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Maintaining an Attitude for Success

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When you were starting out with your business, did you have any second thoughts? Did you ever stop and think “Am I doing the right thing?” Running a business, you know we get so busy, busy, busy and then we just realise another week, another month, then another year has gone.

We all know the struggles when we are starting out. We try to make a name for ourselves, get recognised despite the competition. We put in hours and hours of work to connect with clients, to show what we can do and sometimes it is just not enough.

It is normal for challenges to come up in the course of running a business. It is normal that we face unexpected setbacks that we have not accounted for when we were plotting our year. What is not normal is if you get home from running the business – day after day feeling tired and dejected.

If you have ever experienced this, or if you are going through this right now, you have to change your mind-set, then you have ask yourself these questions:

  • Go back and revisit your why. Why did you choose to be in this business? Why did you decide to start your business? Why real estate and not technology, or finance. Why did you decide to start the business? Is it because you want more time to spend with family? Or is it because you want to have more control of your own time?
  • Ask, then act and not just react. What do you dislike of the current situation? Is it something you can change? What can you do to change it?

You see, when you are feeling low, you have to go back and think of your purpose. You have to look for your motivation. What do you love about the business? Once you find that it’s time to act. Do something. If you have setbacks, if you find something blocking your path then find your way around it.

  • Concentrate on your genius. Your genius is one thing that comes naturally to you. A task, or something that you do not have to mentally prepare or force yourself to do. Concentrate on that and whenever possible, outsource the other tasks to leave yourself time to breathe and rest.
  • Keep learning. The saying that goes – ‘our education does not stop in school’ is especially true when you are running a business. Keep learning the trend, make sure you know the latest news and developments. Find ways to stand out in a crowded marketplace. Find out what makes you stand above and separate from all the competition.
  • Just keep going. In any business it is not always smooth sailing. If you come across roadblocks, just find a way around it. There is no shortcut to success. The ones who win the race are the ones who did not give up.

The Power of Collaboration

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So often in business, we find ourselves in such a lonely place. Where you know, out in the grind, out and doing what we’re doing and we feel isolated sometimes. We’re too focused, too busy with our tasks and solving our own problems.

There’s this saying that is really inspiring in a way – “There is not one thing, there is not one problem within your business that you cannot solve with the people in the room.” So true. Two heads or more is so much better than one.

And you know, those in the real estate space, it’s like you go! Go! Go! And sometimes we put our head up and we go, “Wow! am I going the right direction?”

No matter how well we have our direction mapped out for us, no matter how carefully we plan our week, month or year, sometimes we encounter setbacks and detours that we don’t anticipate.

So, what we can do is share some of the challenges, and also have our fellow team members gather around the table to actually give us advice. Allow them to give us strategies and to give us support.

Facilitating a workshop is also a great idea. Businesses collaborating together to help one another, through workshop where different ideas and different strategies are shared.

So, I think the more we can collaborate, the more we can share, the more we can grow. It is by working together, by sharing ideas that we can improve on our current strategies. We get a fresh perspective. A new way to tackle the problem.  A different set of eyes to see areas for improvement.

Each one of us bring different experiences, different strengths into the table. I might have a good idea for the business – you might also have a good idea for the business. Imagine what will happen if we combine our ideas and work through the challenges together. We are going to be unstoppable!

Entrepreneurship does not have to be a long and lonely journey. Very often, we find ourselves travelling the same road –  with some already far ahead while others lag behind. We just have to be willing to work together, to listen, encourage, and lend a hand when necessary.

Ask yourselves today, “Who am I collaborating with? Who am I working with to strategize my challenges?” 

And when you realize the importance of collaboration, I guarantee that business will improve and achieve a bigger success.

 

Lifting Up Your KPIs

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Lifting UP Your KPIs

When we’re driving somewhere we haven’t been to before, we normally turn on GPS and follow the instructions, right? It tells us when to turn right, left or go straight ahead. We don’t have GPS in business, so we have to rely on reviews, and we have to rely on checks and balance along the way. These checks and balance are called KPIs.

