Motivational Monday - Following Your Dreams is No Joke

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Motivational Monday - Following Your Dreams is No Joke

 

So many parents encourage their children to follow their dreams; others think everything that happens in life is meant to be and dreams are just not worthy of our time. In my opinion, those are glass-half-empty folks! 

 

Before I ever knew that Walt Disney had coined the phrase, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” I was saying that to my boys every day! I wanted them to believe in themselves and in their dreams. 

If you can dream it, you can do it


Pie-in-the-sky ‘dreams’ are not simply dreams - they are goals; they are exciting goals. We work diligently to achieve our goals. We are encouraged by our coaches to create BHAG (big hairy audacious goals) and aim to achieve them. Aren’t those BHAG goals really ‘dreams?’ I believe they are.

 

I believe so strongly that they are, I truly do organize my goals and my life around those dreams. I remember meeting the top producer at one of the premier boutique firms that I joined just prior to the recession. He was (and still is) well known in the Charlotte area and sells a LOT of real estate each and every year. 

 

The company had his ‘President’s Cup’ prominently displayed in the study, a gorgeous space that was formerly a living room in an older house in historic Charlotte. That cup represented the name each year of the top-selling agent in the company. The company was filled with seasoned, top-producing agents, including the one whose name held the top spot on that trophy.


Agents had to be invited to join the company by an agent who worked there and I had received my invitation from someone with whom I had one of my very first cross-sales. I found that I had to have enough sales to be accepted AND there was a rather lengthy interview process to get in the door.

 

Dreams are no joke

 

Long story short, I remember sitting in that lovely room, looking at that prominently placed ‘President’s Cup’ thinking, “If they take me on, my name WILL be inscribed on that trophy! 

 

I was a relatively new agent - not brand new but, new enough that anyone who would have known of my dream to have my name inscribed on the President’s Cup, would have laughed hysterically!  So, I kept my dream to myself.

 

Well, I finally had enough sales to join the firm and I sailed through the interviews and was invited to hang my license with the brokerage.

 

When, going into the office, I parked so that I HAD to enter the office through the vestibule that was attached to the study. If no one was meeting in the study, I made sure I got a good glimpse of that cup! 

 

Ridiculous? Some may think so but, I’m a BIG believer in shaping your own destiny. I know, there is definitely a higher power but, I also believe that He lays out those opportunities for us. It’s up to us to do everything humanly possible to carry out our part of that destiny. 

 

Putting that cup inside my head as often as possible was a real motivator for me! The recession hit and while putting my boys, both through college was a top priority, I never lost sight of my own dreams - including the inscription of my name on that cup. And, I FINALLY got it! 

 

YES! Organizing my life around that dream gave me the ability to watch that dream come true. 

 

Dreams do come true

 

The only photo I have of it is blurry, as you can see, and you cannot see my name inscribed on the cup! Am I broken-hearted about that? Nope, I moved on to bigger and better dreams and I know my name is there. After all, it was MY dream! 😆 

 

May you be motivated by your dreams this late December Monday! 

 

#MakingDreamsComeTrue  #IfYouCanDreamItYouCanDoIt

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Motivational Monday - Following Your Dreams is No Joke

Comments (50)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - YOU ARE A DREAM MAKER!

CONGRATULATIONS! BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT ARE THE DREAMS THAT COME TRUE BY YOU FOR OTHERS THAT COME TRUE!

Dec 22, 2020 11:46 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Focusing on a goal is so powerful.  You proved that.

Dec 22, 2020 12:32 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Great motivational story Debe. Focus that power.

Dec 22, 2020 01:54 PM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Beautiful post that is a must-read for all who desire to reach their goals. I love that you shared your story with us.

Dec 22, 2020 02:36 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

They are still 'BIG' dreams for us, James Dray - no matter how old we are!

Dec 22, 2020 05:45 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hey, not all of them, Brian England - and you'll get a kick out of this...

My DREAM (big dream) my entire life was to be the first female to play in the NBA. I was a starter in high school & college and was CONFIDENT that I would be the first! Well, that never happened! LOL But, my dream, like yours, was so motivating and kept me focused through 8 years of school!

Dec 22, 2020 05:53 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

My pleasure, Roy Kelley! How is Chef Dolores doing?

Dec 22, 2020 05:54 PM
Roy Kelley

Her surgery was successful. She need to take it easy for the next week or so.

