New Year's Resolution: Creating New Habits

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty BK 3030920

As the New Year, 2011, unfolds, many of us are still perfecting or defining what our 2011 goals and resolutions will be, including new habits we want to acquire and old habits we want to dispense with.

A habit, as defined by, is: an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.

My personal reference point on this particular topic is the 30 blogs in 30 days challenge, which inspired me to get re-connected to ActiveRain.  The bonus of additional points certainly was an incentive, however, I still had to blog daily for 30 days, which seemed insurmountable at the time.

I met the challenge, and now, find I cannot start my day without commenting on 10 blogs, and writing a daily blog post - sometimes I even write TWO blog posts per day!

This has become, as defined above, a habit. I typically do my AR input in the AM, but find time to do it in the PM if my schedule does not permit the AM, or, if I simply cannot find something to blog about.

It's really that simple: regardless of what your resolution/goal/habit is you want to change/delete/add, you need to start with day one, and create a easy-to-stick to plan, set yourself up to win, and get to the 30 day point. Once you are there, it's become ALMOST involuntary, and it's much easier to stick to than to avoid.

Another piece of advice: it's easier to work on one or two things, rather than give yourself a huge task list of changes you want to implement now.

A way to set yourself up to win: if, for example, a healthier way of eating is your goal, and you have a print version of what you need to eat, copy it and carry a copy with you, put one in your car, one at the office, and one at home. This way, you have no excuses to wander from what you want to accomplish.

This technique can work for any goal/resolution you have, if you just apply the "set yourself up to win" mind set.


Happy New Year & Good Luck!

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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL.  I help buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally.  With hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm thrilled to help first time buyers, military buyers, seniors, investors, 1031 exchange properties, short sales and REO's.  I have spent hours honing my expertise, including the designations of: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) , Short Sales, Foreclosures, REO's, (SFR), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I pride myself on providing excellent expertise to all buyers and sellers. Search the MLS via  for Jacksonville and area listings!



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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Thanks for this blog.  I recetly blogged on habits as well. It is good to re-evaluate from time to time.

Jan 03, 2011 12:13 AM #1
Brent & Deb Wells
LivingWell Properties - Prosper, TX
Prosper TX


Welcome back with a bang for 2011! It sounds like your fired up and ready to rock and roll. I will be watching for all your posts and if they are as well written as this one it will be fun reading for sure.


Jan 03, 2011 12:23 AM #2
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

Carol:  That damn 30 in 30 caused my addiction too.  This year I gave myself allowance not to blog every single day.  We will see.... 

Jan 03, 2011 12:30 AM #3
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

I have just reconnected back to AR after taking about a year off due to many, many things going on including my daughter's wedding.  Now that I am back in the saddle, I love getting my feet wet again and hopefully can form that addictive habit as well.  All the best and thanks for the great reminders on how to achieve the goal .. breaking it down and being visual.

Jan 03, 2011 11:10 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

I have some time consuming habits that I need to change for the new year. One of my good habits that I plan to continue is daily walks through my neighborhood with a camera in hand.

 Happy New Year from your friend in Maryland!

Jan 06, 2011 12:29 AM #5
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