4 Resolutions to Start the New Year and Change Your Attitude

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

 

 

 

 

1. Understand Your Big Why Before You Set Your Goals

In order to achieve any goals for yourself - you need to have a big why. You need to have a deep understanding of what that goal means to you and what you are going to achieve by reaching it. I think that many of us set goals that don't have an intrinsic value - there is no "Why" in the goal.  That makes it easy to forget about the goal because it doesn't actually matter to you.  You can say you want to sell 100 homes this year but if you don't really care about how that is going to change your life, then you will forget it as quickly as the first snowflake melts on your windshield!

2. Make your goal a daily pursuit

Assuming you have picked a goal that means something to you, you need to make it a daily pursuit.  It can be as simple as asking yourself each morning: “What am I doing today to get closer to reaching my goal?” For example, if your goal is to hit $200,000 in revenue this year, then what are you doing each day to get you there? Think about the ways that you can achieve that goal.

Are you reaching out to potential clients? Are you creating exciting new ways for people to find you? If you haven’t planned any actions related to your goal, how can you incorporate them? If you need a constant, visible reminder, try writing your goal on a notecard and taping it onto your computer screen.

Celebrate your successes as you work toward the goal.  Keep track of not only where you are going - but also where you have come from! Knowing that you are moving toward your goal - step by step- will keep you on track to more success.

3. Prioritize Your Activities

Surrounded by technology and gadgets, it is easy to work nonstop.  Part of the reason you might be working is that you don't feel like you have accomplished anything for the day. Start the day with a list of to-dos.  Prioritize the list according to your big rock items and go from there. Set up boundaries for yourself and your clients. Decide when you’ll be accessible and working, and when you’ll be off. Once you have checked off all your to-dos for the days, then give yourself permission to take time to unplug. Of course, emergencies happen, but they don’t have to be the norm - and they are less likely to happen if you are on top of your schedule and your goals. When you find a sustainable balance between being on and off, you’ll find greater focus when you’re working, and greater relaxation when you’re not - and permission to turn off!

4. Expand your expertise

Target an area or a skill that you aren’t as knowledgeable about as you would like and set yourself a goal of becoming more familiar with it. It can be something that complements or grows your current skills.  Maybe it’s adding a new niche to your business plan like a new farm area or a becoming an expert on a certain demographic or putting more of an emphasis on your social media or learning about video.  Whatever it might be, just find an aspect of the industry you don’t know much about – and then go and conquer it!  I am going to learn more about video in 2020!

 

 

 

 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Lise,

Wonderful post and good advice, and we are not into resolutions, just mindfulness is enough for us to practice.  A

Jan 05, 2020 10:06 AM #6
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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Wow Lise Howe! You got me inspired with this common sense approach to goals for 2020!

Jan 05, 2020 10:13 AM #7
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Lise - a change in attitude works for a new year as well as great way to start to each day.  

Jan 05, 2020 10:32 AM #8
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Lise Howe - now that is the way to approach goals. This deserves to be featured. 

Jan 05, 2020 12:35 PM #9
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George Souto
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Lise good advice.  Now all that remains is carrying it out

Jan 05, 2020 01:58 PM #10
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James Dray
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Morning Lise.

My goal for 2020 is to learn more about the commercial side of real estate.  I know, I know, I'm a glutton for punishment

Jan 06, 2020 12:41 AM #11
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Brian England
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The success of our goals and resolutions definitely has a lot to do with the attitude that we have!

Jan 06, 2020 06:07 AM #12
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Curtis Van Carter
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Lise

This is the first year I have written my goal. Yes goal. Simply to live a healthier life. Now this goal has several areas to work on but it needs to become a reality. Those little aches and pains of aging are rising their nasty little reminders way too often. cheers cvc

Jan 06, 2020 08:26 AM #13
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Hi Lise Howe - I think there is a difference between setting business and personal goals and resolutions. Your post is on improving yourself through goals and it has some great value in it!  Thank you.

Jan 06, 2020 08:52 AM #14
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Lise Howe 

Without a positive attitude and willingness to try something new and stick to a plan, I doubt anyone could succeed. This is a good formula. I wish you a very happy New Year. May all of your goals be attainable with successful outcomes. 

Jan 06, 2020 09:11 PM #15
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Hi Lise - thanks for the inspirational post, and advice. I 

Jan 07, 2020 10:49 AM #16
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Sharon Tara
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I'm not one to make resolutions but this advice on goals is excellent advice!

Jan 08, 2020 07:07 AM #17
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Joan Cox
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Lise, like Nina, not much of a resolution person, but do believe when change needs to happen, do it!  

Jan 08, 2020 07:27 AM #18
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Also a mindfulness person. If I do that, the rest follows. Although, I do set intentions everyday, somewhat of a goal, I guess.  Thanks for this inspiration, Lise. 

Jan 08, 2020 07:35 AM #19
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Curtis Van Carter
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Lise

Thanks for both your comments, hope this will be a great year for you. cheers cvc

Jan 08, 2020 08:58 AM #20
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Joan Cox
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Lise, having been in the business for so long, you just do what needs to be done, and business will follow.  Love the start of a New Year, as you start to see buyers and sellers wanting to get things started.

Jan 09, 2020 07:39 AM #21
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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Sharon Tara - Thanks for reading my post more carefully than I did!!  I went back and made the correction - and thanks for letting me know through the message - you are awesome!

Jan 09, 2020 09:13 PM #22
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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Joan Cox - you are so right- I wrote two offers, received one on one of my listings and got a listing - all yesterday - and even got an email from someone I met with nearly a year ago - now she is ready to start looking!  I wish every day were like that!  January will be busy this year!

Jan 09, 2020 09:15 PM #23
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Roy Kelley
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This is excellent advice to share as we face the challenges of the new year.

Jan 10, 2020 06:21 AM #24
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Lise Howe wishing you well with your New Years Resolutions... it's good to have firmly planted goals that go on for a lifetime....especially when they include health.... 

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