Dec 22, 2020 06:29 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Well, she's in good hands, Roy! I know you'll take great care of her.

Dec 22, 2020 07:47 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you and that is so true, Grant Schneider - it can't be taken away. For me, no one else ever knew that dream either! 

Dec 22, 2020 06:09 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It really is a goal, Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR! For me, the dreams are maybe even a little more exciting - they are all my own personal 'secret.' So, when they do come true, it's so very rewarding. I know you operate much like I do so, you get it!

Dec 22, 2020 06:11 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you, Joe Jackson! For a long time, I was a seat-of-the-pants agent. I had a fantastic real estate coach that taught me that I actually run a business - and I HAD to have goals. I haven't looked back and am SO thankful for that coach. He taught me so much more than I had any clue that I was 'missing' - thinking I was working 'for' a brokerage! How ridiculous, right?!!

Dec 22, 2020 06:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

HaHa! I don't know if I'm a dream-maker but, I surely do love helping others achieve their dreams, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP! Funny but, I just received a local magazine that had a 'top producer' featured on the cover. You should have seen me running around the house like this agent was my own child! I trained her and she is doing SOOOO well! She actually listened to everything I had to say, including joining her HOA Board and becoming the president. She dominates her neighborhood - and everyone knows her now! 

I seriously thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest when I saw that cover! There's nothing more fulfilling than helping someone else become successful and realize their dreams. It's life-changing and being a tiny part of it just makes my heart smile! I know you know exactly what I'm talking about too! ❤️

Dec 22, 2020 06:17 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I had such a visual of you clutching the local magazine while running around the house with flashbacks of her being coached and mentored by you and now she dominates with success and everyone knows her name!!! That's a testimony to  you that your teaching methods work. I'm so proud to hear this great news! In sum, not only do  you build houses and thoughtful renovation projects, you help new agents to build character so that they can be successful too! You really do have a lot to be proud of because you help others to "realize their dream!" I  have a feeling, she will do the same for others. Congratulations! You gave birth to a well deserving agent to succeed!!!

Dec 23, 2020 07:07 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Focusing is the key, Chris Ann Cleland and I know you know that too!

Dec 22, 2020 06:18 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I appreciate that, Lyn Sims! Focus is everything - well, that and attitude! 

BTW, it was so good to see you today. I love it when you join us on Tuesdays!

Dec 22, 2020 06:20 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, thank you so much, Paula McDonald, Ph.D.! That means a lot to me and I would love it if it helped someone realize their dreams.

Dec 22, 2020 06:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe, what an awesome motivational post and we are on the same page.. my father dreamed of wanting to come to the USA and here we were.... I dreamed of Working in Boston MA and I did... then I kept seeing the Pacific Ocean and here we are .... yes if you can see it and you can dream it you can achieve it....Endre

Dec 22, 2020 08:25 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debe,
What a wonderful story. I wish more people understood they have control over their destiny instead of thinking some people are "so lucky".  I was once asked how I was so lucky to receive a scholarship for a rather exclusive program in which only 10% of recipients were women.  Do you know what my answer was?  "I filled out the application and went to the interview."  That program wasn't my goal but it was a step toward it.  We have to know what our BHAGs are so we know how to plot the path, don't we? 

Kudos to you for going after your dreams!  You are an inspiration for all of us, Debe!

Dec 23, 2020 06:08 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you and you totally understand where I'm coming from, Endre Barath, Jr. - you were also raised to go after what you want...and you also understand, as your Dad did, that it's up to YOU to make it happen - and you DID!!

Dec 23, 2020 06:27 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Carol Williams! You 'get' it too! This is another thing that I believe the media is killing - dreams! We shouldn't be 'handed' our dreams, we should 'earn' them - make them come true ourselves, just as you did, getting into the elite program that you did. 

And, yes! We definitely need to know those BHAGs - how else do we plot our dream paths?!

Dec 23, 2020 09:35 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS  dream BIG.... you have what it takes to make those BIG DREAMS  happen....YOU'RE the one who will make them happen, just as you always have....

Dec 24, 2020 02:09 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You've been on my mind this week, Barbara. Let's plan to chat next week when it's convenient for you. I hope you and your amazing family have a lovely Christmas. Know you are in my heart and prayers!

Hugs, Barbara Todaro

Dec 24, 2020 03:02 PM
Barbara Todaro

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family, Debe Maxwell, CRS ....  xoxo

Dec 25, 2020 01:29 AM

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