Well, we're officially in week five, at least in my neck of the woods. And after over a month of shutdowns it's become obvious that we're really fighting two different battles as real estate professionals. One is the battle against limited resources, a smaller pool of buyers and sellers, government regulation etc. The other is against ourselves. Let's face it, it's difficult to maintain our habits, our work ethic, our drive. It's hard to stay focused, to keep pushing forward, in the face of uncertainty, against the urge to pull the sheets over our heads and give in to the voices telling us to ease up. Telling us to lean into our own laziness. Telling us to stop working and just relax, watch more TV, eat worse food, let our business fall by the wayside because the whole world seems to be following suit.
Here's a newsflash for you. This will all be over in the not-so-distant future, and real estate will still be one of the most profitable and fiercely competitive industries on Earth. So if you want a future in it, you'd better get your ass in gear.
It's time to get back to it. Time cut the rope tied around the cinder block that's been dragging you under water for a month and start swimming towards the surface. Time to get back to your habits, your routine, your growth. Time to rebuild your mental fortress. And the easiest way to do that is one brick at a time.
Start with one, your most important habit. For some of us it's reading, others exercise. For some of us it's meditation or journaling. Whatever it is make it your rock. Now is the time to be uncompromising. Find that one habit, the one that grounds you, the one that starts your day, and be maniacal in your commitment to it. You will see the rest of the pieces start coming together.
But this can't be a most of the time thing. You need to commit to it every day. You need to block out the voices telling you that this time doesn't count. That you'll start again when the world goes back to normal. We're all standing on the tracks right now. The ones that don't move are assuredly getting run over. Do let that be you. Find your center, that anchoring habit, and be steadfast and resolute.
Your future self is counting on you.
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