Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: My Personal Thoughts As I Enter A New Year

My Personal Thoughts As I Enter A New Year

Thoughts As I Enter A New Year

I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions. I set goals but, not just annually, I break things down to as small as daily goals and build up from there. The daily helps meet the weekly which helps me meet the monthly… you get the point. They typically revolve around production goals and learning new skills to grow my real estate business. When looking at 2019 a couple months ago I just didn’t feel any of that spoke to me, it wasn’t what my heart was telling me for the first time in over 10 years.

 

A scary feeling at first but, then something dawned on me. Producing a certain amount isn’t what makes me happy. Helping people is what makes me happy and it always has been. I just happened to have been really set on accomplishing a certain amount of sales every year, I wanted to prove it to myself that I could do it. 

Live Life

 

This year I’m not setting a certain number to hit. Some may think that’s crazy and I respect that thought process. I think it’s admirable to want to hit a certain amount of production. It’s just not where my heart is this year. I want to make time to focus on a second business I’ve started and devote time to helping others grow and I want to have a little more time to live life. The twenty-something me would have cringed that I’m writing this but, I hope that means I’ve grown.

 

It’s time for me to be a little bit pickier about who I work with and what I devote time to. I struggle with saying no and it results in putting myself into situations that aren’t a good use of my time and if I’m really being honest that I don’t enjoy. This is something I struggle with in my business and professional life.

 Be Kind


There’s really nothing you can’t attain as long as it’s your passion and you’re inspired to persevere until you attain it. This year I’ll be focused on living my life with purpose, saying yes to things I’m passionate about and not feeling guilty about saying no to things that I’m not. No resolutions, just a little different goal than I normally set.

Whatever your goals are for 2019, I hope they are what make you happy and fulfilled. Happy New Year!

 

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

 

 

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Amanda Davidson

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

Broker - Owner
Licensed in VA and DC

5680 King Centre Drive #600
Alexandria, VA 22315

Cell: 703.431.3755
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Comment balloon 40 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • December 29 2018 09:06PM

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Hello Amanda,  I am sure 2019 will be a great year for you personally and in business.  You have the right attitude.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 3 months ago

I am glad that you are at a point where you can start being pickier about who you work with.  I am sure 2019 will be a great year for you my friend!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 3 months ago

Amanda, GREAT POST, and you are right, we do need production, but it is not the end all.   Working with people that appreciate you and you feel like you have accomplished something is so much more rewarding.   Good for you and hope you can NO in the coming months when need be! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 3 months ago

We do fewer transactions than we did five years ago, but we make more money and have better relationships with our clients.  Being picky and working within a niche is the best way to feel balanced in this business (at least in our opinion). :)  Happy New Year Amanda, I like your attitude. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 3 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson - This is why I admire you.  Your posts always indicate the values you have expressed here.  I, like you, do not believe in "New Years" resolutions. If something needs to be resolved, it should be resolved when it comes to light. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 3 months ago

Hi Amanda... I've never set numeric goals... and I've done well for 25 years. For me it's all about the relationships and when those are good, business follows. I've always said that for me the numbers are just a score card, the payoff is the relationships I forge with my clients.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 3 months ago

Carol Williams hi Carol... my suggestion for Second Chance Saturday this week. 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 3 months ago

Hi Amanda,
Wayne Dyer was one of my favorite motivations guys.  His words made a lot of sense.  And, I love that the aging process allows us to gain new perspective on life and get away from the monetary goals and move toward what fills our heart.

I think 2019 is going to be a great year for you on all levels.  Happy New year!

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 3 months ago

Amanda,

We agree with you , and we wish you a superb 2019, and I have a feeling you will definitely have a great one...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 3 months ago

Hello Amanda - your post is filled with good:  thoughts,  ideas and yes, a plan.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 3 months ago

Sounds like an exciting time for you Amanda. We are probably in the minority, but we don't set goals either. I hope you have the time to let us know about your new business plans are, and this new step you are taking...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 3 months ago

Good afternoon Amanda. Sounds like your focus is very much on target. I believe in kindness too and it starts at home. Happy New Year.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 3 months ago

Thanks, Amanda, for sharing some of your thoughts.

I am sure your 2019 will be an outstanding year.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 3 months ago

Good afternoon Amanda - you are really a very thoughtful person.  I see that you are being true to yourself and I really applaud that.  I ask people to define their success.  The main thing to remember;  it is success as you define it.  I can't wait to hear more as your 2019 year unfolds.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 3 months ago

wishing you the best for 2019

Healthy & Happy New Year !

