ONE QUARTER DOWN; THREE TO GO!!!

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

March 10, 2011

WHY GOALS MATTER

At the onset of a 2011, people were interested in starting goals for the New Year. For many, it was an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and an opportunity to start fresh. How was your First Quarter? Did you achieve your First Quarter goals? I don't know about you, but I'm ready to start the Second Quarter to make up for First Quarter! (Sound familiar?)

Even though First Quarter Goals may not have been successful as initially planned, it's important to know that we get to reset the clocks just like we do for Day Light Savings Time!!! During the Second Quarter I plan to focus on one thing at a time with more dedication, participate in learning and lessons learned; I plan to enjoy what I do have and have FUN, surround myself with positive people, improve my existing goals and stay focused on my vision.  

I look forward to the Second Quarter for two reasons: 1) I get to re-evaluate and shift my priorities to achieve my year end goals. 2) The Second Quarter gives me new hope because it's the season of spring. Spring breeds new life together with beauty, cultivated with the knowledge of what challenges and opportunities exist that will allow me to grow my business and as a person. Just as a child enjoys the birth of wildflowers, I look at my specific goals to decide what needs to be fertilized, pruned, preserved, nurtured, weeded out or replaced. How do goals relate to wildflowers? Look here:

TO GROW AND ACHIEVE GOALS TAKES COURAGE

These are the first wildflowers I detected on March 9, 2011 in the woodlands of my town.  See how fragile, tiny and unique each one appears to be? This bunch of wildflowers had to endure a cold, dormant winter, just like me! These blue flowers had the courage to survive underground until the moment was right.  Today they are putting on a show extravaganza! Isn't that courageous? They had to push the weight of the world off their heads and pop out to make their appearance known.  How does this relate to you and me and achieving individual goals? It's all about courage.

Why does courage matter at all? Because it's the fear of the unknown that puts up the blinders so that we can't see the light or the future. A few weeks ago, I couldn't have known that the beautiful wildflowers would emerge - we had snow on the ground! Had this plot of land belonged to me and I destroyed it, these beautiful wildflowers would not exist today! But there was some magic going on, in the cold, dark space under the surface that I couldn't have known. Obviously, there was a plan in place for these fragile looking, yet very strong willed wildflowers to survive. And that is why I have to re-evaluate and shift my priorities. There could be something good there for the future; it just might need tweaking - or maybe it just needs to be left alone. It's all about perspective.

KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

We must be careful against letting the unknown cause us the type of fear that creates a state of being paralyzed. Fear is a negative emotion that convinces you that you're too weak to have the courage to survive. Right now the First Quarter was either below, average, or above the standards we raised for ourselves when we implemented our goals. As the First Quarter is about the end, all it takes is the courage to not be afraid and to walk like a successful business leader with our heads held high, our shoulders back, and our feet planted firmly on the ground. It's important to avoid looking too hard at the past and start focusing on the present. It's a great time to reset goals into a management time frame to complete our annual goals. Where do you begin?

80% of your time is focused on the Present

15% of your time should be focused on the FUTURE

5% of your time should reflect on the past

Spending just 5% on reflecting on the First Quarter results should empower each of us to spend about 80% of our time focusing on what is presently going on in our life and our business. The question that needs to be asked is what are the unnecessary things in your life right now that needs to go to the compost section of our brains to provide room for what needs to happen for the vision we created for the future? If we created it - we CAN change it!

Wildflowers don't last forever, neither do goals.  As the Second Quarter begins, look to your goals as spring wildflowers: 1) Look for clues; 2) Identify and document your findings; 3) Cultivate information; 4) Have fun fulfilling your goals and your dreams. And by all means, have a very Happy Spring and a very Happy Second Quarter!

All photos and written content were produced by Patricia Feager. Copyright 2011 - All Rights Reserved. This content may not be reproduced or reprinted, except for Active Rain Re-blogging, without express written permission of Patricia Feager, Keller Williams Realty, Flower Mound, TX.

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Rainmaker
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Dave,

So if I'm processing your information and hearing what you're saying than goals are like the seedlings that are planted which takes time to germinate!  

I love this line that you wrote, "Having interim goals and milestones enable us to measure the road to success even if the cash flow isn't there yet."

That's a powerful sentence! From this interpretation, it would seem to me that the written goals gives you the direction (even if the cash flow isn't there yet), and it's the interim goals and milestones that paves the way to the final destination which produces the cash flow. I like that!

Thanks Dave! Would love to hear more from you! 

Mar 12, 2011 01:16 AM #32
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Rob,

We'll get there together. If we plant it, it will grow!

I think in my case I set the bar too high based upon trying to play catch up for what I lost previously. Seeds take time to grow. Instant gratification is too risky. It doesn't pay off in the long run and so shifty our priorities and having realistic goals will ultimately lead to an abundance, or at least as much as we need. Healthy and realistic goals (seeds) germinate over time.

If Q1 didn't produce the results you expected, go back to the garden and do some maintenance, that's what I plan to do! I hope to hear back from you and I'm wishing you true success.

