Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


When Your Goals Get Bigger Than You Are

 So, I left the Turning Point with a blue thingie at the bottom of my name tag.  Yes, I decided to go for the coaching program.  I joined Cub Net.

During the goal setting portion of the program, I realized that I have a lot on my plate right now.  

  • I love buyer's markets and want to make the most of this one
  • This would be a good time to reinvent myself as a listing agent, and I've never been good at dealing with sellers whose homes do not fly off the shelf
  • My weight needs more of a reduction than the price of my listing near Dupont Circle, and I am trying to figure out how to best handle upcoming knee replacement surgery
  • My house is recovering from bathroom replacement surgery, and it needs a bunch more work to make it fabulous
  • Once The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate came out, I didn't really make the time to do any marketing.  This book is something I'm proud of and want to figure out the next step, which is finding an agent and a major publisher.

By Friday afternoon, it was clear that, as fired up as I felt about the Turning Point and all that I'd learned, I need professional help.  

At one point, Brian Buffini was describing his coaching staff.  There was one guy who sort of stood out as maybe being the perfect coach for me - a retired Green Beret!  I'll bet that guy totally kicks butt!  I think he's my coach!   

Comment balloon 14 commentsPatricia Kennedy • November 03 2007 11:14AM


Patricia, sounds like we're going to see a whole new you!  Glad to hear that the Irish mensch could be such an inspiration for you...  I like you way you are -- don't change that.  But a new and improved Ms. Kennedy sounds like a great idea.  By the way, in case you missed it, I'm heading off to the Bethesda Theater tonight to see

"I Love You. You're Perfect. Now Change!" 

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) almost 13 years ago
Pat, Brian is wonderful, I love to hear him speak, and not too bad on the eyes either. Did you know his house was lost in the fires? Did he say anything? I want to go to a Touch Point so bad, they are never near me, but I have watched him tons on RSN and he spoke at International last year. I'm so glad you learned alot and got a coach. My coach, with By Referral Only helped my make the transition to listing vs selling. He really walked me through it and your comment about not knowing what to do when listings don't fly off the shelve, reminded me of myself a few years back. Best of success, I believe it will be a transforming experience.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 13 years ago


Welcome to our Clubnet Family! I look forward to meeting you at an event.  Be sure to post your information and photo on the Referral Directory:) on your website at Buffini and Company.

 It's Still a Good Life!


Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) almost 13 years ago
Patricia - You will love ClubNet.  I went to my first Turning Point in Atlanta in September.  I have a great coach and today worked on my monthly mailing (CAP Items) for Thanksgiving.  Life is Great!   Don't worry, I left Turning Point so fired up....then panic stricken about setting goals.  I too have "too much" on my goal board - but I love the farmer mentality and it's paying off.   WELCOME!!
Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) almost 13 years ago
Patricia...I just finished reading all of your messages regarding "Turning Point"....sounds like this was a fabulous opportunity...and congratulations on getting the make it work!
Posted by Mary Warren almost 13 years ago
Patricia -- Congrats, keep us informed as you go forward with coaching. Top of the day to you.
Posted by Aziz Abdur-Raoof, Howard Co. Real Estate Scoop (RE/MAX Rewards) almost 13 years ago

Brian, thanks, and I've got to see that movie!

Missy, Brian Block or Brian Buffini?  Both are major cuties, and there's something about guys who clearly adore their wives - you sort of think like Wow!  It can really happen.  And Buffini talked a lot about losing the house and gaining a whole lot more.  It was awesome!  He showed photos of the remains - and a sculpture that suvived.  A friend of his did it, and it depicted a biblical thing of Job.  I mean, that was powerful.

And, Frances, thank you for the welcome!  I'm going to sit down with my Mac Book and a glass of wine in a few minutes and check out the ClubNet site.


Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 13 years ago


Good luck. I had a coach for about a year and they do keep you focused. A Green Beret - he'll keep you motivated.

Mike Lewis

Posted by Mike and Dawn Lewis, The Lewis Team at Keller Williams in San Diego CA (The Lewis Team at Keller Williams) almost 13 years ago

Mary,  I feel really good about this.  I just went to TJ Max and bought a whole bunch of beautiful note cards.  I have to send out 3 before I can check out Active Rain in the mornings. 

Christine, this is like getting a new bunch of friends!  I'd say I'm fired up, but the Buffini folks are a little touchy about that right now!

And Aziz!  You must be one of them!  And the rest of the day to you!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 13 years ago


I am glad you are changing and doing coaching. I admire that. I too will do this one day! My mom just had both her knees replaced at the same time! She is doing GREAT! 2 more weeks of therapy..and she will be dancing again! Good Luck!

Posted by Sherri Elliott (INTEGRITY TEAM - eXp Realty, LLC) almost 13 years ago
That is one thing that I have learned from Brian and that is setting goals, which reminds I need to start thinking about next year.  I had a hard time thinking into the future but it does help you become more focused.
Posted by Michele Eckart (RE/MAX Advantage Realty) almost 13 years ago
Coaching does give you a whole new perspective but it can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning.  Just suck it up and do it and have a glass of wine at the end of the day. It'll make everthing better! 
Posted by Sandy Bacon (MacDoc Realty) almost 13 years ago

Patricia- ClubNet and the resources available to us is awesome!

I either have a really good coach or a coach that is taking it easy on me, I find nothing overwhelming about it.  I'm leaning toward a very good coach as I can measure progress.  My perspective is that the biggest commitment to coaching is to myself and my business, which ultimately is to my clients.



Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) almost 13 years ago

Isn't it Guinness at the end of the day?

Jackie, I think you just fit in perfectly with the program, as Brian says to a some people, you are very coachable;)  It took me about a year to get it all going and together.

It's Still a Good Life!

Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) almost 13 years ago