Do You Have a Motto for 2010? My Vision for 2010!

Do you have a motto for 2010? I admit I am not a "goal" setting woman. I write lists - lots of them - of "stuff" to do, but I don't make a written goal like so many of you do!

Since a "motto" and a "goal" seem different to me, I thought I would write a motto for myself - kinda like a "vision statement," and see if that works for me in 2010!
My list

After thinking about it, I picture in my mind where I want to be at the end of next year - a vision of me! I am envisioning this as I write this post. So, the next step would be: how do I get there?

1.  Write it down - where do I want to be (physically, career wise, financially)? Or, another could be, what do I want to "be," or "who" do I want to be? Make it simple....just two/three words, or a sentence at most.

2.  Move forward - take your first step, and always, always, keep that vision or motto in your mind. Put your vision statement on your refrigerator, or on your monitor - wherever you can see it, constantly reminding you of where you plan to be at the end of the year. I have sayings that I like, quotes that I like pasted everywhere because of their personal meaning to me.

3.  Do it! - every day, every week, every month, remember that vision. Keep picturing yourself where you want to be and just do what it takes!

I'll share just a couple of the personal "me" by the end of the year. I have a combined vision for my end of 2010! This is the "personal."

1.  I'd like to become more compassionate
2.  I'd like to learn to "listen" better
3.  I'd like to be more "patient" with others.

EnvisionIf I write compassionate and listen on a note on my refrigerator, it helps remind me to be more patient! It also means that just looking at the note and doing nothing helps me not at all.

So, you see, these are "action" words....takes action on my part to make them happen. AND it takes focus and taking those steps forward.

What about you? What/where/who do you see yourself at the end of 2010?

Google Teri Ellis


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Hi Teri, great thoughts for going into 2010. My yearly motto is pretty much my lifetime motto,"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Teri ~ Looks like you are off to a good start.  I like Gary's motto.. sort of sounds like Ghandi ... Not a bad place to start.. Another one I like from Dr. Dyer is Excuses be Gone! 

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

Rock on Teri!!! I live by my goals and boy do they work!! I have created numerous vision boards that hang in my office so I can see them everyday. The coolest part is going back and looking at everything you have accomplished. It gives you a sense of gratitude. 2009 was "if you can't, then you MUST!!" and it's so true, whenever I get a little scared about something then it means I need to dive head in.

I hope you have a prosperous 2010!

Posted by Vanessa Reilly, domoREALTY, Homes for Sale - Atlanta (domoREALTY) over 9 years ago

Hi Teri - Keller Williams has a class called Quantum Leap that includes vision statements and goal setting. Your post reminded me to pull that out of the closet and take a look for 2010. I could definitely start with "Write it down" and calling on a little Gandhi wouldn't hurt either!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 9 years ago

Teri, no motto...just keeping a positive attitude and writing down for me.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 9 years ago

Teri, I have had a great year but I'm ending the year with some transactions that have made real estate NO FUN.  I want to get the fun back in my real estate career. I love helping someone with what is probably their biggest investment and I expect some fun buyers will bring the fun back in to real estate.  I guess my next years motto will need to incorporate the word FUN.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Great idea. I need to learn how to listen better and keep my mouth less active. I bet I would learn so much more with that little change. Thanks and I hope 2010 will be a great year for you.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 9 years ago

Teri - those are admirable goals. I wish you success in obtaining them, at elast seeing significant improvement.

I am pretty compassionate, but could definitely be more patient at times.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Teri--I love the Moving Forward idea...It is a Disney quote and one of my favorites to Keep Moving Forward but writing down where you want to be seems to be a very important part of the equation. I like Marchel's idea to put the fun back into real estate. I did open house the last three weeks and it reminded me how much fun talking real estate is with the public.

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 9 years ago

I have alot of changes I will be making, but it's going to be alot of work.  Change is good right?  lol

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 9 years ago

Gary, that is a great one. I love a one liner. ;-)

Joan, that's a good one as well. ;-)

Vanessa, excellent! I love your enthusiasm. ;-)

John, writing it down is absolutely key! ;-)

Marchel, I really hope you have a FUN 2010 practicing real estate!

Terry and Bonnie, keeping quiet is a good thing to learn. ;-)

Jeff, thank you - I shall be successful because I am writing them down, and then acting on them. ;-)

Teri, moving forward, taking the first step, is very important. I didn't know it was a Disney quote - been awhile since my kids were that age. ;-)

Cindy, change is work isn't it? BUT it can be good as well. ;-)

Merry Christmas

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 9 years ago

Teri it is good to know what you want to achieve at the beginning of the year, nothing like setting the tone and I have full confidence you will achieve your goals.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 9 years ago

I like the idea of having a vision of who you want to be-and then be it. I think the only thing holding us back from being what we want to be is ourselves. So it takes a little self examination. OK, Self, why are you not who you want to be and then alot of deliberately being that person you want to be until it becomes second nature. Now I am off to to apply that to my organizational skills.

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (Keller Williams Realty East Valley) over 9 years ago

Teri this is something I have been pondering a few days. Something on my mind has been. If you really care about someone "talk to them, not about them", have a great 2010.

