Losing Battles Winning the War Getting To Our Goal

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Steps Toward AchievementIn many areas of our business and personal lives we have times, events, or a day where you might consider it a "setback" toward what you are trying to achieve, your goal. Whether in a negotiation, a path to achievement, a strong committed desire, sometimes you are in that "bummer" phase. It amazes me how emotionally upset people get mired in the here and now of the short view that is "today" when they need to focus on the prize, the LONG TERM. Must come from our want everything NOW mentality we seem to have. But often you lose battles along the way, but ultimately with vision, win the war. You GET where you want to be, FINALLY fitting all the pieces that WORK in place. If the pieces NEVER fit you were not meant to get there, but if they do, CONGRATULATIONS.

You are where you wanted to get to.


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Kim McMahon
Executive Realty Group - Skokie, IL

Gary~ Great perspective... I admit I have been feeling a little bummed these days.  I needed this one, Thanks!!!!

Jan 28, 2011 02:45 AM #1
Carmen V. Rodriguez
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Chicago, IL

I heard a coach once tell a group that no one accomplishes what they don't try to accomplish. If you haven't accomplished it yet, its just because you need to keep working at it. Thanks for your post.

Jan 28, 2011 02:47 AM #2
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale
www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com - San Antonio, TX
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country



Gary ... Some very good advice.... !!!   Focus on the big picture!!!

Thomas Edison's improvement of the Light Bulb......He tried thousands of filaments before he was successful

Jan 28, 2011 03:03 AM #3
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Gary, you are so right.  When we are thinking short term, a lot of what we are thinking is a little nutty.

Jan 28, 2011 03:20 AM #4
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


A lost battle or two is to be expected. Like clients saying no if you shut-up and listen you'll often learn how to correct the problem. "...ultimately with vision, win the war. You GET where you want to be, FINALLY fitting all the pieces that WORK in place."

I'm not so sure I agree with your conclusion. If the pices don't fit, but the goal was worthy, perhaps you were using the wrong pices. Or, perhaps you were talking when you should have been listening.

Jan 28, 2011 03:35 AM #5
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Kim: Don't be bummed, think LONG TERM and BIG PICTURE and you will get there....

Carmen: Always getting breakthroughs in our life, going where we have not gone before.

Robert: Sticking with a plan like Thomas Edison with persistence will overcome anything......

Patricia: Getting stuck in the moment and going nutty, I think we all have been there.

William: I agree, you need to find the right pieces as steps to get to the goal otherwise it will never happen.

Jan 28, 2011 03:46 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Gary, I agree this is a great perspective as we head into the weekend. 




Jan 28, 2011 03:48 AM #7
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Gary..Very nicely put..Bridge that Gap and achieve your goals

Jan 28, 2011 04:34 AM #8
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Gary...So very true.  Sometimes a battle is lost but not al;ways the war!  It just means time to regroup and try again.

Jan 28, 2011 04:37 AM #9
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Michael: Big picture is what it is all about. Don't lose sight of the destination!!

Hannah: Connecting the dots I agree....

William: A reset point, good thought.

Jan 28, 2011 05:34 AM #10
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Gary, Another great presentation with a remarkable message. Obstacles are a normal encounter in the journey but they need not change the course, simply deal with it and keep moving on. Sometimes the obstacles end up being a positive new experience and not the set back we thought when we encountered them. I like this collection of photos and I purchased many them. In their simplicity they make such powerful statements  and truly enhance the message.  

Jan 28, 2011 07:55 AM #11
Lisa Coates
Level Ten Construction Consultants - Halifax, NS
Residential Home Sales Specialist

Gary, thanks for the reminder, we lose it and sometimes we allow our emotions or being in the moment to dictate our day. We must remember it's just a small piece of life.

Jan 28, 2011 08:07 AM #12
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


Sometimes you may have the right puzzle piece in your hand but it is turned the wrong way.  That is more often than not what my problem is.

Jan 28, 2011 11:53 AM #13
Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Gary, this post is so right on time for me right now.  I sure have quite a few setbacks lately, it does affect me some. It is hard to focus sometimes, but this reminds me what I am doing right now is for the long haul, I do that and know that all the time, and i just need to remember that! 

Jan 29, 2011 08:13 AM #14
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Oh, as I like to say "give the baby the bottle!"  Sometimes it's okay to "lose" in the sake of the overall GOAL!!  Well said Gary, and very timely for me.  Tomorrow I have a little battle that I'm going to give a baby their bottle!!

Jan 30, 2011 04:25 PM #15
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