Children and young adults around the country have begun the journey of another new school year. Thanks to social media, we are reminded of all the various school milestones with pictures of grade-schoolers to high-schoolers and beyond starting their first day in a new grade. The parents are proud – and both parents and kids are often filled with enthusiasm (and some anxiety) for how that first day will go and how the year will end. There is no doubt a mix of emotions for everyone involved with the start of a new school year, and that is okay.

I enjoy seeing the back-to-school photos because, regardless of the distance between family and friends, in an instant you can see how quickly their kids are growing up. It’s also a reminder that I am getting older, and getting older is happening quicker than I thought. A new school year provides a new start, and I have learned through experience that we all have an opportunity to begin again and create a new path for our future.

With all endeavors, it is much easier to end right if you start right. The school year begins with a list of necessary supplies, preparing students to start the year off in the right direction. In business and in life, the list of supplies needed to successfully get started is based on our individual goals. When setting a goal, many individuals will not dedicate enough time to research what is needed to reach that goal. You need a foundation to launch any new idea or project, and research lays the groundwork to create your own self-determined, successful life.

Through research you find out who you are competing against and the best route to reach your finish line. You will learn what actions are needed to reach each milestone and what relevant skills you need to invest in. It does not matter if you are finding a new job, launching a new business idea or becoming healthier. Research is the first step on the path to success. People often give up on their goals because they didn’t anticipate how hard it would be to achieve their desired results. They were unorganized, uncomfortable with the process or unprepared mentally for completing their “marathon” – and so they quit. Avoid these common mistakes – do your research to ensure you are well-equipped to start this new journey.

Success in life is a marathon, not a sprint. You will have to learn how to adapt and refresh. The big secret of those who reach impressive long-term goals know is – they know when to take a break. Completing a long-term goal, or dealing with adversity, is not only about having persistence, it is also knowing how to recharge. Successful, happy people know how to prepare themselves to reach their goals – AND know how to step away, decompress and reset both physically and emotionally so they can get back on the road to success.

If you are in real estate and need help mapping out your road to success, United® Real Estate has established training designed to help you achieve your business goals, no matter what career stage you are in. Offering training that is available in-person and online 24/7 allows you to build a foundation, gain relevant skills and achieve new milestones on your journey.

Cheers to your success in the year ahead and keep posting those back-to-school photos. They are a positive reminder of growth and all that is possible!

Peter