Posted by Joan Zappa, Professional treatment of our clients, brings awes (Eagles Wings Realty) over 9 years ago

Jennifer, I agree....looking down the road helps us envision where we will arrive. ;-)

Deanne, exactly. ;-)

Nick, I think being reflective this time of year is a "good" thing. ;-) Love your idea. ;-)

Merry Christmas

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 9 years ago

Teri - for me, it would be more helpful to frame the words and put them beside my telephone or on my desk. I look at the frig a lot less hours during the day.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 9 years ago

Sharon, great idea....I seem to see the frig a lot during the day. ;-)

Merry Christmas

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 9 years ago

My vision for 2010 is to help 20 families buy or sell a home.  I am planning to get my SOI and past clients to help acheive this goal, so I am calling it Project Help 20 in 2010.  Every time a new escrow closes, that family becomes one of the 20.  I have a plan started on how I am going to get my SOI to help me help 20.

Part of my plan is to write them a letter, telling them all about it.  Here are a few lines from the letter:

One of my biggest goals for 2010 is to help 20 families sell or buy a home.  I call this goal my "Project Help 20 in 2010".

My dream for 2010 is very clear:  I want to help 20 people make their dreams come true.

Who do you know who is thinking about moving next?

Let me describe the four types of people I am going to help.

  1. People who are at risk of losing their home to foreclosure.
  2. People who own their home and who want to move up to a better home.
  3. First time buyers who want to stop renting, and take advantage of the tax credit, historically low interest rates and low home prices.
  4. People who want to downsize to a smaller home.

I need to enroll you to help me to help them.  I only have 12 months to help these 20 families make their dreams come true.  That is why I need your help. 

Surely you know someone that I can help.

I am COMMITTED to helping these people.  I am full in.  Are you in with me?

Who is going to be the first family I help in 2010?  Is it someone you know?

I can't do it without your help. 


Posted by Bob Willis, Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) over 9 years ago

Teri, I am still working on "2009 is Mine!" 

In my opinion, your 3 goals have already been accomplished! You are a patient, compassionate listener!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Just noticed that you were  a Spotlight Member today! Congratulations!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Writing down goals is so important, if you want to accomplish them, that is!

Then you need to chart a course to get there.  If something isn't working, modify your behavior, not your goals.

If we don't head out in a direction, we'll never get anywhere!

Posted by Karen Rittenhouse, Real Estate Investor ( over 9 years ago

Hello Teri! Wow! I'm with you---I love setting goals, motto's, vision statements etc.!

One of the things that I've learned to do as I've progressed is to make them action statement and I use those statements to phrase currently what I want to happen--as if it's happening:

  • I am becoming more compassionate every day
  • My friends, family and clients see me as a genuine listener
  • I am becoming more patient every day
Say these outloud to yourself every day! Tape them up! They are ACTIVE and happening! :)
Blessings to you in 2010

Claire Widmark--GRI, Realtor
Licensed in OR & WA

Posted by Claire Widmark GRI & Earth Star Broker (M Realty LLC) over 9 years ago


Business become better and better at what I do....personal live each day to the fullest.

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 9 years ago

Teri, what a fabulous post. I can also "see" you in your post. Very wise advise and great positive attitude. Happy 2010. I am sure you will achieve your goals.

Posted by Elayna Fernandez, BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful! (The Positive Mom) over 9 years ago

I think my vision statement for 2010 has to be just one word: "Focus."

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 9 years ago

I have a life motto. I learned it when I was a teacher... gosh I guess it's been 18 years now sice I taught Art at Calvary Chapel, Philadelphia. One of my students brought me a little cartoon she cut from a magazine. It was a stick figure walking on a tight rope and under the tight rope was a net. The caption under the cartoon read...

"Leap and the net will appear."

Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) over 9 years ago

I enjoyed reading many of these comments.  I love real estate and I hope it shows to everyone I meet everywhere.  When I catch myself complaining, I try to stop immediately because I truly have nothing to complain about.  I try hard every day and I am lucky to work with some great people.  Merry Christmas all!

Posted by Colleen Kilfoil (, LLC) over 9 years ago

I like to have a Plan! Be positive, 2010 the year of the Short Sale. Be Prepared!

Posted by Dan Haggerty (RE/MAX RESULTS) over 9 years ago

First of all - WOW! Since only a few comments are making their way into my inbox, I had no idea - and I had no idea of the Spotlight until you, Margaret, mentioned it. I am very flattered with the nice words - Bob!!! or was it Brad? ;-)

Bob, excellent and well thought out plan! Good for you! ;-)

Margaret, thank you pretty woman. I just always think I could "do better." AND thank you for alerting me to the spotlight. I'd not seen that. ;-)

Karen, love that if we don't head in a direction we'll never get there. ;-)

Claire, great perspective and it has a positive "ring" to it. ;-)

Lori, love that - one for business and one for personal. Awesome! ;-)

Elayna, love your new photo, and thank you for being able to see me in my posts. I love that. ;-)

Marte, one word - that's great. ;-)

Christopher and Stephanie, great motto. I think you're right though. That does seem to happen in my life, that's for sure. ;-)

Colleen, weren't the comments great? Being positive is HUGE in life and in business. ;-)

Dan, in fact a very good plan....P for positive and prepared. Excellent! ;-)

Merry Christmas

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 9 years ago

Teri, that is what we are going to be doing over the Holidays - planning our goals for next year. I like Gary's quote. It matches "Do unto others as you would have done unto you."

