Since the New Year is almost here, and resolutions are just around the corner, I thought I’d share with you my process for reviewing the previous year, and planning to make the new year your best one yet.
Review of the previous year – I always start with a very simple list, with two parts: what went well, and what didn’t go well. The what went well portion is the easy part; we all know what went well, and if we dig in a little bit, we can find a lot more things that went well than we originally thought. Where a lot of the growth comes in is leaning into what didn’t go so well. And yes, it’s okay to review what didn’t go well, what could have gone better. In many ways there is more value in this than in reviewing the victories, because there is more to learn in this. And lastly, I make a short list of what I can do better to address what didn’t go well, and what the lessons are from that.
Make a theme for the next year – it’s important to have an overarching theme for the year. What is the main vision you have for what a good life and a good year looks like? Anywhere from 1-10 words is good; you want it to be simple.
Set goals for next year – what do you want the year to look like, what is important that you become or accomplish? I like to break these down into the various aspects of life, which can be done in a whole variety of ways. My loose guidelines are spiritual, relational/family, personal, business/work, and financial. In my experience, 2-5 are ideal for each category.
Decide on the Big 3 for the year – focus is of the utmost importance, and if you get too scattered or spread too thin, your effectiveness will be greatly diminished. Out of everything you put down for the year, what are the three major goals for the year? The ones that will have the greatest impact on your life and your loved ones lives if you were to accomplish them? Be honest with yourself, choose the 3 that mean the most to you, not what you think someone else would want you to have as the primaries.
Make a 90-day plan – a 90-day plan is huge, because it takes your vision and breaks it down into execution. At the end of the day, what you can actually execute on is all that matters. Without execution a vision will just remain a pipe dream. 90 days is a great amount of time, because it gives a sense of urgency, and not a lot of room for error. You can afford to miss a week or two, that’s it. And it also breaks everything down into very practical, actionable items. For more info, check out the 12 Week Year (insert link)
Make a spreadsheet to track habits – I know, I know, I probably lost you at spreadsheet. But don’t worry, this is just a system to track habits. At the end of the day, as humans we are just really sophisticated habit machines, and our success or failure will be largely determined by our habits. It’s not what you do every once in a while that counts, it’s the small, seemingly insignificant things that you do daily. For me, these are things such as writing down 3 things I’m grateful for, getting to the gym 4+ times per week, eating healthy the majority of the time, etc. Decide what’s good for you, and track it!
Throw the whole thing out and do it your own way – seriously, I’ve found that things work out best if I take feedback and systems from others, and alter it to make it my own. Go my own way, carve my own path. So if this doesn’t work for you, or if some of it does, and some of it doesn’t, just do your own thing. Take what works and throw away the rest. It’s the best way to be!
So that’s it! Easy as pie, right? 🙂 While I’m far from perfect, this is the blueprint I’ve used over the past 5 years or so to make sure I get the most from reflecting on the previous year, and making sure I hit the new year running.
My hope is you have a great rest of your holiday season, and a wonderful start to 2018. We look forward to serving you and your referrals in 2018, and making it a beautiful year.
Which brings me to our goal for the new year – we plan on helping 70 families with their real estate goals in 2018. Do you know anyone who wants to get a head start on planning their next move or investment? This is a GREAT time to get started planning, so if anyone comes to mind who could use our help, could you let them know about us, and get us connected? More than helping 70 families next year, we want those people to be just like you. So as people come to mind, just let us know!
Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for making last month’s 5th annual Pie Party a smashing success! It was great to spend some time with so many of you. Good friends, good food, good pie equals good times for all. If you missed this year’s party, you missed out – and you should definitely make it a priority next year!
It is always our goal to make life a little better for you, our clients. Every November, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving we give out a pie to our clients who can make it to our party take one thing off your seemingly endless holiday to-do list. We also know how hard it can be to get everyone together for a holiday photo. But with the help of Licorice Photography, we try to help out with that as well. Check out your beautiful faces in the link below and have a happy and safe holiday season!
From all of us to all of you!
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It’s that time of year again. Time for pie! Our 5th Annual Pie Party is quickly approaching. And we are going to go over the 5 W’s in regards to this fun and fabulous celebration!!
Who: Who is invited? You are! Come hang out for a while with your favorite Real Estate Agents and team. Or just pop by and get your free pie.
What: Okay, you know you’re invited. But what is the Pie Party and why won’t we stop talking about it? Well, it’s a chance to get a free pie. Need we really say more? But beyond that, it’s a great opportunity to get pictures taken by the fabulous Licorice Photography, grab a bite to eat and chill out for a few minutes before the chaos of the holiday season really sets in.
When: Tuesday, November 21st from 4-7pm
Where: 1700 NW Gilman Blvd, Suite 300 in Issaquah (right across the street from the Burger King)
Why: This is the most important question. And here’s our answer. We do this because we honestly like you. And we believe in trying to ease some of the stress of the season. And because, hey, it’s pie!
It’s October and fall is here! The perfect time to stay inside and curl up with a hot drink and a good book. With that in mind, we wanted you to know about something worth going outside for this month: corn mazes and pumpkin patches!
Starting south and heading north, here a just some of what the greater Seattle area has to offer.
Thomasson Family Farm
It’s a dairy farm – but in the fall they run a 5 acre corn maze and a u-pick pumpkin patch. It also hosts a Kids Corral with variety of activities for the little ones, including a chance to milk a cow!
This place hosts a unique corn maze each year, a u-pick pumpkin patch and a farm fun yard. The farm fun yard hosts activities for kids such as a hay maze, rubber duck derby, and the all time favorite corn pen. Where there are countless corn kernels to play in!
