Are you going for the GOLD?

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Haven’t the Olympics been spectacular so far? Just watching them fills us all with a sense of real estate trainingexcitement and pride. Amongst the outstanding athletes competing is Dana Vollmer who won the gold medal in the 100M individual butterfly. What makes this so amazing is four years ago she didn’t even make the team and was so disappointed and distraught she thought seriously about quitting and never competing again.

But she didn’t quit. She didn’t take the easy way out and just give up. She saw this failure merely as feedback to improve. Instead of quitting she recommitted to her goal of competing and winning in the Olympics and spent the next four years doing whatever she needed to do to be ready this time around.

Are you this committed to your goals or have you allowed some perceived failures to derail your plans?

I have learned through difficult times that it's not what happens to you, it's what you do about what happens to you that is really important.

The thoughts you allow yourself to have are very important. What you focus on will be manifested in your outer life.

You must knock out all negativity.

Visualize defeats and you will be defeated. Visualize success and you will achieve it. What you see is what you'll be.

Set new goals. Believe you can reach them. With YOU all things are possible. Choose to succeed.

Success does not come from where you are but from the way you think. Visualize your dream.

What do you want to accomplish? If you continue the way you are going will you get to where you really want to go?

Dream BIG dreams but accept the responsibility to make them come true.

Do what you love-love what you do.

Be an unshakable optimist.

Never consider the possibility of failure.

Thought for today: I shut the door on yesterday
and threw the key away. Tomorrow has no fears for me since I have found today.

Have a productive day.


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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good morning Bill - great message today! Thanks for the motivation and inspiration! 

Jul 30, 2012 12:05 AM #5
Kim Skumanick
Keller Williams Real Estate - Tunkhannock, PA
Thanks for the great advice Bill. Haven't watched much of the Olympics, but love the line, "what you see is what you'll be."
Jul 30, 2012 04:04 AM #6
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Massapequa, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

For me the most impressive words in this post are: But she didn’t quit.

How many people quit with a lot less reason than she had... good for her and may her actions be an inspiration to all "the quitters."

Jul 30, 2012 04:54 AM #7
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Get some sleep tonight, and rock the market tomorrow!

Jul 30, 2012 12:24 PM #8
Bill Fields
Bill Fields Learning Systems - Treasure Island, FL

Thanks all for your great comments.

Jul 30, 2012 09:17 PM #9
Tiffany Sniezek
RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct, - The Woodlands, TX
Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX
Loving the Olympics and love your post especially the thought for the day. Such great stories behing our athletes and Dana's is definitely a great one. Have a great day!
Jul 31, 2012 02:59 AM #10
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Great inspiration as we go into the late summer months.  It doesn't have to be a slow time of year just because others say it is.

Jul 31, 2012 03:13 AM #11
Cheryl Thomson, REALTOR, U.S Army-Veteran
Jobin Realty (703.216.5635) - Woodbridge, VA
Real Estate in Northern Virginia

What is that saying?  Winner's don't quit and quitters don't win!

Jul 31, 2012 03:42 AM #12
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Wonderful words of inspiration.  The picture of Dana is cool.  She is from my hometown of Granbury, Texas.

Jul 31, 2012 03:48 AM #13
Shanna Day Team Leader (UT & AZ)
Keller Williams SLC (UT) and Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) - Park City, UT
Keller Williams Realty

I was thinking the very same thing last night.... If I work as hard at my business as the Olympians do at theirs, maybe I'll win gold too!   I wish the best to all of you Active Rainers too! 

Jul 31, 2012 05:36 AM #14
Bill Fields
Bill Fields Learning Systems - Treasure Island, FL

Thanks Tiffany, it's been great!

Amen Margaret!

Cheryl , no truer words have ever been spoken!

Paula so we know you are rooting for the home town girl!

Shanna, that's the truth for all of us!

Jul 31, 2012 05:59 AM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Bill - My kids were competitive swimmers.  They swam at Arden Hills, which is the swim club where Mark Spitz trained.  The club boasted 31 Olympic medals - 21 of them Gold.  Olympics time always garnered excitement at Arden Hills.  I remember 1980, when the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Olympics because they had invaded Afghanistan.  We had one swimmer (Jeff Float) who missed out on that Olympiad, but was able to continue training and get Gold at the L.A. Olympics in 1984.  I love the games. . .But it was hard to top the Opening Ceremonies and having the Queen and Bond jumping out of a helicoptor:-)

Jul 31, 2012 09:20 AM #16
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I loved this post!  I'm definitely going for the GOLD and the SOLD!  Yeah.  That was cheesy.  Congrats on the feature and thanks for the inspiration.  

Jul 31, 2012 09:53 AM #17
Bill Fields
Bill Fields Learning Systems - Treasure Island, FL

Mryl, wow that's some Olympic history! I liked the comedian.

Cheesy but funny. Thanks for the comments.

Jul 31, 2012 10:12 AM #18
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

She is a great inspiration and a person who is important to bring up with we, our friends, colleagues etc. have challenges.

"What makes this so amazing is four years ago she didn’t even make the team and was so disappointed and distraught she thought seriously about quitting and never competing again."

Jul 31, 2012 11:57 AM #19
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Dream big, and learn from failures. Don't quit. Keep on going.

Jul 31, 2012 12:19 PM #20
Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

Set your GOALS and go for the GOLD. I truly agree with you. Everything is possible if you give your all with it. If you visualize defeat you will not achieve your goal. Thanks for this inspirational words.

Jul 31, 2012 12:44 PM #21
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Bill - Deam big dreams and then take responsibilty for making them happen.  I like that.

Jul 31, 2012 03:32 PM #22
Bill Fields
Bill Fields Learning Systems - Treasure Island, FL

Joan she's an inspiration to us all!

Erica, I agree with you it's important to dream big and learn from your failures.

Thanks Mike, everything IS possible!

Thanks Christine, nothing more important than accepting responsibility.

Jul 31, 2012 09:34 PM #23
Ben Gerritsen
Mortgage Miracles Happen, NMLS ID: 1289680 - Ogden, UT
Mortgage Loan Originator

Thanks Bill, we all have to go for the gold each & every hour of each day.  Here's another point, Michael Phelp's came in 2nd place in one race last night.  He floated in while the guy in 1st place gave an extra 1/2 strok & pushed to get to the finish line (the wall).  We need to give our extra push and not float in.  To get the gold, push and push and push.

Aug 01, 2012 01:38 AM #24
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