For many people, winter is a time of feeling pretty “blah.” In many parts of the country, it’s cold, it’s gray, and it’s just not fun to be outside. In real estate, business is slower, it can be frustrating to generate leads, and you start to lose your spark.
But now, spring is in the air, and it’s time to fall in love! That is, fall back in love with your real estate business. If you’re in the doldrums, consider these ideas to reignite your fire and so you can be excited about the spring and summer selling season.
Notice the Signs of Burnout
The first step to solving any problem is realizing there is a problem. As you think about your real estate business, do you notice any of the following symptoms?
- Little energy and little desire to be productive
- Feeling irritable or impatient with co-workers and clients
- Dragging yourself to work each day almost against your will
- Being cynical and sarcastic more than usual
- Feeling disillusioned about the real estate business
If any of these describe you, it’s time to take action. By taking steps to relax, rediscover your motivation, and renew your energy levels, you’ll be inspired and ready to go again soon.
Take Care of Your Health
Does your life look like an endless series of sitting, eating takeout, driving, sitting, and more takeout? If so, the first place to start is with your health.
If you’re getting very limited physical activity and eating poorly, you will have little energy and a poor mood by default. This is true no matter what business you’re in or how many hours you work.
Start small and make changes step by step. A smoothie for breakfast each morning, until it becomes a habit. Then a walk each afternoon, until it’s a habit. And so on. Over time, you’ll shift your bad habits into good ones and your health – and your energy – will improve dramatically.
Remember What Else You Love About Life
One of the reasons Realtors® burn out is that they don’t make room for anything else in their lives except work. Yes, there is always work to do, but if you are pushing too hard, you won’t be successful. Working too many hours defeats the purpose – instead of getting more done and making more money, you’re getting discouraged and having a hard time going to work at all.
Instead, purposefully make time for the things you find fun. Take a couple of hours to go to a favorite bookstore or local park. Research what museums exist that revolve around things you enjoy – there are museums for everything from trains and motorcycles to Star Trek and art.
If two hours seems like too much, start smaller by taking time off for a walk each day. If the weather is bad, a local rec center or mall can provide great walking indoors. Just 30 minutes can start to get you out of your rut, and you can work your way up from there.
Change Your Perspective About Work
If you’re like many Realtors®, you collect references, referrals, and online reviews to help you win new business. These kind words can also help you gain a new perspective on why you do what you do.
Take some time to read the kind letters and reviews that you have received from clients. Remember that you are good at this job and that you make a difference in people’s lives. That reminder will help you move into a more positive mindset.
Then, go to work the next day as if you loved to be there. Find things you enjoy about your job and focus on them, even if just for one day. Take a class, read a book, or research a new marketing method. If it’s connecting with people that you love, visit your farm area on foot and walk around. Meet people naturally, with no agenda. Enjoy the interactions.
Remember What Make Real Estate Great
When you run your own business like Realtors® do, you get a lot of perks that you often forget about. This forgetfulness is especially common if you’ve been in real estate for a while. Here are some of the things you have that your office-bound friends only dream of:
- A flexible schedule
- You don’t have to be in a cubicle all day
- The ability to spend time outdoors
- The chance to meet a variety of interesting people every day
- The fact that your work makes a significant positive impact on people
- Control over your income and profit margin
When you remember what makes your career amazing, you’ll be better able to face the day with a positive attitude and a can-do spirit.
Get Help if You Need It
There are times when improving your habits and reminding yourself of your blessings are not enough. Sometimes people struggle with clinical depression or other illness, and there’s no “snapping out of it.”
If that’s you, don’t be ashamed to get help. You may need medication, a therapist, or both. Trust me when I say that these things can change your life for the better in significant ways and that it’s more than worth it reach out. There’s no shame in getting help, and it can be the light at the end of the tunnel you’ve been looking for.
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