I started seeing New Year’s Resolutions jokes about three weeks before January 1. A picture in Facebook showed a huge crowd of people. It was large like a gathering to see the Pope or Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Someone had written across the picture, “This is what the gym will look like on January 1”.
Diet and exercise are the most popular resolutions but only 8 percent actually achieve their goal. Yes, the University of Scranton actually did a survey.
Maybe you are wondering, “Why not do something? How can we be better off without trying anything”? Here’s a thought. Making New Year’s Resolutions is merely making a list of things you want to do or change during the next year.
I am sure there are those who make the resolutions and as a result create significant improvements in their lives as changes are made and they follow up throughout the year. For example the 8 percent in the survey who actually lost weight. But more often I think that the making of the list of Resolutions is the activity. The focus is making the list. The activity is done and checked off. The follow up is easily forgotten as we are involved in life.
So what is my solution? I think we should analyze everything we do and don’t do by what we want in life and where we want to be. But isn’t that just another way of saying you are resolving to make changes? Maybe. However I don’t want you to make those resolutions once a year or once a month or once a week or once a day. I want you to analyze every choice you make.
I was reminded about my blog site recently when I received an email with the yearly bill from Word Press. What to do? A few years ago I purchased a domain name and the Word Press blog site. But I haven’t used them. Do I make a New Year’s Resolution to blog more in 2020? Or do I analyze how a blog will fit into what I want in life and where I want to be? Let’s look at both ways.
- New Year’s Resolution:
- I resolve to post on my blog in 2020.
- Analyzing: This part is more complicated. Why did I purchase the blogging site in the first place? Why not just skip the whole thing and save a hundred dollars a year? I came up with three reasons why blogging will get me more of what I want and closer to where I want to be.
- I enjoy reading other’s blogs and the comments from the readers. Starting some discussions and getting feedback in return intrigues me. (So please feel free to respond with comments. It will make my day).
- I like sharing ideas, statistics and the process of real estate. A blog is a place where I can share that information. (If you have questions about the real estate world feel free to make comments or ask questions. I’ll be glad to talk with you and share…….no obligation).
- Real estate is my business. A business needs customers. If I do a regular blog it reminds the readers that I am in the real estate business. I believe that will bring me more customers and business. (If a real estate transaction is in your future let me know. We’ll have a chat about what you need……….no obligation).
The analysis leads me to realize that blogging is a good activity to get me what I want in life and closer to where I want to be. So here I am sitting at the computer instead of watching one of the college bowl games. In full disclosure if it was a Seahawks game the analysis would turn out differently. (Although a few weeks ago a buyer called me wanting to see a house during a Seahawks’ game. Yes, I showed the house. I even impressed myself with my commitment to clients and business).
Here’s another thought on how my idea works. Instead of resolving to lose weight take some time to think about how maintaining the right weight will fit into what you want and where you want to be. If you want to maintain the best possible health and in later years be able to stay active and enjoy your retirement then a healthy diet and exercise will benefit you.
I don’t have a great new system to guarantee a wonderful and successful life for you. I do know as you start analyzing the hundreds, actually thousands, of activities you do through out the year your focus will be clear and you will be on your way to being the best you can be.
Consistently analyzing your choices will get you more of what you want in life and closer to where you want to be.
Analyze what you are doing
Make it happen
Have an awesome and super successful 2020!
Robert Elvin is a broker at Sound Advantage Realty.
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