How to Make New Years Resolutions Stick–LarsonEd

How to Make New Years Resolutions Stick–LarsonEd

Christmas is over. If you’re lucky, you’ve already shipped out the in-laws and the holiday damage to your midsection was minimal. Now it’s time for the healing process to begin. That’s right–it’s new years resolution time.

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According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, about half of people who make new years resolutions will give up by July. Too often, people see the new year as a chance to overhaul their lives. However, you shouldn’t see it as a time for sweeping character changes.

Rather than a single major goal, it’s good to set small attainable goals throughout the year.

According to the American Psychological Association, your resolution success is not about the extent of your changes, but more about recognizing the need to change.

1. Make your resolutions realistic

Again, start with small changes. Growth isn’t about instantaneous overhaul, it’s about being just a little bit better than yesterday.

2. Share your goals (or not)

Research is conflicted on this one: some studies suggest that those who keep their goals to themselves are more likely to achieve them.

The thought process here is that by stating your goals (for example, telling your friends that you plan on writing a book) gives you a false sense of accomplishment that may keep you from making progress.

There’s another school of thought that says keeping yourself publically accountable for a change will make you more likely to achieve that goal.

In other words, telling people around you that you plan on running a marathon or selling 12 more houses a year means they will ask you about it and keep you accountable for those resolutions.

The choice is yours whether to share your resolutions or not, but just keep this in mind: it’s always easier to get through a rough patch with friends and loved ones rather than by yourself.

NOTE: Beware of False Hope Syndrome. This is the tendency to underestimate the speed and difficulty of adapting a new lifestyle change. You may try to accomplish more than is possible, thus setting unrealistic expectations, which makes it easy to become discouraged and quit.

3. Clearly define your resolutions

Many people have resolultions that sound like this: lose weight, get healthy, get in shape, sell more houses, or acquire more clients.

But what do these things look like? What do they mean? They are so nonspecific that they’re meaningless.

Without a clear definition of your goals it’s difficult to track progress and, perhaps just as important, it becomes difficult to recognize when you have reached your resolution.

Rather than using vague generalities to define your new years resolutions, be specific. Say that you want to run 5 miles without rest, or do 10 pull ups, or sell 1 more home per month than the previous year.

4. Keep track of your progress

You will hit a plateau. Measuring your progress will help you keep perspective and help stave of discouragement.

There’s a popular saying in the psychology field: If you can track it, you can change it. 

5. Be patient

Progress is almost never linear.

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Some people might see rapid initial change and then stall later on. Others might stall at the start. Either way, we all hit rough patches. It’s important to track your changes to recognize your plateaus and keep perspective.

6. Don’t fall into an all or nothing fallacy

Any effort toward your goals is better than no effort. Don’t think that just becuase you already failed to sell an extra home in January that you should give up. The difference between some impovement and no imporvement is the difference between meeting your resolutions and falling short.

7. You won’t be perfect

You will experience temporary failrures, but don’t use them as excuses to snowball. Instead, recorgnize the mistake or misstep and recommit yourself to your resolutions.

Keep these 7 tips in mind as you head into the new year.

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13040 Livingston Rd. #12

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

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Why Real Estate Agents Should Be Blogging–LarsonEd

Why Real Estate Agents Should Be Blogging

It can be easy to get discouraged with online activities like blogging or tweeting when you don’t see the direct effect on your bottom line.

You might ask yourself,”Why do I even bother?” You may be temped to stop, especially if you’re not seeing increased business since starting your blog.

But blogging can provide an opportunity to set yourself apart from more “old school agents” who don’t take the time to interact with potential clients on the internet. Before long, those real estate professionals who refuse to adapt to the internet will go from being old school agents to unemployed agents. (Learn more about Digitally Oblivious Agents here.)

Blogging can also help your search engine rankings when people look for local real estate agents.

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Be sure to keep your blog focused on your niche market. For example, let’s say you’re a newer agent trying to get into the business in the Fort Myers, Florida area.

Even the phrase “Fort Myers real estate agent” will be a highly saught after on search engines. In other words, there will already be a lot of real estate professionals who call themselves a Fort Myers real estate agent, meaning it will be difficult for you to differentiate yourself from them in Google’s search results.

You may want to get even more specific with your blog’s keywords, such as “Fort Myers waterfront real estate agent.”

Let’s look at one agent who is doing it right.

Shane “Waterfront” Wilson has implemented part of his searchphrase (“Waterfont,” as in waterfront property) into his website name (shanewaterfrontwilson.com) and, yes, even in his own name.

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By implementing this keyword into his website, he will ensure that his name will show up at the top of the list when people search for “Fort Myers waterfront real estate agent” on Google. If he wants to improve his ranking even more, he’ll continue to use that keyword in his regular blogging.

Trying to dominate a search phrase like “Florida real estate agent” will be too competitive for a new agent.

For example, there are more than 220,000 real estate agents in Florida (According to the Tampa Bay Times). If even half of those agents are fighting for the “Florida real estate agent” search phrase, that’s about 7 times more competitors than you’d have for a search phrase like “Fort Myers real estate agent.”

By comparison, there are more than 15,000 sales associates in Fort Myers, Florida.

That’s a lot fewer agents to compete with. And, again, not every one of them is going to be actively using SEO to target prospects.

It’s hard to put a specific price on improving your site’s page rank on Google, which is why a lot of people ignore it.

When you start a blog, you may be fighting against a lot of fear and anxiety: Is this professional enough? Is my information correct? Is that comma in the right place?

But here’s the thing: nobody may be reading your blog at first. You may not get so much as a comment or like, let alone an email or phone call with a lead. But what you are doing is improving your SEO (read more about it here).

An you know what? It doesnt matter, so long as you keep posting relevant and interesting content on a consistent basis. The readers will come, as well as the improved search rankings.

We leave you with this final piece of advice from Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury:

“You fail only if you stop writing.” –Ray Bradbury

About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 30 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online.

Brad Larson

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12

Naples, FL 34105

info@LarsonEd.com

239-344-7510

www.LarsonEd.com

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 30 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online.

Brad Larson

Larson Educational Services

 

13040 Livingston Road #12

Naples, Florida 34105

info@LarsonEd.com

239-344-7510

www.LarsonEd.com

Yes, Real Estate Agents Need a Mission Statement

Even real estate professionals need a mission statement.

Check out these mission statements from 30 successful startups for inspiration:

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 30 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Naples real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online.

Brad Larson

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12

Naples, FL 34105

info@LarsonEd.com

239-344-7510

www.LarsonEd.com

Need a New Family? Join Ours!

When you take classes from LarsonEd, you’re part of the family…whether you like it or not

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 30 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Naples real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online.

Brad Larson

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12

Naples, FL 34105

info@LarsonEd.com

239-344-7510

www.LarsonEd.com

LarsonEd is a Walk on the Beach–Naples Real Estate School

Boring classes? HA! Not here.

Go to one of those other Naples real estate schools if you want instructors who read straight out of dusty old textbooks.

LarsonEd has the most dynamic instructors and course materials in the state of Florida!

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 30 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Naples real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online.

Brad Larson

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12

Naples, FL 34105

info@LarsonEd.com

239-344-7510

www.LarsonEd.com

Your Florida Real Estate Exam Savior

In the middle of your Florida real estate exam, a man of great power and strength steps out of the darkness to provide his guidance: IT’S RICK LARSON!

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 30 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Naples real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online.

Brad Larson

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12

Naples, FL 34105

info@LarsonEd.com

239-344-7510

www.LarsonEd.com