Hours and prices listed on their Facebook page.
This one is a little on the small side compared to many corn mazes. But for those of you looking for a short corn maze, pumpkins, and a few other kid-friendly activities this place is perfect.
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm
Here you get hayride/tractor pull over to Bob’s big corn maze & u-pick pumpkin patch. They also have a country store full of tasty treats and pre-picked pumpkins. They also host a number of kid-friendly spaces and a hay bale maze.
The Farm at Swan’s Trail
Their corn maze has 4.5 miles of path and is a giant map of Washington with more than 250 state roads and 400 towns and landmarks, each labeled with historical facts. Top off this experience with pumpkin and apple picking!
They partnered up with the Ronald McDonald house and your visit helps kids in need! They offer a corn maze, pumpkin patch and more, including reservable fire pits.
Located just north of Snohomish this place offers more than just corn & pumpkin picking. They have Zombie Paintball. And on weekends only they have pumpkin cannons! That has to be awesome.
This list only scratches the surface, there’s plenty more out there. And if those aren’t your thing there are still loads of great things happening this month in the Seattle region. Things worth getting out for, even getting wet and maybe even muddy for! And after that, then you can go home, curl up with a hot drink and read that book.
And don’t miss our handy house-hunting checklist below. If you know anyone who could benefit from this information, just let us know and we’d be happy to follow up with them!
10 years is a long time. A lot can happen, a lot can be accomplished. More than we think, or give ourselves credit for.
This being the 10th year of our annual Gratitude Gathering, we thought about how we could make it extra special. We gave our guests the usual treat bag filled with nostalgic snacks, as well as a branded mini bat, and we were even fortunate enough to have our game fall on the Karaoke Firework night! As our extra special thank you to our clients this year we gave out The 10 Book to inspire our clients to dream a little bit. Dream big dreams, think of new adventures, do that thing that they’re a little afraid to do. Because in 10 years, you never know what amazing things can happen. We certainly couldn’t have envisioned all of this. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for for your role in getting us to where we are today.
It’s been an exciting first half of the year here at The Dan Faulkner Group. One of the most notable changes is our new Executive Assistant, Tisha Giulini!
Tisha moved 21 times and lived in 11 states before settling in the Seattle area in 2012. After renting in the area for several years, Kelsey and Dan helped them purchase a home. Tisha was a stay at home mom for sixteen years, then decided to look for a job since her two children were in middle school and high school. Dan posted a Facebook message when he needed some temporary help and she started working part time in his office in January of 2017. By February, all parties agreed that she needed to be a permanent fixture on the team! It has been a great opportunity to get back in the workforce and still have the flexibility to take care of her family and volunteer duties.
She enjoys reading, riding bikes, hiking, gardening, cooking, entertaining, and doing crafts. Her family has gone camping for the last decade in CA, TX, and WA in tents and a pop-up camper. Since it usually rains and/or hails during their trips in WA, they’re glad to now travel with a camping trailer. This summer will be her and her husband, Chris’ 20th anniversary and they’re planning a trip down the OR coast in the camper while the kids are at a teen summer camp.
Volunteering in her community is also important to Tisha and she enjoys working with several church and school organizations. Much of her volunteering time is spent as the Liberty High PTSA treasurer, and she looks forward to next year in the role as well.
After living in many different states around the country, Tisha and her family look forward to learning more about the Pacific Northwest and exploring campgrounds in the area with their rescue dog Tommy, an adorable mutt.
Tisha has been a huge asset to our team, mainly assisting Andrea with administrative tasks. She helps keep us organized, pays attention to all the little details and adds a great touch of creativity and fun!
Hope that 2017 is treating you well! As I’m sure you’ve heard, home inventory remains low and competition remains fierce. And while we can’t always guarantee the outcome, we are doing our best to help our clients to succeed in this market, both for buyers and sellers. So whether you are looking to buy or sell, there are always opportunities, and we are here to help you find them!
On another note, thanks to your advocacy and referrals, we were again awarded the distinction as being in the Top 1% of John L. Scott realtors for 2016! This means out of over 2700 agents, we were in the top 27. As a way to say thank you, we put together a fun video. If you haven’t seen the SAG Awards Stranger Things acceptance speech, YouTube that for reference.
Hope you enjoy! With your support and referrals, we can’t wait to do it again next year. We greatly appreciate the relationship we have with you, and never take you or your referrals for granted!
We’re a couple months into 2017, how are you doing on your New Years resolutions? Research shows that only 9.2% of people feel they are successful in keeping their resolutions. Even if you’ve slipped a bit it’s not too late to get back in the game! Seeing that the second most common resolution is self-improvement we thought this would be a great time to share some of my favorite books I read in 2016. Check out my list below and let me know what books you think I need to pick up this year!
- The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday – Ryan Holiday has quickly become one of my favorite authors. This is a book of Stoic wisdom that, in the past few years, has become popular with the Seahawks and the Patriots.
- Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss – Tim Ferriss is one of the most successful podcasters ever, and this book is summaries of close to 200 podcasts he has done. Highly readable, concise, and packed with good gems.
- The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly – Kevin Kelly has, over and over again, been a very accurate predictor of future technological trends. In the Inevitable, he explores 12 items, including topics such as Artificial Intelligence, that are sure to effect our future.
- The Go-Giver by Bob Burg – read it a few times before, and always return to it. One of the all time greats.
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – and to finish off the list, this is a great piece of fiction that will have you guessing until the very end!