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Keeping our chin up

Social-Distancing could be an opportunity to be in more communication, not less.

You have probably received many communications regarding the current state of affairs regarding this pandemic.  My intention is to quickly reach out and remind you/us of the benefits to keeping ourselves in the best possible mindset: for ourself, our family, our associates, our clients, and our community.

You have probably experienced your own wide set of emotions and feelings.  Possibly inspired one moment and quite fearful the next.  Or maybe neither.  Or maybe just one extreme.

Here is one webinar to listen to that is VERY positive and re-frames the environment we find ourselves in.  This is from someone in Vermont who leads a real estate team and other real estate related businesses.  Much of what he says I couldn’t say better than myself: listen here.  If you don’t want to listen to the whole thing, the first 10-20 mins sums it up well.

In my own reflection, and in line with what I have already been saying to people since last week:

  • This too shall pass.  Consider last week and the next 4-6 weeks in the bigger picture of a year, or five years.
  • Would it be crazy to think that the circumstances call for us to be calm, empathetic, and professional?
  • There will be an enormous opportunity to demonstrate who we are in times of uncertainty – to ourself, and to our family and clients.
  • This could be the moment that separates the amateurs from the professionals – much like 2008-2010, business flocks to quality.  Here is our chance to demonstrate who we are.

Maybe people will stop buying and selling homes for the next 4 -8 weeks.  Maybe they won’t.  

Maybe this is the thing that puts the world economy into recession.  So what? Even in the last big recession, people bought and sold, and many agents grew their businesses.

People don’t put life on hold forever.  The good news for us is that everyone has to live somewhere.  We help people fulfill a basic need: shelter.  It is a gift and privilege.  That need does not go away in a time of economic downturn.  Maybe it temporarily goes on hold for a few weeks if/when people are on lockdown, but aside from that life will go on.

So how do you keep yourself clear, present, and in a positive mindset?  It takes dedicated effort.  It happens on purpose.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Limit the time you spend checking news.  The best recommendation I heard was pick your favorite source, then check it once in the am, and once around dinnertime.
  • Meditate.
  • Exercise.
  • Read something inspiring.  
  • Listen to something inspiring.

I watched a bunch of comedy with my son the other night.  Laughing re-wires our body. I highly recommend it.  I am also reading: Fear is Fuel by Patrick  Sweeney; and listening to Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant.  You don’t have to read or listen to those, there are plenty of things you can read and listen to.

Lastly, try and continue to follow a routine, to the best of your ability.  Remember, as human beings we crave predicability and certainty.  Try and give yourself as much of those two things as possible.  

Feel free to reach out if I can help in any way.

All the best,
Steven