Monday, July 17, 2017

HABITS: What your Actions are saying about YOU!

Jul 16, 2017
Real Estate
Habits are routine behaviors that are so ingrained in us that we repeat them on a regular basis.  They are kind of like our own personal version of the "autopilot" button.  They include such things as our morning routine, gym schedule, and how we begin our workday. Even though most habits are performed without thinking, stop and think about this for a minute: When was the last time you challenged your routines?
Do your habits serve to propel you toward success or a self-inflicted hurdle you consistently have to jump?  Do they make you more productive and efficient or make it harder for you to accomplish your goals? The fact is, practice doesn’t make perfect if you’re doing it wrong.
I know, how does this apply to the Real Estate World?  Well, there are many different application from the list below that you can apply when looking for your next REALTOR, home to purchase or even when you sell your home.  How many episodes of HGTV Flip or Flop are you going to watch before you realize you just really aren't the right person to take on a major home renovation project?  How many times are you going to offer $30,000 below list price before you realize you are in a seller's market and you would be insulted if someone offered you the same $30k lower on your home you have listed.  When are you going to realize that all agents are not created equal and 99.9% of them do not have a show called "Property Brothers".  Not everything we do, in every facet of life, is 100% correct all the time.  So, we have to take a look at our building blocks whether in our life, purchase or sale of our home, or even our business.

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Kick Your Bad Habits
The first step in modifying a behavior is recognizing the issue and having a willingness to change. Here are 40 habits that may be holding you back. Do you:
Take people and things for granted?
Allow yourself to get distracted by trivial things?
Fail to keep promises –– to others and to yourself?
Talk a good game, but that’s where it ends?
Allow jealousy, hatred, and revenge to consume you?
Speak before thinking?
Blame others for personal setbacks?
Overthink things to the point of the absurd?
Refuse to do more than is asked?
Check items off a to-do list rather than address priorities?
Keep score in relationships?
Surround yourself with toxic people?
Fail to keep problems in perspective?
Refuse to admit mistakes or say “I’m sorry”?
Offer advice without being asked?
Try to please others at the expense of your own needs?
Confuse being busy with making progress?
See everything as black or white?
Refuse to ask others for help?
Follow the crowd rather than think for yourself?
Refuse to leave your comfort zone?
Let your emotions get the best of you?
Fail to learn from your mistakes?
Put things off?
Demand perfection rather than settling for excellence?
Try to keep up with the Joneses?
Say “yes” when you really want to say “no”?
Refuse to let go of the past?
Lose patience at the drop of a hat?
Avoid difficult situations at all costs?
Wait till problems get out of hand before addressing them?
Refuse to delegate and let go?
Take on everyone’s problems as your own?
Beat yourself up for mistakes?
Fail to balance work and play?
Overcommit yourself to the point of exhaustion?
Look down on others?
See the glass as half-empty?
Quit at the first sign of a problem?
Start everything; finish nothing?

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Make It a Good Habit
The benefit of a habit is that it enables you to operate on autopilot –– allowing you to focus on things that matter. The disadvantage is that your routines are so “out of sight, out of mind” that you might not notice whether a particular habit is helpful or damaging.
If you’re a creature of habit, hit the pause button and think about your habits. We’re so busy, keeping busy, that we forget the error of our ways. Frank Outlaw, late president of BI-LO Stores, said it well,
“Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Tomorrow, when you put on your shoes, make sure you have them on the right feet, and more importantly, make sure you’re moving in the right direction.
What Do Your Habits Say About You?