True Confessions: I Screwed Up!!

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Real Estate Agent with Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! GA 281904 and NC 185282
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Ok, it’s confession time!  I screwed up.  Imagine that.  I. Screwed. Up. Period.  End of sentence.  Done.  I feel a little better getting that out but it doesn’t change much otherwise.

 

 

Here’s the deal.  One of the goals I set for 2017 was to get back into the habit of blogging more consistently.  So I started on January 1st and set a goal to post something everyday.  January 1? Check. January 2? Check.  January 3? Check.  January 4? Nope, nada, zilch.  WHAT??? Imagine my disappointment when I woke up this morning and realized that I hadn’t posted anything yesterday.  How can that be? Seriously, it’s only four days into the goal, surely you haven’t gotten writer’s block already.

 

 

 

So what happened I asked myself?  I thought back on my activities for the day.  All day long I was FOCUSED on the fact that I needed to write.  But the phone rang, a client stopped by, it was time for lunch, I had a meeting, the list goes on.  But again I ask myself - how did you forget - you were focused on this accomplishment!  It was important to me.   It was on my TO DO LIST.  

 

 

Then it hit me.  While I was FOCUSED on the goal, I never ACTED on it.  I didn’t take the time to write.  On the days when I did post I recall that I did it first thing in the morning and checked it off the list because it was important.  Pretty simple when you think about it.  But how many of us go through the day with a TO DO LIST that we either don’t prioritize or that we do prioritize but don’t follow the plan.

 

Going forward - make a plan, prioritize what’s important and follow-thru.

 

Cyndi






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Rainmaker
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Don Price
Mid Carolina Realty LLC - Pinehurst, NC

I just do not have enough important enough things to share to write everyday - probably not enough for once a month.

That said - you probably do. But if I did feel I had to blog everyday I would probably want to only schedule writing at most twice a week - with 1 period of time where I would write maybe 3-5 blogs at once keeping them current but general enough to be shared anytime and the second scheduled period where I would write 2-3 blogs of the most timely material I had, Seems like blogging everyday for me would be just too much of the same thing over and over again - where I would not get any following. But this is not about that - I think your point was that you just did not pull the trigger that day. So if you had blogs set on auto-post - you could just smile and know you had that covered. ;) 

Jan 06, 2017 04:02 AM #21
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Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
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Thanks for sharing!!!

While I was FOCUSED on the goal, I never ACTED on it.  I didn’t take the time to write.  On the days when I did post I recall that I did it first thing in the morning and checked it off the list because it was important.

Jan 06, 2017 04:18 AM #22
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Harry F. D'Elia
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It does take a  mind set to get back into the habit of blogging.

Jan 06, 2017 05:02 AM #23
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Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
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Cyndi,

That has happened to me.  In all honesty, over the years I have been pretty good about blogging on a regular basis.  The past couple of years, my priority was to get my Broker's License (which I did in November).  Therefore, classes, studying and my clients were a priority and blogging took a back seat.  (I must add that I also lost my ex-father-in-law, that I was close to, and my mom.  What can I say?  Life happens.)  This year, I am back to blogging regularly.  

Brigita

Jan 06, 2017 05:39 AM #24
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Chris Lima
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Thanks for sharing. Having a goal is great, but sometimes we do "focus" ourselves right out of taking action!

Jan 06, 2017 06:01 AM #25
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Muhammad Mushtaq
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Getting cellphone reminders will help you on To Do List. Create a recurring activity and you wouldn't miss it.

Jan 06, 2017 06:02 AM #26
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Carol Lynn Johnson
Re/Max Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
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I agree that it cannot be forced....forcing it will reflect in the blog.  So, perhaps you can modify your goal to say I will blog a minimum of 5 times a week.  If you do 7, great.  But it gives you wiggle room and is still a hefty goal when it comes to blogging.

Jan 06, 2017 06:35 AM #27
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Rochelle Kretchmar
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We have all done this and it's great that you pointed out you can be focused and thinking about your to do list - but you do have to take action - you have to just do it! I need to have my 17 year old read this.  Here's to blogging in 2017!

Jan 06, 2017 06:54 AM #28
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Richie Alan Naggar
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The beginning of any worthwhile endeavor includes error and fine-tuning

Jan 06, 2017 08:04 AM #29
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt - Eastvale, CA
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Vision without ACTION is only a dream.

Congratulations on your featured blog. 

 

Jan 06, 2017 08:10 AM #30
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
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Great featured post, thanks Cyndi.    I'm off temporarily due to other priorities, but in order to blog and not neglect our goals, sometimes we have to set aside a time for it.    Either do it first thing in the morning, or late at night, or put the phone on do not disturb.    But the latter is hard to do if you've got active clients - it may even feel or be wrong!     If you're lucky enough to have assistants or a team, hand the phone to them!

Jan 06, 2017 08:47 AM #31
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Laura Moore
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Bill and Cyndi,  So simple, yet so difficult to keep in place.  That is the reason for doing something repetatively....Make It A Habit!    I keep giving myelf that advice.  Some days I win, others I slip.  Just have to make sure the slip does not turn into freefall.  Also, give yourelf planned days off.

Jan 06, 2017 01:03 PM #32
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Every blogger has had this happen. I personally won't put the pressure to write every single day on myself. Far too much for me. I'm impressed by those that have something of quality to share each day. I wish I it were me, but it isn't, and that is ok!

Jan 06, 2017 01:41 PM #33
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Lisa Hernandez
Opes Real Estate Group - Kendall, FL
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Bravo! This has happened to me all of 2016!

Jan 06, 2017 02:52 PM #34
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
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Good evening Bill & Cyndi Daves,

Congratulations on a well deserved featured post! Love it..I do blog everyday but only because I plan for it and put things in draft form. If I'm on vacation..nada, zip! I'm off line completely!  

Jan 06, 2017 04:17 PM #35
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
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Try a more realistic goal of three times a week. I try to post twice a week. Sometimes I will take a couple of hours and write a few drafts--then punch them up before publishing.  Good luck with 2017 goals!

Jan 06, 2017 04:41 PM #36
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You will have days like that.  You will also have days here you will write a silly post about not having anything to write about,  just because.

Jan 07, 2017 06:17 AM #37
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Brenda Mullen
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It's ok, really...we've all been there.  Actually, it's been a LONG time since I've posted anything and finally did so today.  I love blogging but it's so easy to get out of the habit of doing it and so hard to get back into it.  Good luck as I'm sure that now that it's on your mind, you'll get right to it :)!

Jan 07, 2017 03:39 PM #38
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Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
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It happens more time than not!!!

Then it hit me.  While I was FOCUSED on the goal, I never ACTED on it.  I didn’t take the time to write.

Jan 08, 2017 04:28 AM #39
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Mona Gersky
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Good day to you Cyndi!   I fell off the wagon too and am now getting back to blogging.  It actually feels good.  I forgot about the discipline needed and heavens know I can always use that!

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