3 Tips For Tackling a Dreaded Task
What inspires you?
Inspiration. Such a simple word yet not always so easy to find.
Lifestyle entrepreneurs like realtors and mortgage brokers, struggle with staying motivated 24-7, which is why it’s important to find ways to remain inspired; to tap into your “Why”, so that you have something to propel you when the heaviness of the “No” during prospecting pulls you back.
As a Lifestyle Entrepreneur Expert, focusing in the real estate space, I have had the opportunity to ask realtors about what inspires and motivates them to succeed.
Some will share that they are motivated and driven by financial reward. Others, will express their genuine desire to help people. But more often than not, the most significant motivator or inspiration for working hard and sticking with the business is something way more personal; and that is the knowing that their life and the wellbeing of their loved ones is dependent on their ability to succeed.
A leading expert in real estate and psychology, Dr. Cliff Baird, examined the behaviours of realtors in relation to prospecting. While a majority of realtors exhibited some level of avoidance behaviour when it came to prospecting (more specifically their fear of rejection), he found that one of the best ways to stay motivated to a task, was to look outside of ourselves. More specifically, to be reminded that our success isn’t just meaningful to us, but to those around us as well. Knowing you have a family to provide for, children who are watching everything you do (or don’t do), bills to pay and a dream to build, is a great way to stay persevere through the challenging times, .
Here are 3 tips to help you stay on track to reaching your goals and staying motivated.
1) Have a plan: Set clear and realistic goals then design a plan of action. The more you can remind yourself why you are working so hard, and what it is you want to achieve, the more likely you are to stay focused. When you have your goals, try working with a vision board. Use plenty of visual images to illustrate your goals. What do you hope to do with all the money you earn? Buy a new car? Go on a dream holiday? Renovate your kitchen? Whatever it is, using a vision board is one of the best ways I know to create a constant source for inspiration. Accountability also helps. Enlist the help of your family, a colleague or a coach. They can help keep you on track and remind you of your goals.
2) Choose a mentor: if you have someone that you look up to or strive to be like, they can be a terrific source of inspiration. Not only can they serve as a role model for you, they can be a valuable source of knowledge, guidance and motivation. Sometimes it easier to see what we need to do by looking to others as an example.
3) Your family/loved ones: When we have others who depend on us and who look to us as a source of inspiration and strength, it’s hard not to stay on track. Think about it. Those moments where you want to call it a day. Where you’ve heard too many No’s or when you were just to fearful or tired to start…if you knew that your loved ones were watching you, would you stop? I say, plaster the pictures of your family and loved ones everywhere. On your phone home screen, computer screen saver, sun visor of the car….any place that you can easily access their faces to remind you that you are awesome, that you are loved and that you can do it!