So, are you hitting your KPIs? If you are consistently unable to hit the KPI that you set for yourself at the beginning of the year, nine out of ten times, the issue lies with the person in the mirror. How well do you deal with distractions? How good at you with time management? How organized are you?

3 Things That Will Set You Up For Success

If you consistently failed at every KPI evaluation, all is not lost. What do you need to improve your numbers? What do you need to do to improve your calls, for example? You need to get your scripts planned out ahead of time. You need to review and be familiar with the scripts. You need to plan out the scripts the night or the day before.

Let me share with you three strategies that are sure to lift up your KPI points:

  1. Make sure that you have the entire week mapped out ahead of you. What do you need to do? What tasks need to be completed? Plan your schedule. Prioritise. When you map out your schedule for the week you have a clear idea what to expect, what to do, and when to do it. You have your timeline set, and you know that at this certain day of the week, these pressing tasks should be finished. I should be working on these.
  2. Sticking to Your Ideal Week. Now that you have the week mapped out, all you need to do is to follow the plan. The ideal week is one where everything goes as planned. The pending tasks that you planned to work on, you should be able to complete them by the end of the week. How do you accomplish this? You need to focus, focus, focus. Focus on what needs to be done. Focus on the task ahead and ignore distractions. Manage your time and make sure that the time you spent at work are productive.
  3. Develop a Good Ritual. I cannot say this enough, people are creatures of habit. We tend to do the same things, over and over. This is why it is important to develop a good ritual. Start the day right. Wake up early. Go for a run, exercise. Then have a leisurely breakfast. When you get to work your mind is relaxed, and focused on completing your tasks. If you wake up late you tend to rush through things, and you get to work with your mind on other things that you haven’t done. “What did I forget to do?” “I forgot I have to do this…” and so on, and so forth. You’re not fully focused on the task.

So whenever you see that you’re not hitting your KPI, ask yourself – how well are you planning each week and each day? How well are you mapping your ideal week and sticking to it? How well are you doing your rituals?

Facing Adversity: Your Road to Success

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You may or you may not know, I recently just we went  over to New Zealand, Rotorua and completed another Ultramarathon. It was a grueling 102 kilometre run to Rotorua, which is to the north island of New Zealand.

I’ve done couple of races like this in the past, but this one was absolutely spectacular. And there are different number of elements why the race was so spectacular: It was the inclination, it was the declination, it was the terrain, it was the scenery. There are a lot of amazing lessons I took personally from that race.

Lessons from the BIG RACE

The first lesson was, obviously, how to breakdown a biggie goal. 102 kilometres, right? Huge!

Another element is that, reverse engineering that into one aid station, to the next aid station, checkpoint, checkpoint and checkpoint. It’s a bit like a goal, right? You got a big audacious goal, reverse engineer it down and go through each station as you go.

Another lesson that I took away from doing the Ultramarathon is, what happens when things don’t go your way?

So, what happens at 30km in? Achilles blew out. Hip blew out. I was in a world of pain. So, I had a couple of options: I could push on or I could pull out.

And so, I thought – “I’ve done all the training. I’ve come this far, I’m not gonna be pulling out at 30km.” So, I sucked it up and just kept on going. And obviously, with a bit of help, I got through each aid station.

It’s a really good analogy of – what happens when you’re facing adversity? What happens when you face a challenge? Do you go, “Ah, I’ve check out. I’m out!” Or do you actually push through?

Because mostly what happens when you push through the other side, that’s where the goal is guys. That’s where true success is. It’s getting through each ceiling. Getting through that next level.

So, you may be having troubles with your team. You may be having troubles with sales. You may be having troubles in any business. But the element of pushing through, that comes from having that support crew around you. It comes from having that team around you. Knowing what resources you’ve got – your backpack on your back, your water and everything like that to get you through to the next checkpoint.

How about you? How do you face your own adversities in your personal and work life? Sometimes, it helps to know that you have reliable people around you. Surround yourself with the right support group and you will definitely overcome any challenges that comes your way.

Business As Usual: Your Quick Guide to Getting Back in the Game

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Traditionally in the real estate game, most real estate professionals don’t get back to work after Australia Day. Most of them slowly get into things and before you know it, they’ve already lost one or two precious weeks.