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 9 years ago

Teri, this absolutely works! I have a picture of something I dearly want to achieve as my screen saver for my computer and on the wall in my office. I see it all the time and remember what I am doing and why. No matter what it is, it helps to "see" it!

Posted by Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate (RE/MAX Elite) over 9 years ago

Sharon, that is a great one. ;-)

Vanessa, I think that's an excellent idea. A picture of what will trigger your memory as a screensaver. Love it! ;-)

Merry Christmas

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 9 years ago

I owe my wife of 38 1/2  years a trip to Paris in eighteen months.  The Eiffle tower webcam is on my iGoogle page every day.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) over 9 years ago

Great to have a mantra.  Stick with it and you will get there.


Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) over 9 years ago

Teri, tis the season to set our goals, our visions, our watchwords. I like your idea of putting compassionate and listen on a note on the frig. The word I've chosen is consistent. And now I want that to apply to becoming more compassionate and being a better listener.

Posted by Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR (BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles) over 9 years ago

For 2010 I will tack up the words "GREEN" and "EXPANSION" onto my fridge.

Posted by Jean-Paul Peron, Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive (The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany) over 9 years ago

Setting goals is always a great idea. I like to strive to at least do as well as I always do regardless of the market forces.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Goals and a vision statement are necessary in order to know where you are going and you need a plan to get you there.

Posted by Scott Guay, Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty) over 9 years ago


I love your list.  I like to live every day a little better than I lived the day before.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Marzena Melby, Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty) over 9 years ago

Now is the time of year I set back and take an assessment of where I am and where I want to be.  Good article on planning.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 9 years ago


On a personal note.... I just saw a bottle of wine called.... you guessed it!  Lady In Red!!!  This could be a unique little gift to give to your clients/customers!  You might want to list it on one of your LISTS for future reference!  I,too, make lists, but I also have goals.

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 9 years ago

Goals are good, lists are good and the main thing is keep the action going.  "Do the Dance" as Brian Buffini recommended in his Turning Point Retreat.  Great post.

Posted by Catherine Kierzek, CDPE (ReMax Lakeside) over 9 years ago

Jim, what a great idea! And congratulations! ;-)

Mike, sticking with it is absolutely imperative. ;-)

Sherry, I like that....excellent! ;-)

Jean-Paul, ooooohhhh, that's very good. ;-)

Bill, I think it looks like you do and you will. ;-)

Scott, looking back to see how far you've come is a great reward. ;-)

Marzena, if only we all could do that, the world would, indeed, be a better place. ;-)

Gene, thank you, and good luck with your look back and forward. ;-)

Kathy, wow! Who knew? What a cool idea. That would make me memorable wouldn't it? ;-) Thanks for the tip.

Catherine, thank you so much. Keeping going is definitely key. ;-)

Merry Christmas

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 9 years ago

It's that time of the year when we must set our direction for the next. I like reading everyone's thoughts and ideas as I ponder mine. Thanks for the peak into the minds of many.

Posted by Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux, Where Buying & Selling Works (Keller Williams Suburban Realty) over 9 years ago

My motto is... "Life is too short to work all the time!!!" 

In 2010 I want to play more:  Ride my touring Piaggio with my husband on his Harley.  Ride our horses. to swim.  Gonna get a pool, even if it's above ground.  Enjoy and hike with my 5 purebred, rescued dogs. Go see my daughter, whom I adore, down in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Read more. Enjoy friends.  We have once a month what we call, GNO-GNI night.  (Girls Nite Out-Guys Nite In).  I'm also a writer.  Write more.

27 years in real estate and especially the last two years have been a struggle just to make it in this economy, hit especially hard in resort areas, such as ours here in the W. Car. Mtns.  I feel like if I can play more, then folks I meet while playing, is my net-working.   Enjoy!!!

debra v. edwards - Cashiers, NC

Posted by Debra V. Edwards, Realtor/Builder, Cashiers, NC., Highlands, NC., Glenville (edwards builders and realty, inc.) over 9 years ago

Bev and Bob, I enjoyed it to. Thank you for stopping by....

Debra, wow - what a list you have, and good for you. I find that taking time out for myself is huge! I love your ideas. ;-)

Merry Christmas

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 9 years ago

Teri, always good to read another Realtor's goal/vision/motto. Mine includes a 'Business' and a 'Personal' goal. I work at being the best I can be each and every day. I keep in mind what I want to accomplish in business every week while allowing myself to become the person I was meant to be. Work hard and play nice for there may not be a tomorrow. Make each day count and most of all, If it doesn't affect your breathing, it's not important. Have a Great and Happy New Year to all!



Posted by Jeff Stone, Seniors Real Estate Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Jeff, I like reading other's thoughts as well. I like dividing it into a "business" and "personal" version. ;-)

Merry Christmas

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 9 years ago

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