If there's one thing, we can be confident of, it's that change is unavoidable.
In the last 24 months, we've learnt that lesson firsthand as we've negotiated changing business operations, a changing market, and changing social lives.
However, while change is unavoidable, it can rapidly make you feel as if you have no control over the situation.
So, no matter what's going on around you, here's how to stay focused and in control...
Start From The Very First Step
Re-centering yourself and coming back to basics is always the first port of call, regardless of when and why the landscape shifts.
And, without fail, a good old-fashioned to-do list is the first step.
This to-do list enables you to critically assess a scenario to determine what has to be done and in what order as part of a strategy.
Discuss your Personal And Business Finances In Detail
At all stages of the real estate journey, it's crucial to understand your personal and business finances, but it's more important during a period of change or transformation.
You'll be better positioned to make clear and confident decisions about where you're going next if you know your business's bottom line and incomings and outgoings.
Write Down Your Work Priorities
We talk about real estate a lot, but it's only one part of a full and joyful 'large life.'
If you need to focus on work because of a shift or a challenge, make a list of your priorities to figure out how much energy is required and exactly what must be done.
Sort these priorities into a priority list so you know which to tackle first. When you are clear about your job priorities, it is often easier to relax and enjoy other aspects of your life.
Care For Yourself
Remember when you were flying, and an in-flight announcement told you to put on your oxygen mask first before aiding anyone else?
It holds true in real estate, business, and, in many situations, personal life.
We must be in a good personal position to manage change, or indeed any obstacle in life.
This requires attending to the 'small' things that are typically overlooked first, such as personal fitness, health, and wellbeing, or simply spending time simply 'being'.
In the end, you are of no value to anyone if you do not take care of yourself, therefore make it a priority in both good and bad times.
Appreciate What You Do Have
One of the biggest pitfalls of real estate is that we're always looking for the next listing or sale.
That can come at the expense of appreciating what we have or acknowledging our accomplishments.
I encourage members of our network to look back and reflect on their accomplishments at the end of each year.
Why? Because success leaves a trail of clues, as well as the self-assurance, confidence, and resilience needed to recover and face whatever comes next.
I strongly advise you to reflect on your personal and professional accomplishments if you haven't already done so.
Our industry is one of shifting goalposts, but with the correct mindset, support, and personal introspection, it can provide great success and personal happiness, regardless of the inevitable changes we face.