But, there are those who have already started back and they’re going already. So I wanna share with you, for those who maybe coming back this week or may have been already back for the last couple of weeks.

Three (3) key tips to get you back in the game:

  1. Are you back physically?
  2. Emotionally?
  3. Mentally?

So these three tips are going to help you to really get things going quickly and ensure you’re hitting those strikes – hitting those goals super fast.

Map Out Your Goals

There are three (3) important things when it comes to getting ourselves back in the game. Firstly, is ensuring you got your goal set.

Yes I know, you have probably done it. But have you mapped out your twelve months? Have you mapped out the next three months? Have you mapped out the next three weeks? What about the next three days?

So when you clearly mapped it out, that engages the psychology of, “Okay, this is what we need to do,” and it starts to get you in the action component.

But what I find is most people map out their twelve-month goal, but don’t actually map out what they need to do in the next 90 days. Or the next 30 days. Not even the next 3 days. It’s really important, but not enough people seem to be doing it.

So that’s the first thing: ensuring you mapped out those goals.

Create a Positive Environment

Second component is to ensure that you surround yourself in a positive environment.

You know we get back and you know everyone’s talking and asking, “how’s your holiday? and blah blah blah.” Is that really conducive to a positive environment you want to be in? You’d want to get out.

Let’s go! Let’s get into the activity!”

So, you may need to take yourself out of the office and surround yourself with nature. Ensure you’re getting on the phone. Ensure that you’re actually having team meetings outside just to get that momentum going.

Remember the second component: surround yourself with a positive, uplifting, inspiring environment.

Exercise

The third thing and this is a huge thing – is getting back into a routine.

Now, we strongly believe in creating your ideal weight. But how do we do that?

The biggest way and the quickest way to make sure you get into a routine is – exercise. Exercise releases endorphins that helps you get up in the morning. I strongly believe you get that exercise in the morning and start a great day.

Get yourself into that routine of building and building an exercise program, and then from that you get the energy to get into the other components of your day.

These components might be difficult at first, especially when you just got back from a well deserved break. But try to keep it to heart and you’ll be surprised how fantastic the results are.

Again, get back in the game with these three things in mind:

  1. Set your goals.
  2. Surround yourself in a positive, uplifting, inspiring environment.
  3. Ensure you get back into your routine quickly and concisely.

Breathe, Visualize and Move

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Was there ever a time that you felt overwhelmed by so many things that are going on around you? Tasks that you need to finish, work that are piling up by the minute? How did you cope?

I want to share with you today the importance of B.V.M.: B for Breathe, V for Visualize, and M for Move. It’s a cool exercise that we do with a lot of our clients.

This is also an opportunity to really give you a tool that’s going to help you to get through the next couple of weeks at least.

So often, we have so many plates that are spinning around and around at the same time. What I notice is that people go from one plate, starts spinning, and go to another plate – and start spinning, and so on and so forth.

And what it does, it actually results to headache. People get overwhelmed with too much going on at the same time. People get frustrated.

So B.V.M actually allows you to transition those plate spinning. Transition those different tasks, activities or deliverable that you need to be working on throughout that day.

And this process really gets you centered, and it allows you to get clear on who you need to become and what you need to step into.

Breathe

Obviously breathing is a huge component. We all breathe, but how deep and how often do we actually really breathe? So, what happens is that when emotion is high – when you got so many stuff happening, your emotion’s through the roof – logic is usually low.

What happens is that, when we become quite emotive, we start to breathe from the neck part up. And we start to take short breaths, and we start to get more emotional.

And so, by breathing – it has to be some nice deep belly breaths. It enables you to decrease that high stake emotional component and start to get into more of a logistical kind of way of thinking.

Then, it starts to ground you. It starts to decrease that frustration and decrease that feeling of being overwhelmed. And when we do just a couple of, say 3 nice deep breaths, it starts to center us and it starts to ground us on where we are at right now.

