Lately, I’ve noticed a trend in my blogging. I guess it’s because we are in the last month of 2016. Years ago, as a newly licensed REALTOR®, I was taught by a wonderful broker, and one of his passions was to teach his agents about goals and planning for the future. Almost 30 years have passed since he last taught me, and I can truthfully tell you that I’ve never lost sight of his teachings.
There is a trend in my blogging because I am a planner. When I am not instructing, I am planning. I have visions, I have goals and I am relentless until they all come to pass. I am old enough to have succeeded, then failed, then succeeded again, failed again, and then rose above it all. There is a trend in my blogging this time of year because I am passionate about looking beyond today.
I had been a single mother of two small girls when I entered the practice of real estate in 1983, and I was petrified that I would not make it. Throughout my career, I have taken positions with attorneys because the market was slow, but I always maintained my license. I also knew how much I needed to bring into the household to raise my daughters. I was a product of my broker’s teachings, not necessarily because I wanted to be, but because I had to be. With time, I became a believer, but it was a long, arduous struggle to get to the point where I would map out my life. The trend in my blogging comes from years of writing lists, keeping track of time, writing and rewriting goals, and knowing where I wanted to be in life.
If you see a trend in my blogging, perhaps you will take notice of it. I cannot emphasize enough the need to plan. I can only tell you that if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. That sounds silly, but I’ve seen it carried out many times. TEAM Hughes has been in a growth mode for several months, and I can tell you why. We were not content. We were not satisfied. We wanted to grow. We wanted to expand. We wanted to bring aboard great instructors in order to surround ourselves with great people. We did not want to stop what we were doing and we were willing to take the plunge into uncertainty as long as we had a couple of backup plans. This, simply put, is planning.
If you are selling real estate, you need a plan. You must know how you will handle the changes that may occur, e.g. the economy, interest rates, higher home prices, less buyers, more sellers. Don’t get caught short! You want to be one of those agents who not only survives, but who comes out on top! If a trend in my blogging catches your eye, let me know. I’m not alone out here. There are plenty of us who plan to succeed, and I hope you are one of them!