A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION???...WHO DOES THAT ANYMORE?

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Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate 30HA0800896

A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION???...WHO DOES THAT ANYMORE?

I stopped making New Year's Resolutions because I have never kept one! Gone are the days when I would take great care in picking out a New Year's resolution---I never had any luck in keeping them so I discarded that old idea several years back...

Now, I have one that I have already put to good use and this is it: I AM OPEN AND WILLING TO LEARN NEW WAYS OF SEEING AND DOING THINGS!

In this "New World" that we live in today I am finding that the one constant  is that we need to be open and willing to LEARN at every opportunity...Not just our Continuing Ed courses, but in our everyday conversations and communication with people and in our search for improved ways to get business.

  • LEARNING is essential to attract new relationships and new business!
  • LEARNING can be done at any moment and can be done all the time if we are OPEN to it.
  • WILLINGNESS is the other factor to the learning process--if we are OPEN and WILLING to learn, we are moreLEARNING HELPS US TO LIVE BETTER LIVES receptive and more able to absorb new information.

This may seem elementry, however, I know there have been times when I was closed to other ideas than the ones I was currently using. I took a stand that was very solid and it did not bode well for me in the process of seeing NEW possiblities

EXAMPLE: This just happened yesterday at my office.

I walked in the front door yesterday morning and the AA was standing there with a big smile and she said "Look at these new window Photos!" I looked and had an immediate negative response because they looked so different from what we had been doing with the window photos....they were bordered with stark white versus the "Southampton Blue" that was used since 2003!

"I hate them!" I said and I went into my office and sat down....a few minutes later I went back out to the front and looked at the windows where the new photos had just replaced the old photos. Expecting to see a big change and expecting to "Hate" it, I looked at the presentation.

As I looked, I MADE myself turn on my objectivity--I looked and let my mind stop the chatter of "Look at those ugly photos--there is no color, no interesting attention drawing the eye...."

Then it hit me. As I looked at these new pictures, I actually "got" why the marketing department had chosen the stark white for the borders of the photographs.

In advertising, there used to be a mantra: "Lots of White Space is the key to getting your ad to pull" and as I looked at our new photo presentation, that is what I saw! Lots of White Space around these beautiful photos made them "pop" to the observers attention.

If I had not opened my mind and been willing to push against the initial negative reaction, I would not have seen  the change as a postive one---a change that is so subtle yet so dramatic to the way the eye is drawn to the photos.

I immediately told the AA that I loved the way they looked, and why---I also told her I was wrong in the way I had initially reacted and then I told her why... Then, I told her the story that I just told you.

CHANGE IS A PROCESS, NEVER ENDING

LEARNING is a process, a never ending process of information in and information out--if we do not see the postive in change then we will never be willing to change!

In life, change is a "given"!

 

ARE YOU OPEN AND WILLING TO MAKE A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION THAT CAN BRING IN NEW BUSINESS AND IMPROVE YOUR PERSONAL LIFE???

LET US KNOW WHAT YOUR RESOLUTION IS FOR 2012!

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Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
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You are so right.  Two key points here for us all (1) open mind and (2) change is a given. 

Dec 29, 2011 01:56 AM #1
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Paula,

Great story.  I just learned something from you!  Thank you!!  Now, about New Years resolutions.  I started reading your post thinking, yep, just had this conversation with my sister yesterday.  Well I've decided, New Years is just a tool to get me jumped started on something!   I start new resolutions all the time, it doesn't matter if it's January 1st or September 3rd.  I am going to start my resolutions today....call it what ever I want.  But I'm starting now!  Thanks for your great post.

Dec 29, 2011 01:58 AM #2
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Gary: I think you picked out the key points for any learning process--if we know that change is a concept that exists in all situations then we will be open to the ideas...and will learn from them! Incredible isn't it? It seems so easy and yet I am here to tell you: it ain't easy!!! Happy New Year to you !

Cindy: Good for you! I think that the people who advance well in the business world and yes, even in their personal lives, are those who have the willingness and openess to change and learn!..You sound like of them! Happy New Year!

Dec 29, 2011 02:28 AM #3
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Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666 - Roseville, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

Great comments from Gary and Cindy.  I've seen several good posts about New Years, resolutions, starting again and hope for the new year but your post is by far one of the best.  Thanks for the inspiration for 2012.

Dec 29, 2011 06:21 AM #4
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Doug: You are more than welcome! If the situation had not come up yesterday I probably would have been a readee and not the writer of a post for New Years Resolutions! This was a great thing thathappened because I could not ignore the fact that I was ready to write off the whole idea of a new border on the photos!

Dec 29, 2011 06:40 AM #5
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

David: That is exactly what happened to me...what a great learning experience! I now have this one example for my evaluation about anything that comes my way. I can't shut down like I did in the office in response to the AA's excitement---what an awful thing to do to her enthusiasm---like cold water on her in that moment. Here's to a re-newed year!! I think that is my new mantra:: Happy Re-New Year!!

Dec 29, 2011 07:02 AM #7
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Patricia Kennedy
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Paula, learning is what life is all about!  And I'll bet your AA appreciated the way you handled things.

Dec 29, 2011 08:57 AM #8
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Mike Schneider
10 YRS with Active Rain ! - Lake in the Hills, IL
ABR, CDPE, SFR

What is the "AA" position? for the New year im going to ask more. That way i learn more! so happy New Year to all you fine relators....best wishes for continued success !

Mike in Chicago !

Dec 29, 2011 09:05 AM #9
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Patricia: I haven't asked her but she is always a fan of mine--that's why it was such a bad thing I did to her when she was so excited and enthused about the new window photos...I have a good relationship with her and she seemed that it was a relief when I told her how I came to change my point of view. I have a feeling she would love to read this--I may send it to a few in the office andsee what they say..

Dec 29, 2011 09:05 AM #10
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Mike Schneider
10 YRS with Active Rain ! - Lake in the Hills, IL
ABR, CDPE, SFR

Oh I'll guess......."administrative Assistant"????

Dec 29, 2011 09:06 AM #11
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Mike: you got it right!!! See...it does pay to ask if you don't know (even if you really do!)..thanks for reading and making your superior knowledge known! :)

Dec 29, 2011 09:08 AM #12
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Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS
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Paula I learned years ago from my wise Mom (her favorite saying) " When you're through learning, you're through".   I stand for that to this day....learning is fun, it's exciting.  Choosing a different persepective on a regular basis brings in so much more good stuff - rather than staying stuck on same o same o.

 

Fabulous Post!!

 

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Dec 29, 2011 12:08 PM #13
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Anna: Your Mom sounds like she was wise indeed! My Mother was like that too! It's a lttle late in my life to be finally "getting" it but I guess I will be "getting" It until the day I die! Thanks for the feature and I am forever indebted to you for "getting" it too!! :)

Dec 29, 2011 12:22 PM #14
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