Try To Beat A Poke In The Eye With Your 2010 Goals

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Two BabiesI remember very vividly a country style gentleman looking at an "ok" offer that wasn't quite what he wanted for his house for sale and commented, "Well, it beats a poke in the eye."

I think with our goals and also aspirations for 2010 we need to set our sights higher and feel like we deserve better.

Being better than a  poke in the eye is settling.

Whether in our relationships, our desired achievements, our glorious plans written down on a napkin, all areas ~ be bold, aim high, want the BEST for yourself. In goals they call it stretch goals. Don't want some EASY goal. Dare to be great.

We should aim for goals BECAUSE of the very real reason they are HARD to achieve. But you know in doing that, your realize you are WORTH IT!!!


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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
PK Real Estate Utah South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Gary, I do plan to shoot high because I know that I will still accomplish my goals and then some! Thanks very much for the visual on this one! Ouch!

Dec 29, 2009 01:40 AM #36
Barbara Birinyi
Quitman, TX
TX Real Estate Broker - Horse Property Specialist

Thanks for the chuckle Gary, and the serious meaning too.  Loved the picture.

Dec 29, 2009 01:50 AM #37
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Gary -- Setting the bar high and not achieving it is not a bad thing as it raises the bar higher than one would probably set it.

Dec 29, 2009 01:58 AM #38
Trisha P Realty Group
Realty Executives - Leavenworth, KS
"Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home"

I seriously busted up laughing in the office and got a few funny looks.  I had to show everyone the picture!  Thanks for the laugh!

Dec 29, 2009 02:26 AM #39
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Gary:  Aiming high is better than aiming low.  Even if you miss the high target, you're usually landing higher than the low target.

Dec 29, 2009 02:26 AM #40
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

lol...I remember when my older brother tried to spit in my eye...

Dec 29, 2009 02:51 AM #41
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I enjoyed your post.  I was never a fan of goals until recently and I find they work.  Sometimes when I reach one goal I find it has changed.

Dec 29, 2009 02:54 AM #42
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Gary...again a great post. thanks,

Dec 29, 2009 02:57 AM #43
Sharon Paxson
Arbor Real Estate - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate

Gary - excellent post, and I really like "dare to be great" and it is definitely better than a poke in the eye.

Happy Holidays to you and wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Dec 29, 2009 03:05 AM #44
Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor
Conifer Homes - Buda, TX
If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow.

Aim low. Go with the flow and the status quo. See how low you can go. If you think you haven't failed, try again.

Dec 29, 2009 03:41 AM #45
Gregory Bain
Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
For Homes on the Jersey Shore

Great picture. Your kids? super post. Thanks! Happy New Year

Dec 29, 2009 03:42 AM #46
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I had a coach who always pushed us. His philosophy was that everything will come much easier if you're prepared and your outcome will more often than not be a rewarding one.

I've always remembered that and now, years later, incorporated it into my daily routine.

Great post my friend!

You've definitely earned that featured post star!

Dec 29, 2009 05:11 AM #47
John Alexandrov
REIC™ - Northborough, MA

Gary and all responders:

I've actually found in my own life, and with the agents I coach, that setting "promises" is a thousand times more effective than setting goals. Everyone who reads this, including myself, has failed to accomplish a lot of goals over the course of our life. But how many of us have let down our promises to ourself? If we truly have personal integrity and a desire to improve, we always accomplish our promises. I would suggest dropping the out-dated method of setting goals and urge you to learn how to set promises that will actually affect your life.

John Alexandrov

CEO, Real Estate Inner Circle

Dec 29, 2009 06:15 AM #48
Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

Love your post...  I agree 100%.  My cross country coach used to make me run with the very best runners on our team...even though he knew it would take everything I had to keep up with them.  He didn't want me to settle for 3rd or 4th place...he wanted me to win.  To train or work for anything less than the very best is settling. 

I am expecting the best 2010...can't wait to see what it brings!

Dec 29, 2009 06:36 AM #49
Chuck brawn
Westminster, CO

 Goals...gotta have them.  Great photo.

Dec 29, 2009 09:48 AM #50
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate

Heeding your sage advice, Gary, I will upgrade my goals for the upcoming year from a poke in the eye to an atomic knee smash to the junk.  My prediction for 2010? ... pain.

Dec 29, 2009 10:11 AM #51
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. - Frisco, TX
Real Estate Agents

I'm just slow getting to this, but such worthy of a feature even a day after!

I just love to plan. I cant work without planning. You know me.

Dec 29, 2009 10:38 AM #52
Andrew J. Lenza
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Holmdel, NJ

You need a disclaimer to this blog, Gary. "No babies were injured during the making of this article." It's an important life skill to recognize it could be worse AND it could be better. I think. Maybe. Hmm.

I'll get back to you on that. 

Dec 29, 2009 12:59 PM #53
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Gary - I love that expression and laugh every time I hear it.

Jan 06, 2010 03:36 AM #54
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo
they are so important and to have them written down and visualize is equally important. I believe you have to have a way to measure your progress.
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