My New Outside Blog: New Beginnings

New Beginnings


Elliot & Jamie on their Wedding Day

I'm reminded of the song - We've Only Just Begun ... white lace and promises, a kiss for luck and we are on our way...

Each year with our business we have the opportunity to freshen and have new beginnings.  Who is not to say that periodically if the business climate changes or your business just is not going in the right direction that you can't just pause, implement change and start fresh again?

The great thing about our career, you always have the chance to improve, make changes, hit the re-start button and make our next decisions be better & improved.  The benefit is you do know from experience what has worked, not turned out the way you had hoped and you can spring board from those experiences to much greater heights.

So if you haven't hit your stride as 2011 is beginning to unfold just step back and make the course correction to new and better beginnings.  You don't have to wait for a new year to roll around to commit to doing things differently or get your game on & energized. Just hit your next move with passion! 

Comment balloon 54 commentsConnie Goodrich • February 14 2011 05:39PM


That's my parent's wedding song.....they were married in September of 1971....awwwww :)

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 8 years ago

You are so right!  Just today I was chastising myself for not working out much last week until I realized, hey, it's a new week, just start over.

I love that every day is essentially a "do over".  We can always learn from yesterday and improve!

Posted by Valerie Keener, Real estate is my caffeine! (Nathan Grace Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Connie,  That's so true!  Every year we have the opportunity to reflect on the past and then do our best to reach higher goals.

Posted by Gina Mounce, Showing You the Triad! (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Connie, what a great and very inspiring post.  I love what you said..."get your game on and energized."  Our attitude and energy are so important.  Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Connie -- So true, and thanks for the inspiration.  It's never too late to re-energize, refocus. Tenacity and consistency are very powerful attributes.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 8 years ago

Connie- Great post.  Have you ever rounded something up or down to ten to make it easier to figure out?  Well, let's call March 1, 2011 New Years Day, make it a ten month calendar, and then the Irish in me won't have to wait so long for St. Patricks Day.

Posted by Joe Kenny, Better Than Your Average Joe (Realty Executive Midwest) over 8 years ago

Kerrie -so nice to an AR staff person stop off .. I actually have sung that song for many weddings in the late 70s and 80s so it does bring back good memories .. isn't the words just ideal for a wedding? 

Valerie - I allow myself a lot of do over time - why not?  What I find amazing are some agents just keep doing the same and don't even give it a thought until January .. love that we have such opportunity in our business!

Gina - love to set goals and reach them then set new higher ones once I've achieved one step. 

Judith - as always love to see your comments .. we do need to stay elevated for improvement and not get in a rut.  To have good energy pours off in our business and our clients see and feel it!

Chris - Those attributes is what helps separate an average agent who just gets by from a top agent who each year keeps the bar level going higher. 

Thanks for your visit and time to leave comments!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Joe - love the math and reasoning .. works for me!  Thanks for your visit!

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Hey thanks for the post today.  I enjoyed the read.

Any day is a great day to put your best foot forward....a positive attitude is everything!


Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Connie, course corrections are the name of the game to keep yourself on track with your business plan. Great point and thanks for the encouragement.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

That is one of the things I love about our business. Thanks for the inspiring post.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 8 years ago

We are lucky to have a career that allows us to make the changes we need rather than having someone else make our decisions for us

Posted by Jeanne Kozak, REALTOR and Broker/Owner in WV and VA (RE/MAX In Action) over 8 years ago

Yes indeed, experience has been a great teacher/motivator of mine and your post is an inspiration, thanks, Connie.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 8 years ago

Connie  That is both lovely and inspirational - thank you

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 8 years ago

Connie; Thank you for the lovely post and the reminder.  This post was inspirational and motivational. 

Thanks again!

Posted by Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas (RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland) over 8 years ago

Connie, I am full steam ahead in 2011 and even though I have been crazy busy, I love it!! With the help of my life partner, companion, best friend and husband we are out to get 'em and going for broke!! Love it! All the best Connie!!

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 8 years ago

Connie, good post. I think every day you can evaluate with a get your game on attitude.  I love mid-course corrections!

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) over 8 years ago


The best thing about real estate is that we get a chance for a fresh start every day!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Great post.  We always need to learn and improve and the lovely thing is that we can continue to improve daily.  The key is, Once you know better, you do better.  As long as we follow that, we can continue to improve and grow!

Posted by Kieno Simeon Your South Riding Real Estate Consultant (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

What a wonderful post!  

Posted by Shawn Ashley (Cressy & Everett) over 8 years ago

I so remember that song. The Carpenters. My parents had the album. She had a great voice.

Posted by Larry Costa, Realtor, Carver MA Real Estate (Century 21 Classic Gold, Carver MA) over 8 years ago

Connie: That is inspirational. And we are lucky that there are always new things we can try. Keeps it interesting.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 8 years ago

It's amazing how many people who don't get off to a booming start will literally WAIT another 10 months and make new resolutions. 

Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) over 8 years ago

This is a great new year and I am looking forward to a great 2011!  I have been working hard planting seeds... and watering them.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 8 years ago

Connie, we are actually just now doing our business planning for this year! We got derailed around Christmas when we weren't able to take our planned holiday. We're catching it now and so this is very timely for us - I'll go with Joe's calendar year! lol

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 8 years ago

I'm happy it's never too late to hit the pause button and adjust my thinking.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

I love that song, congratulations on the feature post, happy Monday to you :)

Posted by Ryan Case, 877-828-0710 (SCA Real Estate) over 8 years ago


Essentially, I do make everyday a new beginning.  Block out the things that didn't work yesterday and take a new path. 

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 8 years ago

Love the blog post!  We have to continually be refreshed and grow with the business.  Everyday is a new day!

Posted by Jimmy Gilley, (269) 362-4841 - Search Niles MI Home For Sale (Gold Star Realty) over 8 years ago

That is one of the things I love about this business, we always have an opportunity to improve, change things up.

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) over 8 years ago

i loved that song by the Carpenters.  it's still beautiful.  I feel like I'm getting a stride now that I've joined Ar and thngs are definiately in the only just begun stage.

Posted by Janet McCarthy, Broker Associate (San Diego Homes Guide ) over 8 years ago

Hi Connie,

Lots of response!

I have been frustrated that my goals are taking so long.

Then I realized - its only Feb. So what if it takes another month!!



Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) over 8 years ago
First of the year.......first off the month........first of the week, etc. Where did we ever get the notion that starting at the first of anything is better than NOW? Thanks for being the FIRST to say we don't have to wait.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

GOOD MORNING CONNIE!  Nice feature! I am pretty sure that I can't say more than what Charita wrote.  Changing and re-starting can really improve a business ... and a marriage! -- G

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I'm with all of you. I love the start of a new year because of the feeling of a new beginning ... I also feel that way at the start of a new day - I love mornings!

Posted by Retired Notworking over 8 years ago

Jim Rohn calls that . .adjusting your sails for a different destination. .great post!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 8 years ago

Hey Connie, Great post. All it takes is one time, the right place, the chance encounter. And your life changes forever for the good.

Best in 2011,

Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 8 years ago

The fact that we generally are working with new clients all the time helps, too. While we all hope that we learn something from past mistakes, at least we get new beginnings with every new client and a new chance to improve things for them and for ourselves. Every day is a new day...

Posted by Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time (Real Estate One) over 8 years ago


The start of a new year is always a good time to question priorities and allocate your time efficiently.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Connie, now I will have that song in my mind all day LOL...great point though...many folks wait until the new year or a new quarter to reevaluate their goals/success/etc....we can do it any and every day!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 8 years ago

An inspiring post for Valentine's Day and everyday as well.

I guess that is why I liked golf, you get to start at 1 stroke over and over again, giggle.

I am starting over, again , new market.  I know what worked before, the market and location has changed of course, but the way I treat my clients has only gotten more a part of me.

Thanks for the post.

Posted by Virginia Dean, Real Estate Done Your Way (Keller Williams Tulare County) over 8 years ago

Connie, great words of wisdom! This reminds me of the saying, "This is the first day of the rest of your life." Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

Excellent suggestion not to wait for a new year to make corrections. Great post!

Posted by Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO, Sells Homes in Morris/Somerset/Hunterdon Cos., NJ (Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan) over 8 years ago

Adjustments and changes are needed throughout the year, months and weeks.  I'm a fan of planning in pencil--as things are sure to change.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 8 years ago

Nice post Connie.  It's never too late to look at new ideas and ways to improve.  In fact, my whole business model is base on that very concept.  Thanks for the post.

Posted by Mitch Gover ( over 8 years ago

Fresh new faces on a consistent basis help me to keep this mindset so I'm thankful for that part of my job. Ever changing business means the chance to have an ever changing attitude...just be sure to keep it positive!

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) over 8 years ago

Great post Connie and just what I needed to hear this morning.  Each day gives us an opportunity to start over again and avoid the mistakes we may have made in the past.

Posted by Keith Vermilyea (Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Today is always the best day to try something new and hopefully better! Thanks for the post!

Posted by Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT (Group 1 Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the pep talk.  I will think and readjust.  I think it will be a good idea.

Posted by Ellen Kippel, Licensed NY and NJ realtor 914-588-2365 (Weichert Realtors) over 8 years ago

Great have to challenge yourself to get better is moving real estate rapidy and many of the agents today will not be in business 3-5 years from now...

Posted by Cory Barbee, Broker (760) 563-4022 over 8 years ago

I'm singing that song today. The Carpenters are one of my favorite singers... Wished she lived longer to have sung more songs for us.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

Hi Connie:

So well said my friend!

Let's make 2011 a great year!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 8 years ago

Each day is a new chance to start fresh. People put alot of emphasis on the new year however it's just a matter of perspective on how you see it. It's kinda like starting a healthy way of eating, just start where you are, don't worry about yesterday... procrastination is ambition's worst enemy.

Nice post Connie!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) over 8 years ago
I concur there is no better time than the present to implement change!
Posted by Anonymous over 8 years ago