Ask An Ambassador: Staying Focused In 2019

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747


focus?Happy New Year!

Today is the day many people make promises to themselves.  Tomorrow is the day many of those resolutions will have already been broken.

Personally, I'm not a believer in resolutions.  If something needs done, I should just be doing it without the aid of a calendar.  Now whether I'll ACTUALLY do it is a whole 'nother ballgame :)

One of the keys to real estate success is the ability to maintain focus on the important.

It's VERY easy to stay busy, but busy isn't always good if it's busy doing the wrong things. 

I can spend day after day tinkering with my website's cosmetics, but if I didn't add content, what good was it?

I can blog daily (or even more often), but if I don't choose the right topics I'll never get the phone to ring.  I know the more posts I write about subdivisions, patio homes, new construction and long tail home searches, the better my odds of a consumer finding me.  And yet, I may go a week between my bread and butter evergreen posts while I play in the blogging sandbox.  Focus grasshopper....

Reading great blog post after blog post and listening to webinars full of fantastic ideas doesn't accomplish much if I don't bother to implement the elements that I know can help (e.g. yes, I REALLY need to get better at asking for reviews).

For me, one of my tools for staying focused is tracking where my business comes from:  blogging?  sphere?  referral?  Seeing those categories clarifies the effectiveness of my activities. 

So will you be able to maintain focus in 2019?  Do you know what works for you?


 Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz 


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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Happy New Year to you too Amanda!  Have a profitable 2019 Surrounded by friends and loved ones! 

Jan 01, 2019 07:09 AM #1
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Very well said.... focusing on actions that provide results.

Jan 01, 2019 07:10 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I just heard someone on the morning talk shows say that she didn't make resolutions - she set goals - I thought that was a great distinction - SMART goals have a likelihood of being achieved.

Jan 01, 2019 07:10 AM #3
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Happy New Year to you!  I hope 2019 is a wonderful year ahead!

Jan 01, 2019 08:24 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - you know what works and what doesn't work for you. That's important.  May the "contacts" keep coming in 2019. Happy New Year.

Jan 01, 2019 10:57 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi BLiz- Happy New Year to you!!! And I do agree with you that it does no good to occupy your time with projects that just make you look busy.

Jan 01, 2019 11:24 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I want to wish you and your family a special 2019, Liz and Bill.  May it be all you wish it to be!

Jan 01, 2019 01:48 PM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bill, yes I like to focus on a lot of things:)) seriously excellent advice and I do not make resolutions either, instead just do what needs to be done and then some....seriously I just wanted to stop in and wish you and Liz and the entire animal farm a Happy & Prosperous New Year, Endre

Jan 01, 2019 04:47 PM #8
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
South Florida Residential Real Estate

Happy New Year Bill!!! May 2019 be a great year for all of us all filled with health, love, prosperity, focus and committment. 

Jan 02, 2019 06:09 PM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Ez to get caught up in the "stuff" and focus on the tasks that meet the goals.

Jan 03, 2019 01:15 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I agree about the resolutions, Bill! And, I TOTALLY agree with the focus too - I am notorious for going down the cosmetic rabbit holes. And for what? It gets me NOTHING! I hope to think of your advice the next time I find myself heading down one of those holes...and get back to focusing on those things that actually brings business to the table!

Jan 08, 2019 05:43 AM #11
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the motivation. I have not been writing market reports lately. I hope to be more focused this year.

Jan 11, 2019 05:45 AM #12
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Very good New Year Post. I am not big on resolutions either, but I do look back and re-evaluate my Blog, Email, social networking, mailings, etc to see which are actually "Income Producing Activities". Did the webinar I Spent $45 on yield $45 worth of income? Did traffic increase on my websites after postcard mailing about a new neighbor? What Blog post had the most traffic? Those types of things. I do try to do these things monthly, not just annually. 

Jan 16, 2019 07:24 AM #13
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thank you for your great Ask and Ambassador column Liz and Bill Spear. So many tips and words of wisdom. Jeff 

Jan 30, 2019 08:33 AM #14
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