Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Message! I hope that each of you reading this had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration, and that you enjoyed the long weekend with family, friends and holiday traditions. The New Year is right around the corner and this is a great time to begin thinking about your 2018 goals.

All of us at one point in time have set a New Year’s resolution, or in other words a goal for the New Year…such as joining a gym, saving more money or finding a new job. If you plan to set some new goals for yourself in 2018, try using the S.M.A.R.T. system to help you get there…

Make your goals Specific: be crystal clear with what you want to accomplish.

Your goals need to be Meaning: a goal needs to be personal and important to you. Know why you want to do it before you decide to make it a goal.

What Actions do you need to take in order to accomplish your goals?

And lastly, your goals need to be Time-bound, or in other words when do you want to accomplish them by?  

I hope you find these tips helpful in creating goals to help you succeed in 2018! Let’s make it a great week!


Strength or Weakness?

Sometimes your biggest weakness can become your biggest strength. Take, for example, the story of one 10-year-old boy who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.

The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn't understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move.

"Sensei," the boy finally said, "Shouldn't I be learning more moves?"

"This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you'll ever need to know," the sensei replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.

Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals.

This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened.

"No," the sensei insisted, "Let him continue."

Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion.

On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind.

"Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?"

"You won for two reasons," the sensei answered. "First, you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grip your left arm."

The boy's biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.



“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” - Robert Frost

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” - Bruce Lee

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” - Reba McEntire

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” - Wayne Huizenga

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” - Helen Keller

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals