New Year Blues or All Fired Up?

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New Year Blues or All Fired Up?



Have you ever thought about the poor schmucks who wake up the first "work" day of the new year and think....I'm exhausted? Imagine how much harder it is when all you see is the "fresh start" posts and the "just do it" comments. 

Whew....I'm tired just thinking about it. 

If you are not feeling super-motivated, super-energized or super-organized, this can seem daunting....inviting the tendency to give up, before the New Year even starts. 

I get it! 

I'm tired too! I am still opening my freezer to see cookies and left-overs I've been too frugal to throw out building ice crystals. We all know that in March, these packages will end up tossed in a flurry of "Spring Cleaning." But today they sit there to make me feel better about not eating them.

So...what's my point?

My point is that the New Year is a psychological fresh start, we all know that. A solid line between the old and the new. Time to wipe the past from our thinking and move into new directions. 


But....don't set yourself up for defeat. You are NOT going to go from no farming, to 7 days a week canvassing the neighborhood. Gradual, sustainable changes can make large impacts on your business. Think of this as the first year of a 5 year plan....and then start regularly adding the new activities and attitudes. 

Relax....there is a whole year to go! I'm exhausted just writing about it. Maybe a New Year's nap is in order. :)


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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Karen- my sentiments exactly!  I picture a large group of runners at the starting line ready for someone to yell "Go!" 

Jan 05, 2017 03:58 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                                   Thank you Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner 

Jan 07, 2017 05:53 PM #16
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Yes! I am starting to steadily make progress a little every day with my work, my diet and my exercise!

Jan 08, 2017 04:38 AM #17
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! I love your post! My plan is in place (was written in October 2016) and I'm off to a great start due to steady work on making things happen..not exhausting..just steady working on my plan. Enjoy that nap..I'm going to enjoy a manny-pedi :).

Jan 08, 2017 05:02 AM #18
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I am not one to set resolutions, or to see New Year's as an all of a sudden time to make changes. I make changes throughout the year as needed, and I find that works best for me. Every morning is a clean slate.

Jan 08, 2017 05:21 AM #19
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Massapequa, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Good one and thanks to Kathy I got to come over and enjoy it... I always do my best to never let yesterday ruins the joys of today or damage the future... Happy Day 

Jan 08, 2017 05:24 AM #20
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Wake up call from Karen! Each journey begins with a first step! Enjoy your day!

Jan 08, 2017 06:19 AM #21
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner - you have tapped into the sentiment of many including me.  I feel like my legs and my mind are spinning in place!  Thanks for the words of encouragement!

Jan 08, 2017 06:34 AM #22
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The nap sounds good!  LOL

Great advice....take is slow and avoid getting overwhelmed, otherwise you are going to give up.

Jan 08, 2017 07:49 AM #23
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Slow but steady. I can do it, I can do it said the little train.

Jan 08, 2017 08:17 AM #24
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Karen

There is some great advice here! I love getting back to a bit of a routine afer all the craziness of the holidays. I love it, especially the family time, but it's also nice to get back to a regular sort of schedule but with shifts here and there to keep it interesting.


Jan 08, 2017 08:30 AM #25
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to high light this post!  Well done!

Jan 08, 2017 09:19 AM #26
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Karen!   I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Jan 08, 2017 10:26 AM #27
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

I think that's right Karen. We have to be realistic otherwise we set ourselves up for failure out of the gate.

Jan 08, 2017 11:10 AM #28
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

January is a toughie! Not only do I want to get some new plans in place, there's all the year-end bookkeeping to do. It does feel a bit exhausting.

Jan 08, 2017 02:42 PM #29
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

January is definitely a tough month-allt hose resolutions already broken-it is a shame to feel such pressure.  So much better to just live with gradual improvements-learning and reinventing all the time.

Jan 08, 2017 03:59 PM #30
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Karen - like they say you eat an elephant one bite at a time. 

Jan 08, 2017 06:45 PM #31
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent advice and post. Too many items on a to do list can seem daunting, but breaking them down into manageable tasks slowly should be great! 

Jan 08, 2017 07:45 PM #32
Johanna Roy
Counselor Realty - Saint Paul, MN
The Name Friends Recommend

After taking the month of Dec off, I'm so ready to dominate Real Estate this year. I have a clear and motivated mindset. I needed that reset and I'm ready to go now, with lots of new and exciting things in the works. Wish you a successful new year!

Jan 10, 2017 07:42 AM #33
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I love your approach, Karen! Gradual, sustainable actions are what really works wherever we are wanting lasting change or progress in our lives.

Jan 10, 2017 07:23 PM #34
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