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This was a "heavy lift" morning with my trainer Jenn Miller at the YMCA in Franklin MA.  My goal is to pull a deadlift of 200 pounds before December 31, 2016.  This lift was 195 pounds, and I lifted 190 pounds before doing this one.  That's two consecutive heavy lifts today.  I DID try the 200 pound lift, and I DID get it off the floor but could not stand up straight with it.  I would have injured myself.  My muscles were fatigued.


Setting goals are important in business AND personally.  Whether it's improving your physical fitness or your position within your business, one needs to work at it.  One needs to be conditioned to accomplish those goals. Moving forward one step at a time is the process, and it doesn't matter whether it's learning to list or learning to lift.  It takes focus, discipline and conditioning to master the task.

Goals do not happen without a plan. Plan it, and carry it out.  Commit to achieving small steps that will result in the ultimate challenge.  In real estate, it may be listing one lot and selling it to one builder to build your next listing.  Eventually, you'll close a subdivision of homes, and you'll be soaring with the eagles.

This lift today may not be a good example for most to understand, but it certainly falls into place for me.  It reminds me of my real estate career and achieving one goal at a time 38 years ago.  My greatest feeling on the lifting accomplishment is the fact that I have only gained one pound, and I'm confident it's NOT FAT.  

Lifting is a wonderful challenge for women, and it contours the body.  I gained one pound to 127 pounds, and I lost 2 sizes to a size 0 in many items of clothing. I'm a petite woman who can deadlift 195 pounds and not feel an ache or twitch of a muscle.  That's total conditioning and adequate preparation for a heavy lift. 

This is a great challenge for me, since I do not list real estate any longer.  I now market for agents but still promote my accomplishments, too. Another benefit of my current “marketing career!!”



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Barbara Todaro, sales manager of RE/MAX Executive Realty 

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Tim Maitski that's right.... there's no gray area...and there's no half assed cheating.... it's lifted or it's not.... I love it.... 

Dec 14, 2016 06:23 AM #57
Ranji Singh
Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. - Newmarket, ON

Hi Barbara,


You are an inspiration!


"Goals do not happen without a plan. Plan it, and carry it out"  ......  it is critical as we "carry it out" to constantly review and remind oneself of the goals. Often times, on the journey of "carrying it out" we get distracted and the goal becomes replaced by what should have been only a speck or a checkpoint  on the intended journey.


Thanks for sharing.




Dec 14, 2016 06:33 AM #58
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Barbara Todaro - You put us all to shame! But, then again, we may have other goals and be striving there in our own way. What is your ultimate weight lifting goal? I know you say 250 by June. There has to be a limit after that - or is there?

Dec 14, 2016 06:34 AM #59
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Ranji Singh carrying out the goals and staying focused on the task is the downfall of most!!! writing the goal is the simple part....

Dec 14, 2016 06:35 AM #60
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® I'll keep training and moving the bar until I hit the wall...I think the wall is very distant right now.... I'm aiming for 300 pounds, but I'm not sure if my frame can handle it.... I have a very small frame and I'm only 5'3".... if I can lift 250 pounds, I'll compete with my age group.... and I have a feeling that's 50 and older.... not too many in their 70's will be powerlifting....

Dec 14, 2016 06:53 AM #61
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Goals are so important whether in work or personal activities. 

Dec 14, 2016 07:00 AM #62
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Barbara, thanks for sharing from a personal perspective.

It all starts with a mindset. You have demonstrated what a sound and solid mindset that does not waver will accomplish.


Dec 14, 2016 07:26 AM #63
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Barbara -- yet another inspiring post -- so much of life involves proper goal setting, always moving forward while consistently improving with small steps.

Continue to soar with eagles --- it's nice up there, isn't it?


Dec 14, 2016 07:39 AM #64
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for your inspiring message. Some of us do not have enough exercise in our personal goals.

Dec 14, 2016 09:06 AM #65
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Barbara Todaro, I am so proud of you.  You always seem to have a goal and push to make that goal.


Dec 14, 2016 09:44 AM #66
Zurple Marketing Team
Zurple - San Diego, CA
Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents

This is awesome Barbara Todaro ! Thank you for that extra Wednesday motivation. 

Dec 14, 2016 09:44 AM #67
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Great work and preparation Barbara, you look awesome and that is a wonderful accomplishment.

Dec 14, 2016 10:17 AM #68
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

thanks, everyone, for your nice comments.... I appreciate every one of them...set your goals and then follow through and work the task....

Dec 14, 2016 11:17 AM #69
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

BarbaraT- you continue to inspire us.  Year ago when I was at Gold's Gym I was a novice to working out.  When I got on the stationary bike, I was ready to stop after about 5 minutes.  The man next to me helped me tremendously...he said do 5 minutes today, then tomorrow 6 and add a minute every day.  He taught me to set a goal and make it something you can achieve. 

Dec 14, 2016 06:53 PM #70
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Pretty impressive results which obviously are the result of a plan in action!  Put me to shame here!

Dec 16, 2016 03:37 AM #71
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC I highly doubt if there is anything or anyone who could put you to shame ..... 

Dec 16, 2016 03:40 AM #72
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Barbara. I believe you can do anything you set your mind to. Clearly you will achieve you goal.

Dec 16, 2016 06:34 AM #73
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

You are so focused Barbara. You are AMAZING and your above photo proves it We could all learn from you!

Dec 16, 2016 09:12 AM #74
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Good Morning Barbara Todaro , well the snow put a wrap on my appointments, 5 out 5 canceled just now, a good day to catch up on other things real estate oriented

Dec 17, 2016 05:39 AM #75
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

As a former lifter I get it.  I have worked out for many years and perfected my work out.  The problem was I did the same work out because of my former sports injuries, leaving a weak back.  Needless to say now, my lifting is limited but I'm getting stronger all the time after spinal fusion surgery.  

You're wise to stop when muscles are fatigued.  That's the best way to injure yourself!  

Goals are very important and I appreciate your meaning here.  Steps along the way to reach those goals is what is key.  

Dec 18, 2016 08:35 PM #76
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