Discipline is my New Year's Theme....

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Every year I put myself in a position to succeed in new resolutions.  That comes after many years of failure.  Instead of giving myself a million different resolutions I move to two or three that I can follow through with.  I finally joined the weight loss portion of AR and decided that I'm going to lose 20+ pounds.  Weight loss resolutions consensus.   I'm going to close on a couple of large commercial deals to take the stress off of the need to close 20 deals a month as an originator.

As of three years ago, I try also to add a theme for the year.  This year, my theme is going to be discipline....yes....DISCIPLINE.  A lot of people think that I'd disciplined as it is, but you know yourself better than anyone else and this year my focus is on uber - DISCIPLINE.  I'm not really sure how it's going to work, but I have an idea.  I've just updated my LIFE PLAN2009 will be better with a Life Plan!!!!.  I need to read that weekly and put the disciplined activities in my calendar so that I don't falter. 

I'm not going to be so rigid that life won't be allowed to happen either....but I will push hard to place some non-negotiables.  They are:

1)  My walk with Christ;

2)  My one on one time with my family;

3)  My one on one time with my wife;

4)  Continue the weekly activities to grow my branch, personal production and region.  I just signed on another loan officer yesterday that will start at the end of January.

5)  Health

6)  Vacation time.

Beyond that it all comes down to breaking each goal down to certain activities.  This is paramount to my successes.  I can't wait for the year to begin.  But in the interim, I'm taking my wife out for a morning breakfast and working a few hours then it's off to watch bowl games and abuse my kids.....or shall I say, let them abuse me. 

Love to hear the 1 non-negotiable resolution for you.

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Anne Hensel
South Beaches Real Estate Professionals - Saint Petersburg, FL
Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island

Discipline, if you have this and it is no problem to get all your New years resolutions done.

Dec 31, 2008 12:05 AM #1
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Discipline great word.  If we all had this we would be in such a better world.  I am going to use your blog to keep me motivated this coming year.

Dec 31, 2008 12:17 AM #2
Steven Wright
Home Real Estate - Aurora, CO
CRS - Home Real Estate - 720-989-5283

The one non negotiable for me is to invest more time into my family and have better direction leading them. Happy New Year.

Dec 31, 2008 01:21 AM #3
James Wexler
wexzilla.com - Scottsdale, AZ

want to be the first to CONGRATULATIONS!!!  on hitting 200K , Awesome my friend, just awesome ,

also, all the best for a healthy, happy and prosperous new years - see you in 09

Dec 31, 2008 01:22 AM #4
Kim Sellers
Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow

Great New Years resolutions... I am sure you will obtain all of them...

Dec 31, 2008 02:54 AM #5
Stephen Kappre
KW Hometown - Mantua, NJ
Helping You Home

In the past I created business and life plans that although ambitious, were too big for me. And they fell by the way side. There were things in my life from years ago that I would DIE to have back ... but they didn't leave me instantly and they won't come back - for 2009 I'm creating goals I can realistically adhere to.  And I'm writing them down. My hardest part is finding true accountability partners for all areas of my life. I can't find anyone to take on life and challanges with me ... I guess I need to pray more about it!!

Dec 31, 2008 05:48 AM #6
Dean Akey
Saint Charles, IL

Hi Larry.  The resolution I have for 2009 is to improve the quality of my life.  I know this sounds vague but it really isn't.  Included in this is to quit smoking, exercise and spend more quality time with my family.  Happy 2009. 

Jan 02, 2009 01:25 AM #7
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

My ONE non-negotiable resolution is making this the year that I trust God with EVERYTHING. I am going to spend more time fasting and praying...and just being in HIS presence. I want it ALL when it comes to knowing God.

Happy New Year, my friend!!! May 2009 be THE YEAR that ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!! ~GBU~

Jan 02, 2009 05:38 PM #8
Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

Those are great resolutions my friend.  All of them are on the top of my list!

Jan 04, 2009 06:30 AM #9
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Thanks for the comments all.  I agree with your non-negotiables and all of your comments.  Thanks for the encouragement and comments.

Jan 04, 2009 12:46 PM #10
Lynn Johnson
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN
Owatonna, MN Real Estate

Larry - I like the idea of the theme.  It's kind of like the "compass" for your decisions and choices.  Are they aligned with, and true to, your theme for success?  I, too, have a life plan that I enjoy reviewing and updating on a regular basis.  Most of it is continuous and un-changing - just an intregal part of my life.

Jan 05, 2009 02:34 PM #11
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

I love this Larry. It's not an easy task but it's the defining character from one successful business to another. How empowering!

Jan 06, 2009 04:28 AM #12
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Larry  - very inspiring. I wish you much success. My one non-negotiable resolution this year to become more submissive.  To GOD that is, so that I am back to a point where I hear his voice loud and clear and move when he tells me to without question.

Jan 17, 2009 05:20 PM #13
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