Benchmarks for the coming year

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Benchmarks for the coming year

2013 talent and effort

New Year Resolutions that are trite soon lose traction. Grand visions for major life changes that soon fade, perhaps only to surface as part of the list for following years. They sound good and fill a cultural necessity ~ everyone must have New Year Resolutions - no one expects us to keep them.

Over time, I have allowed resolutions to assume the category of good ideas, reminders perhaps.

Instead, when I plan my furture, I look to benchmarks, something to judge my actions and activity against. These can be words (tenacity, generosity, co-operation etc) or exhortations (never give,in/up, make a mark, be reliable, give value etc).

Approaching 2013, I am aware that no-one owes me a living and that life in general has its usual stack of challenges.  What 2013 will bring me is entirely up to me.

My benchmarks for this coming year are Talent and Effort - a recognition of what I am and what I do.

How will you make the best of 2013?

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Rainmaker
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
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Larry,

Set up a badge/button web page for 2013.

Also solicit new suggestions for new designs/concepts on that page.

Have a yearly button/badge idea contest winner.

Dec 30, 2012 06:22 AM #1
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Alan Kirkpatrick
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Larry:

Nice post, thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great week. 

Dec 30, 2012 06:39 AM #2
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Talent and Effort covers a lot of ground, Larry.  If we make every effort to make the most of our talents we will be a SUCCESS!

Happy New Year!

Mary

Dec 30, 2012 07:02 AM #3
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Larry, may your efforts in the coming year allow your talents to blossom! Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2012 09:27 PM #4
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Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Pete - Thanks for suggestions. I attempted email contact recently with you for contact details with no reply.

Alan - Thanks, I intend to make it a good year.

Mary - you are right about coverage. I am mostly attempting to avoid distractions by filtering.

Wayne - Thanks. I am sure you have a plan as well.

Dec 31, 2012 12:08 AM #5
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Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Valerie - thanks. You will probably get to your celebrations before we do. Enjoy

Dec 31, 2012 07:45 AM #7
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
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Not sure what happened, will contact you soon.

Happy New Year Larry!

Dec 31, 2012 03:26 PM #8
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JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Well said, Larry. Talent and effort are great mantras. The leader of my networking group has chsoen "fearless" as her word to focus on this year.

I think "persistance" would be a good one for me to use.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and abundant 2013 to you and yours.

Jan 01, 2013 10:48 AM #9
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Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

JoAnn - "persistance" is surely a great word to get up to each day, and ensures that you will always be in there swinging. All good luck to you for a great year.

Jan 01, 2013 11:43 PM #10
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Julie Bentley
Watson Realty Corp, Jacksonville, FL - St Johns, FL
Saint Johns, FL REALTOR

"Approaching 2013, I am aware that no-one owes me a living and that life in general has its usual stack of challenges.  What 2013 will bring me is entirely up to me."

I love this, Larry. Challenges are a certainty but they do not define us - how we respond to them does define us.  I wish you a tremendous year of success from your hard work and many talents.


Jan 02, 2013 09:37 AM #11
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Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Julie - here's to good responses always, and a great year as a result.

Jan 02, 2013 11:35 PM #12
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I use benchmarks also rather than resolutions. They are much more realistic. I love the message in your picture. Simple but to the point.

Jan 04, 2013 02:37 AM #13
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Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Jill - thanks for the backup of keeping things simple. Certainly makes life easier. And keeps expectations manageable.

Jan 04, 2013 10:30 PM #14
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John McCormack, CRS
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I didn't make resolutions I made a list of a few realistic goals.  After 11 days into 2013 we're on track.  Check back in another 11 days :)  Enjoy that pristine snow you have... sure wish we had some.  Heck even a little ... dry as a bone in our area.

Jan 11, 2013 01:57 PM #15
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Bob Crane
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You are a wise man Larry, thanks for sharing your wisdom and benchmarks with us today.

Jan 12, 2013 03:02 PM #16
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Larry,

Your post is certainly worth reading and pondering. You are such a wise and wonderful man. I had to click suggest because I really do believe more people would benefit by your encouraging words. Many people get stuck on their New Year Resolutions and you bring clarity on the topic that could benefit many.

Living up to our potential is as good as maybe it should get.

I love this post!

Jan 20, 2013 12:41 AM #17
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