The Business Plan Replacement

Summary: Year after year, when I take time to reflect, react and redirect, I learn and integrate lessons that would have been lost otherwise. Because it’s the end of the year, I’m sharing my three step process that represents the foundation of my business plan replacement.

The holiday season is a wild mix of celebration, regret and overindulgence. Meanwhile, every business owner is working on a plan for next year. The smart asses amongst you will point out that planning for next year should have happened in October (which is correct but if you pulled that off you wouldn’t be reading this). Alas, this is real life and most real estate pros think about planning the Monday following Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Building Champions advocates a planning process that includes the “Core Four” which are a Life Plan, Business Vision, Business Plan and Priority Management. I have transitioned from student to advocate for their methodology although the act of planning is the key. This blog post is about what you do BEFORE all of that. Before you sit with your team and declare what 2017 looks like, take some time to let last year settle in. The business plan replacement is a three step pre-planning process that includes the following: 1) Reflect, 2) React and 3) Redirect.

Not Just Another Gratitude Post

Summary: Gratitude is more than a seasonal phenomena. It’s medicine. Even when your personal gratitude meter bottoms out, there are three simple things you can do to keep the medicine flowing. 1) Say it out loud, 2) Be specific instead of courteous, 3) See rather than look.

Here we are, smack in the middle of gratitude season, and it seems fitting that I write a post about gratitude. The issue is, I just had a horrible day.  Frankly, it has been a stressful few months.  So I thought I would forgo the “I am super grateful” post and give you some idea of how my gratitude practice has survived the onslaught of personal and business stress. If you are in your Christmas sweater, humming carols and feeling overwhelming joy at the prospects of 5 weeks of holiday, maybe skip this one. But if you’re secretly dreading having to put on your “happy face” at the next 10 parties, step into my office.   

3 Reasons Every Salesperson Should Work Out At Lunch

Exercise is an essential element to a properly functioning sales and marketing pro. Let’s face it, most of us are type A, high D, extrovert types that have more energy than a 4 yr old on a can of Coke (which I don’t condone, but it paints the required picture). For many years I have been a morning workout guy, meaning, if it didn’t happen first thing, it didn’t happen.

The problem is that “it happened” a lot less after kids. So, after cleaning up my old dialogue and re-structuring my morning routine, I have come to appreciate one or two good lunch workouts a week. I wanted to share with you a couple of the benefits I have discovered from mixing it up.

Chasing Mindfulness in Micro Disasters

How a flat tire helped me take notice.

Most of our work days are marked by a low grade chaotic hum fueled by 25 tasks for 20 slots.  Whether you are selling stuff, raising kids or running a company, the demands outstrip the time. Scientific evidence is stacking up around the benefits of mindfulness in our daily lives. Slowing down and clearing the decks for a few seconds seems to improve creative thinking and change the structure of your brain. Sometimes a moment of mindfulness can be found in the midst of life’s micro disasters.