Monday, September 18, 2017

Motivational Monday #55: The extra mile

We have all heard the parable of going the extra mile & it's as true when written as it is today. One thing that always stuck out to me about the story is that it was a given to go the first mile. I use to always remind myself that in order to go the extra mile & MUST go the first mile (what's required) in order to go the extra mile (the extra effort/time). This was a big take away for me. 

Today many phone it in, cruising to the end of the day on cruise control instead of finishing strong; not us. We strive to finish strong not just for us, but for all of those that depend on us daily to win. Our families, spouses, children to our escrow, title, customer service & other business partners. I believe it's our drive to not just compete, but to create big opportunities for us to soar is what motivates us to not just go the firs mile, but to CRUSH the extra mile as well. 

It's my privlidge to go the extra mile with each of you. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Motivational Monday #54: Which one do you have regularly?

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We all have the 'time' to get done what we need to, it usually boils down to how we are spending our time. Its a good exercise to audit how we all spend our time and see if it lines up with we we say is most important to us personally and professionally. It's important not just how we spend our time, but the velocity we use our time as well. I have found time blocking works wonders on this to create efficiency (when held to) of course. 

Candidly I was struggling a few months ago with losing my mornings and not getting some of my in office work done. I had to look at it and now I'm in the office between 7-7:30am each day now, which has to start the night before going to bed early so I'm ready for it. Now when my phone starts ringing and emails start coming in around 8:30-9am I have already accomplished a lot and don't feel like I'm behind the eight ball. 

Make sure you are setting yourself to win the day, each day; and that most likely starts the night before.

Have a great one team! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Motivational Monday #53: Which quadrant are we in?

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We have many things that call out for our attention and it's up to us to prioritize them. It's not usually the loudest thing calling that is the most important. Sometimes we can get distracted with things that seem urgent and they get in the way of what's most important and necessary for us to achieve our goals. It's the side distractions that we don't think about that get us, not the big distractions most of the time; we recognize those. Check out the graphic above and think as you come across things to do today "Where does this activity fall?" and prioritize accordingly. We all can be in control of our days and schedules when we are purposeful about it. The more we control our schedules (especially before 10am) really helps our days soar. 

Create a great one today!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Motivational Monday #52: Doing it differently

I was reading a blog late last week and came across this info below that I wanted to share. These are some great reminders of things that are easily actionable today that don't need a grand strategic plan or anything like that in order to enact. All they really need is a willingness to do. Look at them below and think about one that you can focus on today and make it happen. This is something that we all can do and growth is a natural byproduct of.  

#1  They create and pursue focused goals.
#2  They take decisive and immediate action.
#3  They focus on Being productive, not being busy.
#4  They make logical, informed decisions.
#5. They avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect.
#6  They work outside of their comfort zone.
#7  They keep things simple.
#8  They focus on making small, continuous improvements.
#9  They measure and track their progress.
#10  They maintain a positive attitude as they learn from mistakes.
#11  They spend time with motivational people.
#12  They maintain balance in their life.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Motivational Monday #51: Be GREAT at what matters

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Sometimes when we are great and many things in life it's harder for us to begin something new because we rarely start at a high level. Our starts with something new are usually a little rocky at first and that may detour us from beginning because it may be a shot to our pride that we aren't immediately excelling at this new thing. My little bit of encouragement or reminder today is that YOU do have the capability to be GREAT at whatever you put your mind and consistent effort behind. 

Think back to something that you truly love and are really good at right it? Now think of how it was when you began. There is probably a vast difference. Now think about something that you started but didn't really pursue with intention. For me that's the guitar. I have one and I can play 6-8 chords well, but that is a very small sample of what it takes to master that craft. Because of this I don't play much in front of others. Baseball on the other hand I wold feel just fin picking up a bat and going for it, because I have put the work in. 

It's the same with us in the field prospecting new clients and continuing to bring value to our current ones. We are confident with what we have put the work into, but much less with the items we haven't that we know are solid and would enhance our business.  

Challenge for this week: Identify 1 product/tool/service that you know wold enhance your business and spend just 1 solid hour diving in to learn it and practicing how to share it with other. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Motivational Monday #50: Fully Dedicated

To be consistent means to fully dedicate yourself completely to a task, activity or goal. 
To be consistent requires a commitment on your part. It requires that you commit yourself to a sustained effort of action over the long-term. What this essentially means is that you keep your word to yourself and others that you will follow through with what you set out to do consistently over a period of time up until the moment your objectives are achieved. As such, consistency is all about your ability to be dependable, reliable and responsible for all your choices, decisions and actions.
Consistency is about building small empowering habits and rituals that you partake in every single day that keep you focused on your highest priorities and goals. It therefore essentially comes down to your ability to hold yourself accountable for the daily choices you make with no excuses and no complaints. You and you alone are accountable for what you do and what you fail to do. 
To be consistent means to focus on the present moment while maintaining a long-term view that helps you measure your results and the impact of your daily actions. With this regular feedback in your hands you are better able to learn from your failures and mistakes to help you effectively alter your course of action where required.
Consistency is therefore all about repetition. It’s about repeating the same actions  over and over again; gaining feedback from these actions, and adjusting them accordingly to help you stay on track as you work towards your goal. And that in essence is the difference between success and failure in any field of endeavor, and the key to high levels of achievement.
Let's rock it today team!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Motivational Monday #49: Gettin' Scrappy

I've been reading the book Scrappy by Terri Sjodin and a few items of thought have popped out to me that I wanted to share. As we have been in a more traditional resale market the one thing that really stands out is the lack of inventory. There are more real estate agents and less listings so the "who" we are getting in front of and staying in front of with our value propositions in more important than event. Many of the top people we want to be in front of aren't in the office regularly. They don't attend many industry event (but many times other ones outside of the industry). Or they are "set" with who they are working with. This is when "Scrappy" really comes into play. For me scrappy means relentlessly determined to achieve your goal. 

Below are a few excerpts from her book: