CHECK YOUR BAGGAGE
So many of us love to travel but the only way to get to the beautiful and exotic islands that we venture to for much needed and well-deserved R&R, we have to fly. Some of us are afraid to fly while some of us fly so often that we have frequent flyer miles. No matter which category you fall into, the process is still the same. You have to go to the airport, you have to check in for your flight, you have to show your ID or passport, you have to go through security and if you have luggage that exceeds the carry-on standards, you have to check your baggage!
There are some items that you can bring on the aircraft with you but there are also some restrictions. If you're doing a quick weekend getaway to Miami, you may be able to throw a couple of swimsuits and a few cute dresses into a bag and call it a day! Traveling for 2 weeks to Hawaii will require a heavier load that you will need to pack for, but the destination makes it all worthwhile. You see, when your load is too heavy, you can't just dash in and out of the airport at will. When you pack your luggage, you have to make some decisions because everything can't come with you. You may have 3 pairs of jeans that you love to wear all the time but they all can't fit into your suitcase, so you have to choose one and make it work. Sometimes you have to do a lot of walking when you reach your destination so you have to pack your chunky sneakers instead of your sexy stilettos. What if you're traveling from a warm climate to a cool climate? You'll have to trade in your flip flops for your UGG boots (maybe some Timberlands for the fellas). Whatever you decide to pack, when your bag goes onto the plane, it will be waiting for you on the other side...
What baggage do you need to check within your real estate career? You can't always expect to "carry on" your success as you travel through this business. Some deals will fall in your lap - that's a carry on. Your friends and family may refer clients to you - that's a carry on. You can double-end your own listing - that's a carry on. But the long term, sustained success in real estate requires you to check your baggage. Cold-calling leads for 6 months without securing a listing - that's baggage. Door-knocking a community for the entire Summer and seeing for sale signs from other agents during the Fall - that's baggage. Bringing Realtors to recruiting events then reading their announcement on Facebook that they've joined another company - that's baggage. Check all of it!!! Pay the fee that is required to check the baggage and carry it to your destination.
We all have baggage in this business, it just comes with the territory. The most successful Realtors understand that real estate is a marathon, not a sprint. You have to train long and hard; you have to hydrate your stamina with reading material that will elevate your thinking. Pack your bag with all of the tools and resources you'll need to use when you land on the other side from where you are to where you want to go, then check your baggage: TRANSLATION - trust the process! Remember, you have to depart from your current measure of success in order to reach the next level, AKA your destination. So...
Pack your luggage (i.e. training, developing, coaching, etc.),
Check your baggage (self-doubt, lack of confidence, negative thinking) and
Arrive at your destination (more deals closed, higher quality clients, $$$ in the bank)
Sherese Renee Seevers
Director of Operations