It’s that time again when a NEW YEAR inspires us to set our personal and/or professional New Year Resolutions. For some, it’s time for a do-over. Why the tradition? It actually dates back to 153 B.C. in Rome with a mythical god named “January.” Want to know more? Visit “Wonder of the Day #90.” It’s a fascinating read!

What the real estate world or economy does or does not do is NOT in your control. What is in your control is the attitude and approach that you engage on how you conduct or do business. That is why setting attainable goals are so important. If you choose a goal that is unrealistic, you can get discouraged when you feel too much pressure to achieve it, which can stall or block an opportunity. On another note, if you have a daring personality, set unattainable goals. That is how high achievers, like Tiger Woods, do it!

When asked if his father was the key to his golf success, Tiger Woods smiled and responded, “I set unachievable goals. When I achieve one, I set another unachievable goal.”

Nonetheless, setting and sharing your goals is a great way to make yourself accountable. Otherwise, the goals are merely desires or ideas that fade. Perhaps it is the fear of not achieving them that holds you back to avoid disappointing yourself if they are not accomplished. If this sounds like you, make a random list of goals, then highlight the three most important goals (or ones that are easily achieved); revisit the remainder when the first three

have been accomplished. Then, reset. Make sure your personal and professional goals are on separate lists! Still unsure or hesitating? Take the 3-R approach!

How? There are many variations of the “Three R’s.” Originally, the three R’s served as the basis of education. One had to master three subjects – reading, writing and arithmetic – before one could move on in life and be successful. Certainly, there are variations. Protecting the environment uses Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 

Consider my version of the three R’s to set your New Year’s Resolution

  • Revisit what worked and what didn’t work. What worked is your celebration and consider what didn’t work as your lesson. 
  • Rework what didn’t work. First, celebrate you tried! We learn from our failures or disappointments. Sometimes failures are a way to force you to reroute your thinking process and develop a new strategy. This is not easy, but necessary to achieve success.
  • Refresh your ideas. Brainstorm with family, friends, colleagues, and/or clients. Be open to ideas that have not occurred to you. Reread your real estate magazines! Find new nuggets of gold in the ideas of others. It’s like watching a movie for the second time. You cannot capture everything in one sitting because the mind wanders. When you watched a movie for the second time, did you discover scenes that you missed? Now the movie is making more sense. The same with reading. Reread to capture a new thought or overlooked idea!

Whatever method you use, share your goals with others. Then share your accomplishments as you achieve your goals. Don’t forget to reward yourself! You will surely inspire others as you enjoy this sense of accomplishment for yourself. Perhaps you are more private and see this strategy as self-serving. Then make your whiteboard (or use post-it notes on a wall) your accountability board. They need to be visible! Look at them first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Most importantly, find the method that works best with YOUR PERSONALITY and time table.

Personalize! Create your three “R’s” as your building blocks to achieving your goals.