Never Settle: Adopt these 4 Practices

If someone says a task is impossible and can’t be done, be the first person in line to accept the challenge. Life is simply too short to accept things that are just “OK.” Make sure you’re getting the most out of your yearly trips around the sun by adopting these four practices today. 

Schedule your time. Too many of us waste 60-100 hours a week because we are disorganized. Make sure you’re using your time effectively. Plan out your day in 30-minute increments to make the most of it. This doesn’t mean it’s all work-related. Be sure to include things that excite and inspire you. If there’s a new movie or TV show you REALLY want to watch, put it on the schedule. The same goes for a new book you just can’t put down, or even a new skill you really want to learn. 

Never surrender on what you truly want to achieve. Don’t give up when faced with a challenging situation. Anything worth having is worth working for. Sure, some days you’ll feel frustrated, stressed and even emotionally drained. But if you truly want it, then go get it. Successful people do what unsuccessful people won’t do.

Stop thinking of money as evil. “Money isn’t everything,” “Money doesn’t make you happy,” and “Money corrupts.” These are what people say when they don’t want to feel bad about not having any. Money is neither good nor bad, and alone it won’t make you happy. But it will give you the freedom to pursue what you love, provide for your loved ones, and support causes you care about.

Get excited! Too many people go through life bored, upset, annoyed, or even all three. Don’t be one of them. By taking the time to discover people and activities in your life to be excited about, you will inspire others with your enthusiasm and excitement. If you struggle with staying upbeat and positive, adopt an attitude of gratitude. True passion requires a proactive and not a reactive outlook on life. 

A Counterintuitive but Highly Effective Networking Skill

You’ve heard it over and over again: Real estate is an industry that is all about the relationships you make and maintain with people throughout your career. In fact, a significant amount of your time involves simply trying to meet new people in your community in order to grow your network and sphere of influence. Attending networking events and looking for opportunities to get involved in your community are ways to expand your contacts. And while blanketing a room with your business cards might seem like a great way to increase your sphere of influence, this may not be the best use of your time at these networking events. 

Instead, focus on making one quality connection at every event. Look for someone you genuinely find interesting and take the extra time to get to know him or her. Not only does this seem more natural, but it can also help you leave a lasting impact with this individual. 

Here are three more reasons why this method may work better than a more traditional networking “behavior.”

First, this approach gives you a goal that is easily measured. Networking events can be overwhelming. You might be wondering if you’ve met enough people or eaten too many appetizers. By setting the goal of making one quality connection, then you know exactly when you’ve accomplished your goal.

Second, it takes the pressure off. When you’re presented with a networking event, approach it with the attitude of “I wonder who my quality connection will be?” This way, you’re turning what can be a few hours of repetitive awkward small talk into an adventure. 

Lastly, follow-up is a breeze. Instead of sorting through 15-20 business cards and trying to remember if Bob was the bald guy with glasses, you can simply remember the conversation you had. As an added bonus: By taking the time to make a genuine connection, there’s a good chance that new person will remember you as well.

4 Phrases You Should Repeat Daily

It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day activities of a busy life and forget who we are and what is really important. That’s why it’s crucial that we take time to step back and look at the big picture. Here are four phrases you can repeat daily to make sure you’re keeping your life in perspective.

“I’m never too busy.” Being successful means making time for others. Those who struggle with priorities typically don’t have time for family, friends and colleagues. We all need to be sure we make time for what’s important to keep our relationships strong.

“I will say what I mean and mean what I say.” No one is a mind reader, so don’t expect folks to “read between the lines.” Clear, open and honest communication is important in business relationships. Constructive criticism shouldn’t be given or taken as an insult. 

“I am tough and I am patient.” Be tough, but be patient. If things aren’t going the way you expect, remember that today’s struggles are often a great learning experience for the future. Just don’t look for the quick-and-easy fix. Take the tough steps necessary to solve the problem.

“I would rather be kind than be right.” Pick your battles. Most arguments occur when tempers flare over petty differences. Listening can be an act of kindness. It’s amazing what doors a simple kind attitude will open for you and the return can be tenfold.