Six Tips To Getting Over The Resolution Blah's

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It's January 2, 2012, and chances are, you're already on your way to quiting your new years resolutions. That's because, by the seventh day in any given year, most resolutions have been abandoned. The great thing about a new year, is the chance to start over. So don't waste the opportunity, by setting goals you never intend to reach in the first place. Here are five tips to buck the trend, and succeed in the resolution game:

Be Accountable To Yourself- In the past, I've written about writing yourself a letter, from the perspective of the end of the year. It's titled, XXXX Year, Was The Best Year Of My Life. The letter would include details, about why the forthcoming year, was the best, sealed away until December 31st of that year, and opened. The XXXX year is the best year of my life is a different way of writing down your goals.


Write A List- This is a hard one. Most people have no idea of what they are good and bad at. But the best way to reach a goal is to know your strength and weakness. Get out the 9 x 11 tablet, and write down what you're good at, what you flat out stink at, and which areas can use some improvement. Assessing your abilities is tough, but that is why we also need to examine where we're talented. Goals should be honest, and we should be honest with ourselves about our abilities go improve.


Give Yourself A Theme- It isn't the same as a mission statement, but much more simplistic. Instead of writing down a message, simply write down one word that is going to define your year, and put it away somewhere. It could be consistency, strength, fun, discipline, or any other word you wish to emphasize for the next 365 days.


Monthly Check Ups- How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time of course. The biggest reason people don't attain goals, is because they make them too lofty, and impossible to reach. Is this done on purpose? The best way to avoid this mistake, is to break the year up, into twelve sections, and assess your progress at the conclusion of each month. Or, you could write your goals in such a way. It's much less intimidating to think about losing 4 pounds per month, to losing 50 pounds in the next year.


Tell Someone Else- Be it a spouse, sibling, friend or coworker, goals become real when we share them with someone else. And a lot tougher to walk away from.


Get One Out Of The Way Early- This can be anything from contacting a friend you know you've been meaning to call, to joining a gym and going to that first workout. Either way, get one of your goals out of the way in the first two weeks. It's amazing how much easier things become, after taking that first step.



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Scott Hayes

Austin Real Estate Agency

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Comments (62)

Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I like writing my goals and resolution down.  I try to evaluation my success monthly.  Taking small bites, setting my goals month by month is the best way for me to accomplish my goals and resolution.

Jan 02, 2012 06:14 PM
Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt

Scott, I like the theme idea. I will have to come up with one.  Happy New Year!

Jan 02, 2012 07:24 PM
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Great ideas Scott - I like the letter and the list...the list keeps you on top of it regularly and the letter opened at the end of the year will hopefully be a gratifying experience...and if not, you'll already have a jumpstart on 2013 goals and resolutions! Tracking progress monthly is always a good can adjust goals as necessary and see what you've accomplished to give you momentum for the balance of the year. It's an ongoing process for sure!

Jan 02, 2012 11:21 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Scott I really like the idea of writing myself a letter.  That's very original.  Hmmmmm!

Jan 03, 2012 02:33 AM
Linda Jamail Marshall
Linda Marshall,Houston Texas, Linda Marshall, Realtors® - Houston, TX
Broker, ABR,QSC,RECS,ACRE - Innerloop Houston, Tex

Great advice Scott!

Happy New Year from Innerloop Houston Texas

Jan 03, 2012 03:28 AM
Sue Ellett
Coldwell Banker Realty - Austin, TX
Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Dripping Springs

Great post and advice.  Hope your 2012 is all you want it to be! 

Jan 03, 2012 04:20 AM
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

I don't make any resolutions. I know if the subject were important I'd already be doing something about the problem. And since I'm not, why kid myself.

Jan 03, 2012 05:07 AM
Kim Mulligan
Engel & Völkers Seattle/Eastside - Seattle, WA
Selling Homes for the 21st Century

Just read last night that one will have better luck following through by not telling someone about the new goal.  The theory is that the mind will "check" off that item because the act of speaking it is akin to actually doing it and therefore the brain sees that as partially completing the task.

My guess is it depends on the person, the goal, and of course the spouse or confidant.

Jan 03, 2012 05:18 AM

Goals, goals, goals! I can see how these can help make lots of changes where one does not know where to begin. Love your post. Have yourself a successful Year.

Jan 03, 2012 05:25 AM
Jimmy Phan
Phan real estate group in hickory

Scott...great post man.

Yea, the first week of the new year you can always see the parking lot at the YMCA is full.

And by the third or latest the fourth week, you dont have to fight for the machine and equipment anymore.

Those gunghos that show off the first two weeks are now on their ways out and by the fourth week you would say "see you next year".


thanks for sharing

jimmy phan

Jan 03, 2012 05:26 AM
Lehel Szucs
All Seasons Real Estate, Inc. - Covina, CA
REALTOR of choice

I like your points ... I think what is even better is to put your goals in your time-line and use NLP to implant them in your neurology ... things magically happen that way ..... 

Jan 03, 2012 06:06 AM
Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

Hi Scott - I would add another:  get a streak going.  It's harder to stop when you have already done it 7x in a row.  Today was my 8th day of 1 hour of walking/running and I'm not going to quit anytime soon.  I'm hoping to get to at least May!  By then it will be a habit!

Jan 03, 2012 08:56 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Broadcasting your resolutions and posting them for all to see helps, especially if you have pride in your character. When you make an announcement and deliver with your performance, your integrity is as solid as gold, isn't it? Get up early and just do it, whatever, you resolved to do. 

Jan 03, 2012 09:28 AM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

The goals are the hardest to keep up with, and the easiest to set aside. Starting over always seem wierd too, who came up with that concept?

Jan 03, 2012 01:51 PM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Scott, great post with excellent pointers.  I am going to work on my "theme".


Jan 03, 2012 09:56 PM
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Great tips! I love the letter idea. I do something similar every 6 months, so when I open my letter 2 times a year I can see where I was wanting to be and either celebrate the times I'm on schedule, or am able to adjust again and have 6 more months til the end of the year. I also love making weekly, monthly, and yearly goals, to more simply take one bite at a time out of the elephant! Happy New Year to you!

Jan 04, 2012 12:23 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

I'm gonna put them in the notepad of my phone and everyday have it ring and remind me to stay on track!

Jan 04, 2012 01:41 PM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

You must be so busy crushing your goals! I miss reading your posts, buddy. Hopefully you're just super busy in real estate.

Jan 14, 2012 04:14 PM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

I'm late to the party but wanted to say hi! I'm sure its all been said and done, so just thanks for putting out quality blogs. Happy New Year!

Jan 15, 2012 12:19 PM
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

And to think that I almost missed this one. Really liked the part where you said break down goals. Scott I try to know monitor my efforts every other day. The more I am looking at my goals and examining my daily performance to tweak what needs tweaking the better I have a chance of not achieving my goals but emulating them. GOALS MUST BE WRITTEN DOWN AND BE IN FRONT OF YOU EVERYDAY. Congratulations on the Gold Star. And I had to stop by and say hello since it has been a while.

Jan 23, 2012 03:49 PM