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Redesigning Your Comfort Zone

Redesigning Your Comfort Zone

There once was this criminal who had committed a crime and he was sent to the king for his punishment. The king told him he had a choice of two punishments. One, he could be hung by a rope. Or two take what’s behind the big, dark, scary, mysterious door.

The criminal quickly decided on the rope. As the noose was being slipped on him, he turned to the king and asked: “By the way, out of curiosity, what’s behind that door?”

The king laughed and said: “You know, it’s funny, I offer everyone the same choice, and nearly everyone picks the rope.”

“So,” said the criminal, “Tell me. What’s behind the door? I mean, I won’t tell anyone,” he said, pointing to the noose around his neck.

The king paused then answered:?“Freedom, but it seems most people are so afraid of the unknown that they immediately take the rope.”

Is fear getting in your way??

Is fear keeping you inside your comfort zone??

Does this self-talk track sound familiar??

  • What if I fail??
  • What if it does not work??

What is possible with a new self-talk track??

  • What if it DOES work??
  • What’s the worst thing that can happen?
  • What steps can I take??

You see, nothing BIG happens when you wait. Nothing BIG happens when you stay inside your comfort zone.?

Are you too comfortable being comfortable??

Is it time to re-design your comfort zone??

You can never become an expert in working for sale by owners; you’ll never get better at capturing expired listings; on-line leads; geography farming or open houses by staying comfortable. To become an expert in these things you must get comfortable being uncomfortable.?

Eight steps to consider in getting more comfortable being uncomfortable:?

  1. Take nothing for granted.?
  2. Switch up your routine.?
  3. Move toward your fears.?
  4. Give up control.?
  5. Try something new until you feel comfortable.?
  6. Ask the questions that other people won’t ask. ?
  7. Start conversations with strangers, with more people.?
  8. Agree to something you wouldn’t normally consider.

Fear is a natural and essential part of growth. Every time we consciously choose to step outside of our comfort zone, the next uncomfortable thing becomes a little bit easier.?

What will you choose today the uneasiness of uncomfortableness or the comfort of the status quo??


3 Steps To Becoming A Hyper-Local Expert

3 Steps To Becoming A Hyper-Local Expert

Instead of trying to be all things to all people, successful top producers today are focusing on a specific area. Top producers are specialists, not generalists.

How do you go about becoming known as a local expert? Here are three steps to consider.

First, make sure your database is ready to support you and your growth! Your database has never been more important – with AI (artificial intelligence) plugins happening all over – you must have a robust database. Your relationship with your database is your defense and offense for anything that happens in the future. A robust database allows you to leverage AI enabled newsletters with predictive AI, like Home Actions. Your database is truly one of the most valuable assets of your real estate practice.

Second,?find a market that fits your selling style. Then, find an area ready for your focus. If you sell condos, find a great community with them, and stake your claim. Once you know what you’re passionate about selling, you can start to target a market that matches your strengths. Maybe investors are your specialty, and you can create a video, blog, and private email notifications about the “Investment Property Of The Week.”

Third,?leverage video. A bad video is better than no video. Consistency and value are key. Interview the local business owner, the local school principal, the local charity leader. Highlight on video community events and more. Sprinkle in some real estate trends and facts, and you have a winning formula to be known as the local area expert.

With so many real estate agents out there, focusing on a specific niche helps you compete. Be known for something! Once you’ve chosen your expertise, you’ll attract a particular clientele. Get the most from your marketing activities by keeping a razor-sharp focus on your targeting.

I once worked with an agent who had one specialty – self-storage units – he built a great life and a business from being the go-to person and expert in self-storage

Have fun with your research. Find out what’s relevant to consumers in your locale. The more you know about your local market the more comfortable potential consumers are when engaging your services.

Behind Every Success Story Is A Back Story

Behind Every Success Story Is A Back Story

Behind every success story is a back story. Perseverance.

Thomas Edison – his teachers, said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs. He made 1,000 attempts before inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I did not fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was invented with 1,000 steps!

Henry Ford went broke five times before he succeeded.

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4, did not read until he was 7. One of his teachers said he was slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.

Coaches Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, and Jimmy Johnson accounted for 11 of 19 Super Bowl victories from 1974 to 1993. They also share the worst record of first season coaches in NFL history. Their collective record as first-year coaches is one win and 45 losses.

Speaking of football – remember Vince Lombardi? An expert at the time said, “He possesses minimal knowledge and lacks motivation.” Lombardi would later write, “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.

Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, yet he made 714 home runs. He said, “every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Michael Jordan was “cut” from his high school basketball team.

Cyclist Lance Armstrong was cut from his high school football and swim teams. He turned to cycling and finished last in his first race as a professional.

Van Gogh – sold only one painting during his life to his sisters’ friend for $50.00.

Abraham Lincoln went to war as a Captain and returned as a Private. He failed at business. As a lawyer, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. In politics, he was defeated in running for congress, in his application to be commissioner of the general land office, for the senate on two occasions and, for the Vice Presidency. He wrote a letter to a friend, “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would be not one cheerful face on earth.” Two years later, he was elected as President of the United States, where he successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union, ending slavery, and rededicating the nation to nationalism, equal rights, liberty, and democracy.


Ask Why – Five Times

Ask Why – Five Times

Have you ever had a tough decision to make in your real estate practice?

As the CEO of your realty enterprise, have you ever delayed a decision and looked back and said, what took me so long to take action? Think about it:

  • To delay is to make the right decision harder.
  • Indecision is a decision… not to decide is a choice.
  • Decisions are made whether we make them or not.
  • Time is our enemy and time ALWAYS wins.

The desire to make the best decision can paralyze us. In truth, there really is no way to know which the best decision is. Every decision will have consequences, so what we end up doing is comparing the consequences. This is all well and good, but it makes for an unclear decision. It doesn’t actually get anything done.

Think about it, from experience we know it is much more useful to consider whether a particular decision will be effective or not. By studying critical situations, we can quickly learn the keys to success in decision-making skills.

I’ve studied military personnel and Gary Klein has studied firefighters and medical personnel, all professionals who make decisions in life or death situations. So many times, these first responders just don’t have time to weigh every pro and con. They are asking themselves about the effectiveness of a particular option.

Based on instinct, if they think it will work, they go for it.

If at any point along the line they realize it is not working, they choose a different route that they think will work. Then they do that. They will cycle one option at a time until they find one that works. They improve their decision-making skills with experience in their area of expertise, so their first option is not random. It is the one most likely to work.

So, we can conclude it’s much more useful to?be effective and get the job done?than to spend endless hours trying to determine the best decision.

Leonard Bernstein famously said:

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.”

What I’ve found working with myself and others, decisions are delayed by fear of making a poor choice. Fast Company, wrote a great article on the 4 Common Traps That Lead To Bad Decisions. In summary, making good decisions is as much about recognizing and avoiding traps as it is about evaluating available options. What are those traps?

  • Anchoring – Research suggests that our minds give disproportionate weight to these first impressions, and we end up with a bias centered on that perception
  • Overconfidence – We have an innate tendency to be overconfident in our judgments, especially when we think we’ve made all the right choices so far.
  • Confirmation bias – We become attached to our opinions, instincts, and points of view and try as hard as we can to find evidence that supports them.
  • Sunk Cost Trap – It’s easier to keep throwing good money after bad in the hopes that your bad decision may turn out okay. It rarely works that way.

How to move forward? Follow your instincts and ask why 5 times!

Ask Why 5 Times

Sakichi Toyoda, the Japanese industrialist, inventor, and founder of Toyota Industries, developed the 5 Whys technique.

The method is remarkably simple: start with a problem and why it occurs, you drill down to its root cause by asking “Why?” five times. You make sure that your answer is grounded in fact and then ask the question again. Continue the process until you reach the root cause of the problem, and you can identify a counter-measure that will prevent it from recurring.

Follow Your Instincts

Research shows that people who make decisions quickly, even when lacking information, tend to be more satisfied with their decisions than people who research and carefully weigh their options.

Some of this difference is simply in the lower level of stress the decision created, but much of it comes from the very way our brains work. The conscious mind can only hold between 5 and 9 distinct thoughts.

That means that any complex problem with more than 7 factors is going to overflow the conscious mind’s ability to function effectively – leading to poor choices.

Our unconscious, however, is much better at juggling and working through complex problems. People who “go with their gut” are actually trusting the work their unconscious mind has already done, rather than second-guessing it and relying on their conscious mind’s much more limited ability to deal with complex situations.

So, what decisions do you need to make about your real estate business today?

What’s holding you back?

Here is what I know:

  • To delay is to make the right decision harder.
  • Indecision is a decision… not to decide is a choice.
  • Decisions are made whether we make them or not.
  • Time is our enemy and time ALWAYS wins.

What’s your choice?


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