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The Odds For Your Success Are Against You, So You'd Better Get Ready

Managing Real Estate Broker with Pino Agency NJ - 9235504

How many of you set New Year's resolutions for 2013?

It's easy to feel confident in your abilities while celebrating the end of one year with the energy, optimism and promise of the new year pushing you from behind.  It's understandable to feel strong the first couple of days of January, but what happens after the first week or two?  It may not be such a simple task to stay the course.    

A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol, involving 3,000 people, showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning.

Knowing that there is such a high failure rate, what can be done to increase your odds of being one of the successes?  You have a 12% chance of victory.  What do the 12% who win do differently than those who give up?

1)  To begin with, it's vitally important to write down your goals.

2) Next, you must believe in your heart and soul that you can accomplish your resolution.  Failure cannot be an option.

3)  It is extremely good planning to share your desire with at least one supportive and understanding person, someone who will hold you accountable.

4)  Celebrate small victories along the way!  Remind yourself of other habits you have changed or new skills you have learned and put into action.  If you were able to accomplish those things, certainly you can master another new habit.  

For instance, I have never had any luck keeping houseplants alive until a year ago.  Oh, I've tried many times, but I cannot begin to tell you how many dried-up plants have ended up in my trash cans over the years.  Most of the time, the problem was one of discipline.  Plants absolutely need to be watered and fed regularly.  I failed miserably in my efforts.

That was until 2011.

The plant pictured here was purchased in the early Summer of 2011.  It had about 4 shoots, measuring 6-8 inches in height.  In the fall, I brought it inside and began the routine of care it needed.  As you can see, it is now much, much bigger than 8 inches!

Chris' plant

I'm proud of this accomplishment.....very proud!

I can't begin to tell you how many houseplants over the course of my 51 years have met their untimely end.  It's sad.  But I am happy to report that the plant pictured is one of eight that are now part of my happy little home.  

So, getting back to New Year's resolutions.....if I ever begin to doubt that I am unable to master something new in 2013, all I need to do is to take a glance at this plant.  If I was able to master the discipline to successfully grow this beauty, I can accomplish anything that I set my mind to.

And so can you.

Celebrate your past successes and you will cement your future ones.

Happy New Year, Folks!  

Here's to your success!


Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

What an interesting post, Christine. Good luck and more success!

Jan 01, 2013 05:10 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Christine.... good post... plan it and execute....and then be consistent.... happy new year, Christine...

Jan 01, 2013 08:49 PM
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

Hi, Mike....thanks!  Glad you liked it.

Hello, Barbara!  Thanks for stopping by.  I know you already have mastered the ability to make changes and resolutions.  Your discipline is amazing!

Jan 02, 2013 01:46 PM
Melissa Brown
Helen Adams Realty - Charlotte, NC
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

Wow Christine, what an inspiring post!  I love the plant growing analogy, perhaps because I have a black thumb!  I always blame it on the low lighting in my house, but it's really me - I forget to take care of them!  Happy New Year!

Jan 05, 2013 10:33 PM
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

I never make resolutions.  I always make personal and business goals and they develop a plan to achieve them as best I can.

Jan 06, 2013 12:24 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, so regardless of resolutions, dreams or visions, without a comprehensive plan to achieve your goals, nothing is going to change. To move anything requires energy, work  or action and nothing changes without them. Best of success about achieving your goals in 2013.

Jan 06, 2013 12:51 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes


Celebrating those small victories along the way provides the inspiration to continue working on one's goals.  Great post! Congratulations on growing your beautiful houseplant!

Jan 06, 2013 02:03 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"


Good luck in your 2013 ventures. May your business grow like your plant.

Jan 06, 2013 10:30 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://www.medicalandspaconsulting.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

My New Years resolution for the past 15 years has been the same: I resolve not to make any resolutions and so far I am 15 for 15 LOL Happy New Year

Jan 06, 2013 11:43 AM
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

We all have different accomplishments which we should reflect back upon to increase our positive drives in the future, this was a great post, and a beautiful plant to boot!

Jan 06, 2013 03:41 PM
Pam Maglione
Pam's VAS - Levittown, PA

Great Post.  I don't make New Years Resolutions either, I write down my goals.  All the best to you in reaching your goals.

Jan 06, 2013 10:09 PM
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

That is a beautiful plant Christine, and doesn't it make you feel good that YOU made it look that way? Little accomplishments like that encourage us and spur us on towards bigger and better things.

Jan 06, 2013 10:11 PM
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

Great post for a new year.  Yes, keep the goal set in front of you so that you see them through out the day or at least in the morning and in the evening.  Let your mind help accomplish your goals this year.

Jan 07, 2013 06:58 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Chris, congratulations on the plant.  If you can do that you can do anything.  Even here in Florida I kill orchids every year.  No one can kill and orchid except me.  Best of luck in the 2013 real estate year.  It's going to be HUGEEEEEEEE!

Jan 10, 2013 04:37 AM