By Maddie Jostol, Marketing Manager
How you think on a daily basis could be having a profound influence on the results your business is generating. Having a positive mindset can help you thrive in your life and business, and ultimately, make you more money. Your mindset affects your health, well-being, relationships, success, and income – so we highly recommend you start paying attention to what kind of head space you’re in. Here are a few ways in which leveraging a healthy, positive business mindset can make you a stronger agent.
There has been extensive research supporting the power of positive thinking on a person’s health. The thoughts running through your head have a strong influence on the state of your mental and physical health, undoubtedly affecting your work life. When you think positively, you’re better able to realize those thoughts, bringing your goals and dreams into reality.
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi
In addition, positivity is infectious. Those around you, including your clients, colleagues, friends, and family, will take to your energy and feed it.
Having a clear mindset could very well increase how much you’re able to achieve in a day. Improve your productivity by getting clear on what your priorities are and getting realistic about what you’re able to take on. Managing these expectations with yourself will allow you to better manage your workload, ensuring you get done what you need to, while leaving time for your life outside of work.
We hear a lot about the importance of work/life balance, but it can be tough to achieve as a real estate agent. After all, you generally work out of your home, car, and cell phone, so it’s difficult to “turn off” work when it’s time to focus on your personal life. When you have clearer focus while “on,” it’ll be easier for you to turn off, while still meeting your goals.
Change is inevitable. In order to move your business forward, you need to be willing to embrace change.
One way to think about this is to consider the difference between having a “growth” mindset and a “fixed” mindset. According to Harvard Business Review, “Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning.” People who tend to have fixed mindsets get stuck in their ways and tend to be change-averse. When you remain flexible, however, you open up windows of opportunity that might’ve otherwise been closed off.
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.” – Mark Victor Hansen
Keeping your eye on the ball will ensure you get where you want to go. Many people embark on a new year with little sense of direction. By setting goals for yourself, you’re giving yourself a vision for where you want to go, which sends you in the right direction towards your desired success. Start every year by setting your GCI goal. It’s a simple, easy step that can make all the difference. Second, believe in yourself and your own success. Then, work towards it and watch it come to fruition.
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie
Our final piece of advice is to work for a company you believe in. Choose a brokerage that shares your values – you’ll feel significantly more fulfilled at the end of every day. Remember why you joined your brokerage and why you feel accomplished every time you sell a home. These thoughts will contribute to a positive, balanced mind. Leverage the power of your mindset to propel your business forward and reach toward your goals.