achieving a goal!

Make the plan, stick to the plan!