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How To Have Your BEST Year Ever

My hope is to encourage anyone and everyone that reads this to DREAM BIG and then LIVE YOUR DREAMS!

What will you do with your future? You really only have two choices...

You can choose to just survive, or you can choose to succeed. Know this though, if you do choose to succeed, and you decide to prosper, and commit to focused and clearly defined goals, then anything is and will be possible because YOU were born to succeed!  Your very BEST can still be in front of you.

YOUR future is in YOUR hands. Inside you is untapped potential. You have unlimited value and your dreams can definitely come true but ONLY if you believe they can. You are unique and very special which NOBODY can ever take away.  You can achieve whatever you put your mind to so choose to enlarge your vision.

Retrain your brain, increase your confidence, attract the GOOD around you, and seize the profitable opportunities in and around your path. Step forward daily and positively engage relationships. Unleash your maximum wealth and don't forget to "DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT!

Prepare for your success and believe in yourself.

Plan before you do anything. Ask questions and question everything. Avoid the negative and move outside of your comfort zone. Let go of the past and remember, NEVER GIVE UP!!

Share this with anyone you know that might need a bit of encouragement and inspiration in these challenging times. It might make a difference in their day . . . and maybe, just maybe . . . their entire year! 

I wish the VERY BEST to you all in 2012~



"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 38 commentsBrad Andersohn • December 29 2011 12:25AM


Life is always a series of choices.  We can choose to succeed but it does require work.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 8 years ago

Yes, I agree, 2012 is the year to dream it and live it.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 8 years ago

It also helps to make a "Vision Board" for yourself.  I took a large piece of heavy paper and then cut out pictures of all of the things I've been dreaming about doing, goals I want to achieve, sort of my "bucket list", and things I want (new car, house, etc.) and pasted them onto the heavy paper.  I keep it handy where I can see it every day.  One of my friends even scans hers into her computer and uses it for her wallpaper.  That way you will be reminded of what it is you are trying to accomplish and you will begin to "see yourself" through to achieving your goals.

For me, this is more motivational than a traditional business plan...

Nice post!  Thanks for mentioning it!!!

Posted by Patti Ann Kasper, Blaine & North Metro Minneapolis St Paul Real Esta (EXIT REALTY NEXUS) over 8 years ago

I seen a couple of posts on this same subject lately.  I think the New Year and a new beginning makes us all think about making 2012 a better year and leaving our baggage behind as we move ahead in life.  Thanks for your post on this subject.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 8 years ago

Brad....THANKS for the positve push!  Just finished setting my goals for 2012 last night and it WILL be a GREAT year!!!  All the very BEST to you!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 8 years ago

Hey Brad, thanks for this post!  It's always good to hear a strong positive perspective reminding us of the choices we make and the consequences.  Best of success to you sir!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) over 8 years ago

Brad, I agree, it is all about choosing, and sticking with it. @ Patti, when I was at Keller Williams we made vision boards. Maybe it's time to make a new one. Thank you for the inspiration. Happy New Year and much success to you in 2012 ! P.S. Like your picture in front of the Golden Gate.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 8 years ago

Brad, a good push & i was thinking personally what i wanted for this year..i know professionally for sure but it tends to stifle the other...Have a great 2013...super pic!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 8 years ago


Thanks for the words of encouragement, love the photo of the Golden Gate, I could not agree more that each & everyone of us is responsible for our daily choices, having a positive attitude is one of the most, important ingredient that one can have when dreaming, believing, and achieving. May success, good health, and prosperity beat a path to your door.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) over 8 years ago

Believe, plan, and implement .. and you will achieve.  Very nice inspiration message as we conclude 2011 and move into 2012!

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

Intention is the point of beginning for everything to fall into place.  Most people don't write down their goals so they never achieve their dreams.  We choose success and we choose failure.  Thanks Brad.  Happy Propserous New Year to you.  This topic is so important I am suggesting it be featured.

Posted by Eileen Burns, FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist (Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach) over 8 years ago

Brad. Many of us will begin the year with a Blast, but not all will be able to finish strong, since some Give Up on their Dreams to early. Thanks for the inspiration this morning. I want to focus on that bull dog mentality. Never, Never, Give Up!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 8 years ago

Brad, your inspirational message is well founded in the science of self-improvement.  Having clear, discernable goals that are written down is crucial to keep you on track when there is no track to be found.  Best to you and yours in the new year.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the inspiration and all the best to you and your family in 2012.

Posted by Josef Katz, {Marketing Maestro} (Digital and Direct Response Marketing) over 8 years ago

Ya gotta have a dream. 

Every successful person I know has a big "WHY."

I would never do the things I do if I were still single and childless. That is my inspiration. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 8 years ago

Lovely photo of the two of you.  I love your attitude, always have enjoyed reading your positive posts.  This post is the best.  It's a winner and I plan on sharing it with many.  Thank you and Happy New Years!

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 8 years ago

Let me ramble on just one last time for the year....

