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I haven't posted in awhile, so I thought I'd mention that I usually (like so many people) put together some resolutions for the coming year during this interim time of reflection between Christmas and  New Years.

But, I recently watched a motivational speaker who challenged me to do things a little differently this year. I can't remember who he was (watched a clip on Facebook probably haha), but his message sure sunk in.

He said to quickly write down 10 goals you want to meet this coming year - don't let up until you reach 10 no matter how small some might be. Let it pour out of you onto the paper.

Then, looking at your list, choose only the one that seems most important for you to reach.

Next, start outlining exactly what steps you need to do to reach that one goal, and put those steps on your brand new 2010 calendar - the when, where and how to reach your goal..

Keep the list to refer back to for your next goal.

Resolutions = vague things like lose weight, stop smoking, etc....without a well thought out plan of attack.

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

Most resolutions will be broken by mid January like so many others over the years.

So, set goals this year and make your plan on how to actually reach them!

I know I am.


Flemington, NJ

Thanks for the post, I came up with some interesting life goals and am writing up a plan of action.

Dec 28, 2009 03:37 AM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Hi Barb, nice strategy and it is true, those who fail to plan plan to fail.  I am going to try this!

Dec 28, 2009 03:38 AM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Hmmm.... Good way of putting it. I usually look at "Resolutions" as a bigger picture concept whereas Goals to me have specifics tied to them. I'm braking down my goals into 4 quarters and bite-sizes so it's even more achievable and attainable to me.

Dec 28, 2009 03:38 AM
GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster
THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279) - Westminster, CO
REOptions LLC

Hi Barb...think I will plan on it....

Dec 28, 2009 03:39 AM
Eddie Matthew
Zenith Realty - Perry Hall, MD


Goals are good to have, but reaching them is the key.  Have a very succesful New Year.

Dec 28, 2009 03:41 AM
Joseph Coolie
Zenith Realty - Parkville, MD


Thank you for posting,  I need to establish some goals and such of my own.  Good luck and Happy New Year.

Dec 28, 2009 03:42 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Terrific reminder...thank you!

Dec 28, 2009 03:42 AM
Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
410-935-5844 Office - Cockeysville, MD


Good post.  Goals, plans, strategies, . . . let's just execute.  Have a Great New Year.

Dec 28, 2009 03:44 AM
Natalia Aissur
Zenith Realty - Dundalk, MD


I like it and I resolve to plan to have goals this year.  Thank you for the post.

Dec 28, 2009 03:45 AM
Frank Kliewer
Woodinville, WA

Hi Barb, I think it is best to keep it simple . . . better chance of success and real focus. Best to you in 2010!

Dec 28, 2009 03:45 AM
John Alexandrov
REICâ„¢ - Northborough, MA

Hi Barb,

I like that you are thinking about the areas of your life where you need to improve. 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 or resolutions and urge you to learn how to set promises that will really change your life. I recently posted about this more in depth...if you want to take a look click here.

Hope this helps! Thank you,

John Alexandrov

CEO, Real Estate Inner Circle


Dec 30, 2009 05:31 AM
Barb Corsa

Thanks John, I'll enjoy looking at the article and getting another perspective.

Sometimes promises made to oneself can seem to be the easiest to break, even though you would never even think of breaking a promise made to someone else.


Dec 30, 2009 07:49 AM