In Your 2010 Business Plan, Are You "Shoulding" On Yourself?

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

This is the time of year when many of us write down our plans for the new year.  For me, the plan is usually a combination of a lot of things that cover both the personal and professional domains of my life.  And as I think about what worked and what didn't work in 2009, and use what I've learned to create the new plan,  I find myself surrounded by hundreds of "shoulds".

I should lose weight.  We all know that diets begun on January 1 of any year are doomed to failure, and I'm trying to create a plan that is "should-less".  I think I will call Margaret Rome, who I saw today and who looks just stunning, minus about 25 pounds. 

I should stop playing computer games.  Yeah, like making it a should is going to help me cut out this one.  Fat freakin' chance!  So maybe if I figure out a way to start each morning off with a conversation with my Sweetie where I swear to him that I will avoid Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook for an entire day, and if I break my solemn oath I will have to tell him about it - hmmm.  That could work!

And the should list could go on and on.  You know, keeping my office organized, de-cluttering my house, cleaning out the trunk of my car, getting a better system for keeping in touch with clients, figuring out the Tweet thing and revising my book. 

But it's really not about the shoulds

It's about remembering what works and mastering new skills.  And it's writing a plan for what works and then just doing it. 

Ah, and the just doing it thing!  That's the rub, for me at least.

Something tells me that most of the Active Rain bloggers know all about the importance of writing it down.  A written plan is so much more powerful that some airy fairy ideas floating around our little brains. 

So I'm spending the next three weeks setting goals - goals with specific, measurable results - and writing out each one how I am going to go about meeting them. 

And it's all going to be "should free".

 

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Carol Hamilton
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Pat, great way to get the new year off to the proper start.  You are so much more likely to accomplish your goals when they are staring you in the face on a piece of paper!

December 13, 2009 04:29 PM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi
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Yes, it is again time for the new year's business plan..................I do need to get it done........really I do..................

December 14, 2009 04:42 PM
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Dawn Tetro
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I had to laugh when I read your post!   It seems we have similar struggles as do many of us agents!   Btw, for me, I need to not play jigsaw online! LOL!  In any case, I am going to get my shoulds under control this year and make them "I wills".  Good luck to you and I hope you have the most fantasic year ever!

December 28, 2009 10:06 AM
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Rebecca Fisher

Are you hiding in my pocket? Bejeweled Blitz is my kryptonite, my guilty pleasure, my Ben and Jerry's. It only takes a minute, right?

I did my goals a few weeks ago-- spiritual, personal and professional. 3-4 of each and not so lofty that I'll want to put a bullet in my foot by Thanksgiving.

January 04, 2010 07:11 PM
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Lynn Johnson
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Pat - I read recently on realage.com (not that I spend much time on there playing games), that having those to-dos hanging over your head can cause continual stress that can take up to 7 years off your life.  I guess it's time to let go (or just get things done right away) so we don't feel pressured by the "shoulds".  I use my task list to keep me on track as best that I can.  Best of luck in your continued success.

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Pat Kennedy -- author of The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate -- gives you a look at life on the streets as a real estate broker in our nation's capital. And her blog is peppered with great advice combined with humor!