If you are feeling overwhelmed then you can try this step right now. Clear your mind and take three deep belly breaths. How did that make you feel? It’s not time to move to the next step –

Visualize

Second component is Visualize. V for Visualize. Visualizing then moving into that next task. Moving into who I need to become or what am I about to do. You, seeing that task. You, visualizing that task in your mind.

Because what happens is that, when we play up our video screens in our internal mind – it starts to shift our behavior. It starts to shift our physiology. It starts to shift that internal reaction, those reactive models inside of us.

When it starts to shift our responses, then our physiology changes. Our behavior changes. Then our activity changes. Therefore, our results also change. So, V is to Visualize what’s coming up in your mind.

Visualizing the task is you preparing your mind and body to do the task. It may be a task that you do not particularly enjoy. It could be something tedious. Instead of putting it off, visualize yourself doing the task. Get a clear picture in your mind of yourself doing it.

Move

The last component is M for Move. And what I love to do, and I love to suggest to clients is, when we’re going through this B.V.M – we’re energetic beings. So, the more you move, energy creates energy. When people go out and don’t have enough energy on time – it’s like, nope, wrong.

Movement helps you do more, it creates more energy. And so, you know, if it’s a lap around the block – if it’s a lap around the office, if it’s a lap around your chair – by shifting your energy, by utilizing that movement, it starts to release those endorphins. Release those hormones that you can start to then find the energy to do the activity that you need to move in to.

So B.V.M: Breathe, Visualize and Move – this really helps you to transition from task to task. Really helps you transition from going to one conversation, then to a different conversation. And starts to help you get through the day and get through the activities, and obviously help you to achieve the goals that you want to achieve.

The Magic of Saying Thank You

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Today is a good opportunity to stop and review the week that you’ve just had, and to just talk about some of the key lessons and those Aha! moments that you’ve taken for the week.

So, what about you? What’s been some of your wins over this last week that you can share down below? What are you most proud of? What are some achievements that you’ve done? Things that you want to highlight – and what about some of the lessons that you’ve learned this week as well?

I’m just heading out from the office today and I would like to share with you what I learned this week. What I want to share with you is about the power of actually saying one word, or maybe two words – THANK YOU.

It’s really a powerful thing, because of the energy that is associated with the words “Thank You” is quite profound and quite powerful.

So often we take so many things for granted, when things are expected and we receive them, we sometimes take them without any acknowledgement. But when we stop and actually just go, “you know what? Thank you for that. I really appreciate, I really acknowledge you for doing that.” No matter how big or how small it was, it goes a long way.

What you can actually see when you say those two key words or one key word is, it opens up their whole paradigm. It opens up their smiles and it opens up their whole energy. It only takes a second to say it, no effort on your part, really. Not only is it polite to say thank you, but saying it transforms the entire experience.

How many of you have experienced this? When someone – a coworker or family recognizes your efforts, no matter how small and gives you a sincere thank you, doesn’t the encounter leave you feeling positive? Wouldn’t you want to leave that same feeling to the person that you’re communicating with?

I hope the realization allows you to incorporate these two words when dealing with people. It enhances the experience for both the giver and the receiver.

So, who’ve we said thank you to over this last week? And who can you say thank you over the weekend, or over this coming week?

Make someone’s day! Really acknowledge someone, really light someone up. So – WINS, LESSONS and THANK YOU.

Thank you and have a good day.

Engagement and Influence

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Lesson for the week: Engagement and Influence

I love presenting and talking and coaching – is one of my geniuses that I love doing it. I can do it daily. But, it’s all well and good doing it – but how do you engage?

When you are having conversations, how do you engage? How do you engage with your teams? How do you engage with your clients?

Obviously you cannot use a “one size fits all” approach. You have to get really personal. You have to really listen in order to connect.

That’s one of the big lessons that we’ve learned throughout this week – it’s engagement.

Another lesson that we learned this week is influence

Having the ability to affect someone’s ideas, character or choices. This is not an easy thing to achieve.

Even this morning as I was running a training session for a client, we talked about influence.

We talked about how are you influencing those people around you? How are you influencing prospective clients, particularly in this market? How are you influencing your current clients?

So, looking at all those different components for us is around engagement and influence.