I really wanted this last post of 2011 to express a positive and meaningful outlook on the year(s) to come. There are so many suffering, losing jobs, homes, spouses, and even their lives.  I am border-line obsessed/addicted to helping others, it is the one thing in life that brings me the most joy next to being with my beautiful family.

I have always loved and been very passionate about real estate and technology, but also believe that if you removed every bit of technology from the planet, life would still go on because it's all about people and relationships.  That's what really matters the most. 

2011 has many great memories which I will nurture and some not so great memories which I will learn from.  2012 is going to be whatever you and I want it to be.  It is ours for the taking.  The events and memories are ours to create and unfold. To have the VERY BEST YEAR EVER means we will all need to focus on a bigger picture, bigger than ourselves, bigger than our dreams, bigger than life....  and yes, WE CAN DO THIS! 

Wishing each and everyone of you a very special, memorable, and most AWESOME NEW YEAR, and may whatever higher power you believe in provide you the strength and knowledge needed to be the BEST and ALL YOU CAN BE in 2012 and beyond. 

In closing, always continue on the path of growth and enlightenment, make a difference in this world, DO SOMETHING AMAZING, Live, Laugh, Love, and most of all, ENJOY THE JOURNEY!  Until 2012, ActiveBrad signing off...  God Bless~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 8 years ago


I wasn't going to comment but after reading your follow up, I just want to say thanks. cheers in 2012, cvc

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) over 8 years ago

Some great words of encouragement for today and everyday ~ thanks to you, Brad, and have a great New Year!

Posted by Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections, Experience the IHI Difference (IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581) over 8 years ago

A very happy New Year to you, Brad, filled with good health, happiness and prosperity. That's a great picture of you two.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 8 years ago

Hey man. you know you are preaching to the Choir with me but it's always good to have reminders! And YOU TWO look fabulous in that picture! Best to you in the New Year!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Amen to that, great message! Here's to a fabulous 2012!!! 

Posted by Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate, Broker, Results Real Estate (Results Real Estate 801.580.5624) over 8 years ago

Christmas has Passed …..Wow it went by FastThis Year.

Thank You for being Part of My Life in the RAIN !

I Would Like To Wish You  and Your Family The Very Best Ever Year in 2012 !!!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Brad - From our home to yours ..... wishing you and yours a Very Happy New Year filled with good health and happiness.

Happy New Year to You And Yours

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the inspiration, Brad, and for all you do all year long.  Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy new year and all the best in 2012!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Brad, I so love this post...  DREAM BIG and then LIVE YOUR DREAMS is so right on.  People are often afraid to stretch and reach, maybe the fear of failure .... but Dreaming Big and reaching out and grabbing those dreams are so crucial.

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 8 years ago

As I scroll down all these comments today, (the last day of 2011) and see all your smiling faces, it simply reminds me of why I keep coming back to ActiveRain to blog, to share, to learn, to grow, and to aspire to be more and better each and everyday.  It's because of people just like YOU that I have found personal reward and fulfillment on this site. 

It is all of YOU who make this site so engaging, so fun, and such a positive place to be. Thank you for giving of the most valuable commodity and gifts ever known to mankind... your love, support, and most of all, your precious time! :-)))

Happy New Year To All~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad, Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year to you.  Thank you for your inspirational words. I do love ActiveRain, you and all the my friends here.

Posted by Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker (Realty Executives Boston West) over 8 years ago

Great post Brad!!!  I agree that you first need to "dream big" before you experience success.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Sergio Rebollo Jr. (Real Estate TeamMates) over 8 years ago

Brad, Happy New Year! May this year be filled with joy and prosperity.   



Happy New Year - Photo by Gary Coles -



Have a Very Happy New Year!!


Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad

dream big, live big, act big and achieve big.

live larger than life.

you said it well.

jimmy phan

Posted by Jimmy Phan, Phan real estate group in hickory (KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY IN MOORESVILLES, NC) over 8 years ago

Good Evening Brad:

Just stopping by to wish you and your family a Happy 2012.  May you have a successful year in your business

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 8 years ago

Yes, Brad,

I do have big plans and big dreams for 2012! Happy New Year!


Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

You 'da Man, Brad!  Great to see you again in 2011.  Hope you find more good coffee in 2012!

ps - love the photo too!  Been to long since I've been to the Bay; gotta keep checking the Alaska Airlines specials!

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 8 years ago
Thanks my hair bender friend! Lol~ What really makes each year the best is having associates and friends like you all over the US who make this business exciting, "bear"able, and most of all... FUN!!! I'm very grateful for this place where I've cultivated and captured some of the best clients and friends on the web. I hope everyone has a stellar and magnificent year!!!!!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Very motivitional post and I agree with the philosphy.  I believe that we all get only so many "chances" in life and we have either prepared ourselves to take advantage for when they occur or they opportunity is lost.

Posted by Mark Delgado, Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h (houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove) over 8 years ago

It's March now and I am just stumbling across this. My first thought was - this was wrote for me...... Great to reblog... thank you......

Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (ReMax Riverhaven) about 8 years ago

Marilyn - it WAS wrote for you!!!   :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 8 years ago