Can doubt and worry stymie productivity? Can the dread of something potentially happening prevent success and advancement, even if it hasn’t yet happened? I would think so.
Seems every self-help guru starts their program with a focus on your brain and belief system, and whether you’ve aligned your mindset with a “mission”.
At the beginning of this year, Natalie, Geneva and I formulated a game plan, our “mission” for the next 12 months. We would continue to work on improving what we do and how we do it. If it hadn’t been evident enough how much we valued our clients, the people that put their trust in us to handle one of the most important transactions of their lives, we’d work to improve that. Once we got into a flow, we began to be busier and more productive than the year before. If we were worried about how we would handle the amount of work, or resent how it would impact our personal lives, we might have ended this run before it started. The flow has extended into the traditionally slower Summer months, with 13 property sales since the end of Spring. One of the best compliments we received in the midst of this, came from first-time buyers who were surprised we were as busy as we were – they thought they were our only clients. ‘Nuff said.
I’m pleased to share one of my favorite poems…
ATTITUDE by: Charles Swindoll
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.
Till next month,
Derek & Natalie and Geneva
by Patrick Carlisle, Market Analyst for Compass Bay Area
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