Do you know someone who always has an excuse for everything? Whether it be tardiness, not following through, or just plain not living up to potential, there is always an excuse. You know what excuses are? Lies you tell to cover up the reason you don’t want to do something.
Think back on a day that you had so much to do that you had no idea how you were going to get it all done. I bet you gave yourself a morning pep talk, avoided all the useless time sucking tasks (scrolling through facebook, engaging in never-ending small talk), and plowed through the day accomplishing everything on the list.
A few years ago I was constantly making excuses as to why I couldn’t lose weight. You name it, I said it. So my husband hired a personal trainer for me. I was excited, but scared. How would I find time? How could we afford it? Due to my trainer’s schedule, I had to meet with him mid-afternoon. It was REALLY hard to leave work in the middle of the day, set my phone down, and not feel like all my deals were going to go up in flames during that hour. Add on top of that being sore, sweaty and tired… well, I just didn’t know how this would pan out.
After 15 months with him I realized a couple things: No deals ever died during that hour. Nothing was ever THAT urgent, and I only canceled once- due to illness. Somehow I managed to pay him, too. I can’t explain how; I just made it happen. In a short time I realized all my excuses for quitting were suddenly gone. I had nowhere to hide. The only choice was success.
You know what else I realized? Because my time became more valuable, my work became more focused, and I ended up having my best year in real estate. Crazy, huh?
Imagine what you could accomplish if your day became more focused. Try it! Schedule exercise, prospecting, returning emails and phone calls, appointments, family time, etc., into your day and don’t allow anything to come between you and getting that task completed during the allotted time.
The first week is the hardest, but slowly completing these tasks will become your new routine. After a couple months, I guarantee you will see success.
It’s time to be proactive, not reactive. It’s time to stop making excuses and do something to further your career. If it’s important to you, you’ll do it. You won’t make excuses. You’ll make a plan and stick to it. Stop thinking, wishing and wanting, and simply do it. You’ve got this! Now do it!
Amy Gilpin, Associate Broker, Manager, ABR.
Fourteen years of helping clients. Six years of helping agents. All for this crazy thing we call real estate.
Production Realty 517-879-4141 Amy@ProductionRealty.com