Hannah 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 3 months ago

Sounds like you've grown a lot. Those are some deep thoughts and much appreciative for sharing. We all need to look at our business on how many people can we help rather than how many transactions.

Posted by Mike Baltierra, Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Eastvale CA (Rise Realty ) 3 months ago

Wishing you and your family  Happy, Healthy ,Prosperous 2019. I hope you will have a wonderful year.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

I think this is a wonderful way to look at the coming year Amanda.  I hope you will work with some of the best possible people ever.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 3 months ago

Joan Cox it really is. There were quite a few situations this year that made me really step back and look at what was important. There has to be a why for me that has meaning. I'll be working on the NO part ;)

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I really appreciate you sharing your opinion with me. I value it and you've given me a boost of confidence that being pickier is OK and will work out just fine. Thank you. I'm grateful for your friendship. Happy New Year <3

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® thank you so much. I've admired you for some time. I can't even remember when I started following you but, I'm glad I did! You've given me wisdom that I've implemented into my life and I thank you for that. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Nina Hollander I like the way you think. I have to admit when I decided to forgo the numbers it made me a little nervous but, reading that you've never set numeric goals gives me comfort. I much prefer forming lasting relationships than going on numbers and I'm looking forward to being more fulfilled because of it. Thank you for your kind comment. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Thank you Carol Williams! It's been interesting to see how my perspective has changed from my twenties. I am sure there will be more change to come =) I'm looking forward to the new year and wish you nothing but, the best in 2019. I enjoyed getting to know you better from your posts last year. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you for your kind comment and support. Many of your posts spoke to me last year and really made me think deeper. I appreciate you. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Michael Jacobs thank you <3

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 you are proof that setting goals aren't a must. You are so successful, there isn't a year I've known you that you weren't constantly having closings. Thank you for sharing that with me! More to come on the new business and changes :) 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Sheila Anderson I agree, it does start at home. There can really never be too much kindness. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Roy Kelley thank you, I hope 2019 is a great year for you and Dolores. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Grant Schneider thank you so much. You're right, success is whatever definition we want it to be. I appreciate your comment and always enjoy your posts. You share so much wisdom with all of us. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Hannah Williams thank you! I wish you, and Cleo all the best in 2019. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Mike Baltierra you are exactly right. If we focus on helping people and being true to ourselves the rest will fall into place. Happy New Year!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Gita Bantwal thank you! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Gabe Sanders thank you for your support. It means a lot to me. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 months ago

Amanda, that sounds like an excellent plan for 2019. I'm convinced that if we love what we do, and I think helping people is a big key to that, the production and resources will come. Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) 3 months ago

Firstly good luck with the new business. I love this post and totally understand where you are coming from. My motivation has always been to help people. If I am doing that I am happy and acheiving my life mission. I just read, literally before opening AR, a post on LinkedIn about something Oprah Winfrey said that for many of those who acheive success it is because they have learnt to say No to many of the things which are holding them back. So every time you say No, feel good, and think how you just allowed yourself to move towards success.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson - You certainly have changed and I have too. I think your head and heart are aligned and that you're going to do greater things as the months and years go by. Best wishes on your second business - how exciting!!! Kindness begins with you and it is okay to be picky. I'm afraid if I picked up the phone to talk to you now, we'd never get off the phone. All I can say is, follow your passion. Live your life to the fullest and keep tapping into that creative wonderful you!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 2 months ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 thank you for sharing insight with me on the post you read on LinkedIn, that gives me a boost of confidence to say no. I know I'm really going to have to make an effort to learn to do it more. Your posts have always shown me you love helping people, you're a very genuine person and I admire that. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 2 months ago

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I think it's safe to say we could talk to hours and hours but, it would feel like minutes. I've always felt connected to you. If we're changing we're evolving so we must be doing something right! Thank you for your well wishes and vote of confidence. You've always been truly supportive of me and have given me wisdom to learn from. I'm very blessed to call you my friend.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 2 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson. Sorry I'm late, but I just saw this. Very inspiring post for sure. I hope the new "No's" help you attain  the happiness you're looking for and I'm sure your business will surpass previous years with your new perspective leading the way.
Bruce.

 

Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) about 2 months ago

Bruce Kunz thank you for your thoughtful comment. I already feel better and lighter. I'm looking forward to what 2019 holds. I hope your New Year is off to an excellent start. Wishing you all the best. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) about 2 months ago

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