Courage in the Mortgage Trenches

Summary: Courage isn’t always about walking into a burning building or quitting your corporate job to sell stuff on E-bay. Sometimes it is facing a challenge head on, making the right decision in a split second or speaking up. This week, some great people brought some everyday courage to their big transition.

Three Ways to Avoid Social Media Addiction for the #DigitizedMLO

Summary: Social Media is designed to be addictive… I mean, engaging. If you are going to play in the digital world, you need to spend a certain amount of time actively staring at your device. Three things you can do to help curb the social media addiction are: Turn off your notifications, track your use, and manage your timeline.

The February Funk

Don't Let it Kill Your 2017 Plan

Summary: The February Funk is real. Doing the work comes after the grand vision of December’s plan. Here’s three things you can do to make sure you stay on track: 1) Review your plan every Monday, 2) Focus on the small stuff and 3) Toss the stuff that doesn’t fit.
 

December found my newsfeed littered with business planning inspiration and exuberant sales managers encouraging you to kill it in 2017.  If you are like most entrepreneurs, the end of January results in a reality check. It comes in the form of the daily grind and habits decades in the making. Your big plans for 2017 seem just a bit grandiose, and your business plan lies beneath a stack of far more significant paper.

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.

One Habit: How No Lead Left Behind Can Double Your Production [Repost]

Summary: One habit can double your production in the next 12 months.  A defined No Lead Left Behind process forces you to prioritize, increases your conversion rate, builds future pipeline and gives you a real value proposition.  

The keystone holds the arch up. Without it, the entire structure is compromised. With it, you can build the production team of your dreams. Running a successful business is an art and science: the science is discovering the right thing, and the art is making a habit of doing it every day. 

Charles Duhigg said that “there’s nothing you can’t do if you get the habits right.” Establishing one habit creates a trickle down effect. It creates systematic improvement in your entire business. What if I told you there’s one habit that when turned into a business discipline will double your business in the next 12 months? The No Lead Left Behind habit can do exactly that. 

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.   

Personal Responsibility: From Lip Service To Lasting Change

Strengthening our business starts with extending our influence to excuse mitigation. Personal responsibility is a term thrown around on the regular.  In fact, it is one of the core values of Nextview Group. Our simple direction is to “Take responsibility for your actions, reactions and maximizing your influence.” How do we know if we’re getting it right?

My work, both paying and philanthropic, exposes me to the best of the best in mortgage and cycling. As I struggled to define “Personal Responsibility”, examples not explanations keep popping up. Below are four of the most recent ones.   

Why You? [E-book Release]

I had lunch with a friend the other day and he looked right at me and said, “You know I just closed a Rocket Mortgage in 15 days and never talked to anyone. What are you guys going to do about that?” 

The reality is the market is changing. We need to be brutally clear about the value we bring to the market, our partners and the clients we serve. I am shocked at the number of Lenders and Realtors that are unable to answer that question in a compelling way.

Handling Busy Part 2

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Rather than a badge of honor, busyness is often in direct conflict with productivity.  When you’re busy, you confuse motion for progress. Lifehack.org gives 20 additional reasons to not be proud of your busyness. What do you do when the length of your to-do list is rivaled only by the length of your call back list?  

Handling Busy Part 1

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You have no idea how busy I am.  If you are like me, hearing that grates a nerve deep inside you.

Of course you know how busy I am! Like most professionals, you’re just as busy. In our lives the demands often overwhelm the number of hours we allocate and we are forced to manage tradeoffs. Fortunately, (or unfortunately), we all have the same 8,765 hours in a year to achieve the lofty goals we set in December. You have the same amount of time as Bill Gates and (insert name of person you think is killing it here).