Start thinking about your New Year resolutions now

As we near the end of 2012, it is important for real estate agents to begin reflecting on the year that has been – not only to identify areas of success and potential improvement, but to start planning for the year ahead. While many agents’ New Year’s resolutions will likely focus on personal development – such as losing weight or quitting negative habits – some may also aim to enhance their professional development. For agents looking to take their job resolutions beyond January, it will be essential to have a concrete and feasible plan in place. 

Here are four key tips to help you make your New Year’s job resolutions a reality.

1. In order to move forward, you must first look back: to ensure that you are making worthwhile resolutions, you should aim to review your performance from 2012 and pinpoint what worked and what didn’t. To this end, you may want to consider analysing your performance from a statistical perspective – for example, you could calculate your listing conversion rate and compare it to previous years. Alternatively, you may consider scheduling a meeting with your boss to get constructive feedback about your strengths and weaknesses.

2. Be clear, realistic and strategic: steer clear of trying to improve absolutely everything at once; if you try to do this you’ll likely find yourself overwhelmed and abandoning your resolutions. Instead, try to pick one or two focus areas for 2013, and then put these down on paper. From this point, you can begin forming action plans and directing your efforts towards clearly defined and achievable goals.

3. Give yourself a head start: rather than waiting until January, aim to begin taking steps towards your New Year’s resolutions now. This is not to say that you have to start making massive changes; but taking little steps before the Christmas break – like organising your files or de-cluttering your office – can go a long way to helping you focus on your resolutions in the New Year.  

4. Stay positive and determined: it can be very difficult to follow through with resolutions without a positive mindset. As such, it is important that you visualise your success regularly, set periods for self-appraisal, and reward yourself for achieving positive results. Most importantly, you should actively pursue your goals and employ a “never give up” attitude.


Posted by Reality Bytes - Real Estate Training Blog on 14/12/2012 at 12:00 AM | Categories:

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