THE BIG PICTURE: How having a big, risky vision can move mountains.
by Teri Conrad
They say in life ‘you get what you settle for’. In Real Estate, its easy to fall into the trap of routine, ‘busy-making’ activities and end up with a lack of direction. You wake up, check your Facebook, dig through your email, read a few articles and before you know it–it’s noon and you’ve done next to nothing to generate any real business.
Real Estate can be the BEST career and lifestyle and yet many of us struggle to attain the level of success that we desire. Why is that?
Marianne Williamson says, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond our measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?…Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”
We usually start off strong with big dreams and some drive, but of course as things gain momentum, so does our RISK and our commitments and our responsibilities. We have more to lose, more people to let down and more opportunity to feel shame, so we back up, construct virtual walls and shrink.
Here are six ways to get back to THE BIG PICTURE and re-focus your business and life.
CHALLENGE YOUR BELIEFS.
Here’s the thing; we believe the stories we tell ourselves. And in doing so, we create our own roadblocks and limitations. Shake free of your old stories. Are they really true?
CHASE THE MOON.
Each of us have unique gifts to contribute to the world but you don’t have to do it all. With a little experience (and often some outside perspective) you will learn to hone your strengths and delegate your weaknesses. Systems, processes and partnerships can be game changers.
STOP PLAYING THE COMPARISON GAME.
As much as we look to others to inspire us, we also weaken ourselves by measuring against them. This is a losing battle. Instead, focus on your own growth.
WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR?
It all starts with getting clear about YOUR values, your skills, and what you TRULY want. You may THINK you want to be a top producer, but if at your core you value time with your family, freedom and space, then no matter what you do, you’ll always be stuck. Instead, tell yourself the truth about what you really want and construct solutions to combat that which you don’t want. For instance, if you crave more time on the weekends, perhaps you can partner, or hire an assistant. And if you’re not quite there yet, then create a plan to get there.
SEE IT. BELIEVE IT.
Solidify your vision in all the ways that are personal to you. Maybe you visualize details in your mind, create a vision board, or work with a professional business and brand agent to hone the details? …Now is the time to incorporate faith that you will figure it out as you go. One step at a time. Like a small child with a messy playroom to clean up, we can get overwhelmed with the enormity of our vision. Instead focus on the present. What is the 1 thing you can do This year? This month? This week? What can you do TODAY to move forward?
As Jim Walberg, Owner at The Bay Area Team in San Francisco reminded me “The universe will fill your cup, no matter if you carry a big cup, a little cup or a thimble.” (via Sonia Choquette) Jim has proactively been designing what he calls his “Magnificent Life” in a very intentional way. Jim is a cancer survivor thriver who refuses to use the word “GOAL” and instead uses “COMMITMENT” because in his mind a goal is no more than a wish.
So, don’t be afraid to dream big! All it takes is having a clearly defined vision and then making the space and time to get specific about your commitments. You’ll be amazed at how high you can climb one step at a time!
Teri Conrad, founder of Agent Quest
Agent Quest helps brokers and agents achieve business clarity by defining and connecting heart-wired personal values to a clearly articulated brand roadmap. Marrying this with professional brand strategy, messaging and identity design, clients experience a ‘Brand Quest’ – creating a powerful and consistent brand identity from the ground up.