A new year, and a new you, and new goals

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

A new year, and a new you, and new goals.

The one thing I love about this time of year is that it marks a new beginning. New Years is a great starting block, and in some cases, it's a great start over, but regardless of what kind of start it is, make a commitment to start.

I'm a firm believer that each one of us is the master of our own destiny. The decisions we make, and the actions we take all lead us somewhere. If you ended up somewhere other than your intended destination this year, pause, reflect and figure out where your course changed that brought different results. Let me share a few things that I do that keep me in my lane.

1. I am honest with myself, and being honest with myself, I must look at life as it is, and not as I wish it to be. That means, I have to remove impediments that keep me from accomplishing my goals. 

One of my 2018 goals is to get back in great shape. I know, everyone says that this time of year, but if you don't have a plan you can commit to, you're destined to fail. The simplest way for me to remove the impediments is to replace them with resources that propel me forward rather than weigh me down.

I was a personal trainer for 13 years, a certified Spinning instructor for 16 years, a functional fitness specialist for 6 years and a level one Yoga instructor. I've cycled all over the country. So, with all of that knowledge and experience, how did I end up fat? Easy, I made excuses why I didn't have time to get to the gym. The impediment was time. I didn't have time to get up, stay up or insert an hour into my day to workout. That was the excuse, so what is the remedy?

I made sure I have exercise equipment everywhere I go. I have a gym in my basement at my home and my second home, and I have a gym in my office. That might sound a little extreme, but it removes every impediment from my list of excuses. I notice that when I'm at my second home, I always workout. When I'm home, I rarely workout. Why? It meant going somewhere. I had multiple gym memberships for decades, but somehow, I convinced myself that I didn't have time to use them, and I canceled them. Now, I have no more excuses, and I've already seen great results from my early efforts. You don't need to take my extreme actions. That's what I needed. You can accomplish great results with something as simple as a daily walk, a hike or climbing stairs. Remove impediments.

2. Be willing to lose sight of the shore. In business, and in life, comfort is the easy place to live. It is easier to sit back and wish things were different than it is to rise up and make them different.

One of the greatest feelings I've experienced in life has been to fly. When I was younger, I trained to be a bush pilot. Bush pilots are those crazy pilots who drop in at treetop level, land on a questionable landing strips and then reverse the same. It's exhilarating. 

Why would I want to do that? It was something that needed to be done, and I was willing to lose sight of the shore to do it. In business, you may have to take on a whole new marketing plan. It may mean new tools, techniques and a lot of learning. It may mean jettisoning things that don't work. Even if you've done them for decades, some things change.

One of the worst real estate marketing tools in our community is the homes guides you see at the grocery store. They are less than 2% of total sales in our community, and they are expensive. Why would you do that? Comfort. But, if comfort isn't paying the bills, you've got to change course to stay in business. Challenge yourself to lose sight of the shore this year. It might be the most exciting year of your business life. 

3. Make it a daily thing. I realize, I cannot put exercise off for the weekends. I have to do it daily. I also can't put marketing off to one day a month. I have to do it consistently. I have to explore new and more efficient ways to accomplish more. I have to investigate better techniques, better tools, better returns.

It's all part of creating a more successful path for my life and my business. I don't want to be in the same place at the end of 2018. I want to create more people jobs, invest in more philanthropic opportunities and lay a stronger foundation for my kids and grand-kids for the future. That will mean I've got to remove impediments that keep me from those goals. I need to be willing to lose sight of the shore and launch out into areas that might be unfamiliar to me today, and I've got to do it daily. 

As you contemplate 2018, I challenge you to make it the best year of your personal and professional life. It can be. It should be. It will be.


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mike and good advice as well. You just need to want it enough.

Dec 26, 2017 06:01 AM #3
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

The key really is to identify where we want to be at a specific point in time, and then figure out what exactly we have to do to get there. And if there are roadblocks in the way, figure out how to get rid of them, or go around them. I applaud you for your refocus on exercise. It sure it easier to NOT exercise! But we feel a lot better when we do it!

Dec 26, 2017 07:54 AM #4
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Ok - I'm motivated!!  2017 wasn't the year I was expecting and I certainly don't want a repeat for 2018.  Thanks for the great post!