Patricia

Mar 12, 2011 01:24 AM #33
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Vegas Bob,

Your the power of influence, and you do so much for so many, it's always great to hear what you have to say.

Your like a wildflower: Where found? on the coast of California, in the deserts of Nevada, by the lakes in Minnesota, and the mountains in Utah. From coast to coast, river to river, you've been there helping others.

Thank you!

Mar 12, 2011 01:29 AM #34
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Corinne,

I respect your opinion... economic studies are merely studies. Sounds like you're a woman in charge of your destiny and you are going far! I admire that and I appreciate hearing from you.

I completely agree with you that it's Q2 and Q3 that yields the best results. I wish you even more success.

To ALL of us - Let's boost the economy by enriching the earth upon which we live with happy owners by selling properties!!!

Mar 12, 2011 01:34 AM #36
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Frank,

It's all about timing! I do believe that making readjustments is exactly how successful people think in business. Now is the time to do so and in my opinion this is one of the most critical time of the year because as Corinne pointed out, it's Q2 and Q3 that yields the best results.

May you have a very healthy and productive year!

Patricia

Mar 12, 2011 01:53 AM #37
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Torgie,

Time does fly, whether we like it or not! The challenges of our economic status are here to stay. Many business owners are dwindling in numbers as their businesses diminish. There's a million miles of opportunities for all of us throughout the United States who remain in the business to plant seeds (goals), identify what's working and what's not, review the documentation and edit our goals, (write them down), be clear on documentation and review our work on a regular basis. Together let's get this economy growing!

Thanks for your participation in these dialogs between AR friends. I sincerely wish you the best of success!

Mar 12, 2011 02:00 AM #38
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Krista,

From what I've been told, and from what I believe, you don't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been. The problem happens when people get stuck in the past and they don't move on! 5% or less should motivate you, not demotivate you.

Great comment! Thanks! I'd love to hear more from you and I'm wishing you all the best that success can bring and much, much more!

Mar 12, 2011 02:02 AM #39
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Kevin Kueneke
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Hard to believe that the 1st quarter is almost over, but it feels great because I met and/or exceeded the goals that I set for Q1.  Too many people let the holiday "ease" spill into February and essentially lose the first quarter.  No thanks!  On to Q2!

Mar 12, 2011 02:04 AM #40
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Cindy,

Thanks for your honesty. Years of experience teaches us to look for possibilities and not give up. I'm rooting for you! We will blossom even further in Q2 and Q3.

Keep going! Keep growing! Keep knowing that you've got me here in TX and there are others in our corner!

May success be always at your door and in your own backyard too!

Mar 12, 2011 02:06 AM #41
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Fernando,

The same message I left Cindy (up above) I leave to you. Seek possibilities, readjust now in the early spring and then in midsummer it's people like me and you that will be at the competitive edge to help others that need our strength!

Courage my man...it takes courage to push through all that dirt and get the right and the most beautiful results! Success to you always!

Patricia

Mar 12, 2011 02:10 AM #42
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Erica,

Staying healthy is the key to life in general! You are absolutely, positively correct. Just take a peak at the past and look long enough to get energized and motivated to get out of that hole. It's isn't healthy for anyone!

May you have a consistently healthy and productive year and then some.... all the way into your future!

Mar 12, 2011 02:12 AM #43
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Kevin,

You seem like a man who stays on track, no matter what the hardship or challengs are, you stay the course and get results!

AMEN!

Good luck and may you be rich in success in all that you do!

Mar 12, 2011 02:14 AM #44
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Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
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Hi Patricia -- Plan...execution...evaluation -- are all key to success and you state that very eloquently and more! :)

Mar 12, 2011 03:16 AM #45
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Will Nesbitt
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Goal-setting is something everyone should do everyday.

Mar 12, 2011 04:08 AM #46
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Bruce LaMaster
Allison James Estates & Homes - Folsom, CA
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Goals are good!  However, my team isn't quite ready to tackle the second quarter yet.  We're going to need a little more time for that.

Mar 12, 2011 07:13 AM #47
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Chris,

I appreciate you taking time out of your business weekend to make comment. Your words are crystal clear and you have a gift of just knowing How To Say It!

Thanks and I wish you success in all your business transactions.

Mar 12, 2011 08:02 PM #48
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Will,

WOW! That's very true. I think we make things more difficult for ourselves if we don't follow your advice.

I appreciate what you have to say and I wish you the best!

Mar 12, 2011 08:03 PM #49
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Bruce,

Don't give up on your team. Sounds like you don't follow the status quo - good for you. I wish you and your Team excellent results.

Mar 12, 2011 08:06 PM #50
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Good Morning Patricia......I have no idea how I missed this one! It's one of your best!!!! Congrats on the FEATURE....you deserve it!
Hope you have a great day!---Rob

Mar 15, 2011 12:31 AM #51
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Rob,

Thank you.

Patricia

Mar 15, 2011 01:59 AM #52
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