New Year Goal Setting – Why It’s Better Than a Resolution

Dated: December 10 2021

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Well, it’s that time of year again! The Holidays are upon us, and we look forward to indulging a little more, socializing a little more, and working a little less.

For realtors, we are not quite as busy with helping clients purchase or sell their home during the month of December. However, sales of homes do still occur, and December is an excellent month to avoid the rush and purchase a home or take advantage of your home looking all warm and cozy and appealing to buyers. There’s always an exception to the rule - last December an increase of 64% in the number of home sales from the previous December was attributed to the late start in the spring due to the pandemic, the low cost of borrowing, and the social distancing mandate which left lots of time to go home shopping.

What we real estate professionals work hard at in December, as always, is our customer service. From sending Holiday wishes (and sometimes fruitcakes) to all past and present clients, as well as those who so generously refer their friends and family to us, to offering advice, counsel, and expertise in all activities home related. That’s what we’re here for!

As the new year approaches, many will be planning a move after the Holidays and the downtime over the end of year period is often an opportunity to take stock, review what might need to be repaired or refreshed in the home, edit belongings (to make room for the new!), and begin the goal-setting process.

Rather than a New Year’s Resolution, which may or may not be adhered to (am I really going to get up at 5:30 every morning to exercise?), taking the time to reflect on successes and near-successes over the past year and setting new goals may actually get you to the place you want to be.

People who consistently set goals are reported to be happier, accomplish more, and sleep better at night. Sign me up!!

Let’s take a look at some best practices to get better at this practice:

1.      Develop both long-term and short-term goals. Short-term goals can be milestones on your way to a larger goal or goals that are quick wins to move you forward.

2.      Consider setting goals for all areas of your life – Emotional/Spiritual, Relationships, Family, Financial, Work-related, Physical/Health, Recreation

3.      Make them S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-sensitive. Ensure that your goals are specific enough for you to be able to visualize the desired new state; you are able to see where you are today and where you want to be at the end of the goal period; the goal you set is outside of your comfort zone but still realistic; the goal can be tied back to some state you want you or your business to be in; and there is an end-date.

4.      Break your goals down into smaller chunks or action plan items that you can either accomplish quickly or turn into habits.

5.      Write your goals down and keep them handy. If we can’t see them every day, we won’t be working on them every day.

6.      Celebrate both the big and the wee little wins – they all count.

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and best of luck to us all!!


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Deborah Fletcher

I have ALWAYS loved “nesting”! Growing up I couldn’t wait to do my own nesting – starting with my first apartment. Now, as a homeowner, I still continually go through open houses, admiring ho....

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