Dec 26, 2017 09:33 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I only had 3 resolutions last year.  They were to (1) Learn how to cook 5 French sauces, which I accomplished.  (2) Learn Spanish. For some reason I thought I could become fluent in a year.  But, Duolingo says I am only 48% fluent currently.  AND, last but not least (3) Lose 15 pounds.  I am now 20 pounds away from that goal.

Dec 26, 2017 04:41 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Mike- this is a must read to begin the New Year. My favorite phrase you used is "be willing to lose sight of the shore." It's all on us to reach out and get what we want. 

Dec 30, 2017 04:38 PM #7
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Great advice and great goals to keep on the straight and narrow. Thanks for sharing!

Dec 30, 2017 08:18 PM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

And you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around, As they say—and that’s what it’s all about. It’s weird that applies to this in a weird way even if I was kidding /‘/‘mm:)

Dec 30, 2017 11:39 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Corey Martin Universal advice usually works pretty well on here! I hope everybody is having a wonderful season and is going to have a wonderful 2018!

Dec 30, 2017 11:40 PM #10
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

And so it is...the best tense is the present !

Dec 31, 2017 12:24 AM #11
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Great post on the day before the last day of 2017. I must admit that I had a great year but there was one thing I promised myself and I didn't do it. I LOVE to swim but didn't make it a priority in 2017. In 2018, that will change, starting with going into the ocean on New Year's Day in Waikiki.

Dec 31, 2017 12:44 AM #12
Mary Vicens
Park Place Real Estate - Winston-Salem, NC
Winston-Salem, NC and surrounding Piedmont agent

Great blog!  Thank you for sharing.  It goes to show that none of us (even the instructors) get a pass for taking care of our bodies.  The Beatles have a wonderful 2 CD compilation out now with them practicing some of their biggest hits.  After I listened to it, it struck me that even the Masters had to practice.  Happy 2018, Mike.

Dec 31, 2017 04:01 AM #13
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Lose sight of the shore! Great concept - we need to imagine ourselves further than we thought we could go! 

Dec 31, 2017 05:09 AM #14
Kathryn Acciari
Cameron Real Estate Group - Shrewsbury, MA
RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA

Sometimes, it isn't about how we feel before  we do "it," but how we will feel afterward. There are very few things that are worthwhile that make us feel horrible when we have done them. Keep at it, Mike!

Dec 31, 2017 06:47 AM #15
Christine OShea
Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker - Naples, FL

Great New Year post, exercise is one of my main pints of focus this year as well as a new way to prospect!

Dec 31, 2017 09:33 AM #16
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I fell off the clean diet in December of this year.  Stressed out beyond measure and working 15 hour days.  I am preparing to complete a 26 day detox in January and get myself back to my clean organic vegan diet.  I know I will feel so much better.  

Congrats to you Mike Cooper on taking control of your life / health. Congrats on this Feature post as well. 

Dec 31, 2017 11:31 AM #17
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I will pace myself. My New Year's resolution is to do one pushup.

Dec 31, 2017 05:10 PM #18
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

There was a post on AR earlier today talking about the WHY.  I really think this is the most important thing in our quest for healthier living.  I went to too many funerals in 2017.  I have a friend who fell down a flight of stairs two days before Christmas and hasn't woken up yet.  My last lab report and doctor consult confirmed the fact that I am healthy, but it's up to me to maintain that health.  Time to put the cookies away (well the ones that are left) and find a beverage that does not contain hops and get on with a healthier 2018!

Jan 01, 2018 04:50 PM #19
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Great post, a definite encouragement to not just set goals but to also realize we may have to go further to accomplish them than we feel comfortable doing. I have learnt a lot from my sons how much one can do, much more than you think you can. Have a great year and thanks for the encouragement to look up and see that other shore.

Jan 02, 2018 12:15 PM #20
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

As i read this tonight, I realize some things must shift for me too. Thanks for the pep talk.

Jan 03, 2018 09:42 PM #21
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Mike, well said!

I agree with all 3 points.

On point 2, I saw a picture in my mind of how I see so many people.

Not only do they fear getting out of sight of the shore, they insist on being tied to the dock.

Best wishes on a fabulous year.

Jan 04, 2018 08:41 AM #22
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