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Coaching Corner: Make your plan!

By “Coach” Marilou Butcher Roth

How many of you made new year’s resolutions last year? How did it go for you? Were you able to meet the intentions you set? And, how many of you made resolutions for this new year? Are they the same as last year?

Here’s the thing…many people take time each year to determine how they want to make changes in their lives, with the hope of getting themselves to a better place. Often, these resolutions, so carefully made, fall short early on, only to bring about self judgement and frustration. What happens? Why aren’t we always able to accomplish what we set out to do?

A lot of it comes from not having clarity around why we want what we want. If your intention for the year is based upon something you feel you “should” do, there is a high probability that it will not come to fruition.

Let’s start fresh. Look at the different areas of your life — for example, health, wealth, career, family, friends and please do not forget to include YOU as one of the categories. Please add any others that come to you.

Once you have the areas, identify what you want in that area. Then ask yourself why you want that specific thing. What is important about it? How would your life be different if you had it? How do you feel when you think about having it?

If you still feel good (and hopefully excited) about the accomplishment of this item, begin to make your plan. What action steps will you take to reach your desired destination? Be as specific as you can and make sure you have your “whens” plugged in as well.

You may want to buddy up with someone to keep you accountable, or perhaps you find that just having your plan and referring back to why this is important to you, will keep you motivated and moving where YOU want to go!



Marilou Butcher Roth is the owner of The MBR Group, a coaching and training company working primarily with REALTORS who have a desire to work and live from a more inspired place. She is also the Broker/Owner of Group REALTORS in Cincinnati.

Marilou is a member of the Ohio REALTORS Board of Directors and past chairman of the organization’s Communications Committee. Feel free to contact Marilou to see if coaching is right for you: Marilou@mbr-group.com


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