Now I want you to ask yourselves again:

How do you engage? How do you influence the people around you? Share your thoughts and leave a comment below.

Review: Wins and Lessons for the Week

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Can you believe it is another week?

Where did the weeks go? They just go so quick. They fly through.

So, what are you up to for this amazing weekend?

Once again, it is time to stop and recall what have you done for the week. What are some of the wins that you’ve achieved? What’s some of the lessons, some of the aha! moments that you have achieved throughout this week?

We’ve just launched a new segment in our Tribe called “Ask Shorty.”

So, what is it exactly about? “Ask Shorty ” is an opportunity where clients get to just throw questions in. It’s an opportunity where clients can just, you know, ask questions within our closed Facebook group. If some things come up and you’re not sure what to do or you just want to discuss or ask about something, all you’ve got to do is just put a question out there.

What we did today is to just recap all the conversations that I’ve had with clients over this week. And just a recap of some of the amazing wins and important lessons that we’ve had within the Tribe.

And it’s so good, just to review each of those conversations. Just a review of what were some of the wins that we’ve had with clients over the week.

Even when you think you’ve had a pretty uneventful week, you’ll be amazed when you go back and list all the wins and lessons you’ve learned throughout the week.

We literally wrote a four page of all the wins that some of our amazing clients have had over the week. I truly acknowledge their hard work, their dedication and their commitment. So, go Tribe!

So, what are your wins? What are your lessons for this week?

It’s a good time to reflect, good time to take note and go – “Hmm… what have you achieved this week? The things that you are most proud of? What are the wins? Are there instances wherein you can just stop and celebrate and be grateful for?”

Because, when we can stop and celebrate – stop and smell those roses – it’s nice to acknowledge the hard work, the dedication, the commitment that you’ve done this week.

So, I’d love to hear. Make a comment below of some of your wins, some of your lessons throughout this week. And have a wonderful, safe weekend.

How Engaged Are You?

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It is another week! And we are on our way again to face new challenges, learn from them and share whatever it is that we know will help us in the future.

So, today I want to share with you about ENGAGEMENT.

How engaged are you? How engaged are you in what you do and what you learn?

Engage with People with the same Goal

Little story to segway this into this quick little topic today. A number of years ago, I was fortunate enough to help out the Rich Dad Crew, Robert Kiyosaki.

I was up in a live event up in the Gold Coast. Gosh! This was close to 15, 16 years ago – and, I looked around and these people are coming in time and time again to learn and to grow.

And I start to question these people – so, what have you done between these courses? What have you done between then and now? And you could see, you could hear the blankness.

So what we did, what I actually did is I formed a relationship with nine other people who are actually from Sydney, but they are up at Gold Coast for this event. And we formed a “Master Mind” group.

From that Master Mind group, we met for – I think it was close to three years every single fortnight – and we implemented our learnings. We implemented what we’re taught, what we learnt from previous courses, from books, from what we discovered throughout the fortnight.

And being held accountable to a group was so powerful. Knowing that you had to report in what you were going to do over the last fortnight, which is huge. So much different from, I guess, going one on one.

The whole group environment where you had ten people around looking at you going – “hey, dude! You’re committed to this? What happened? What worked?” This somehow led me to fast forward to today.

What’s next?

“How engaged are you?” That question has kept me thinking what my next step would be and how I can make it meaningful. So, we read books, we attend courses, we were taking programs. But what do you do? What’s your strategy to maintain your own engagement? How do you maintain your own engagement?

What do you do once you read a book? Do you just go – “Ah, that was nice!”, then put it back in the shelf and away you go? Or do you actually take notes and do you highlight, and you go write this next month I’m going to implement X?

What do you do about your courses? What do you do about podcasts? How do you implement the material? Because, knowledge is great. Knowledge is fantastic. But unless you have the implementation of that knowledge, it’s just knowledge.

And so, I’m going to ask you guys today. How are you maintaining your engagement? How do you ensure that you are engaged in what you do? And how do you ensure that you take that engagement, and you take action?

So, there we go! How engaged are you in what you do and what you learned?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’d love to hear your comments. Comment below on how you keep engaged and looking forward to speaking to you soon.