Raising The Bar By Doing Hard Things! 5 Hard Things You Can Do To Improve Your Business And Your Life!

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Real Estate Agent with Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio

Raising The Bar By Doing Hard Things! 5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Business And Your Life!

Raising The Bar By Doing Hard Things! 5 Hard Things You Can Do To Improve Your Business And Your Life!

Have you ever had a full circle moment? A moment that tied choices that are weighing on your mind and provided you the answers needed to make a hard decision. I have been evaluating my real estate business direction recently in an attempt to build a business plan for my lasting future as a REALTOR©. In coming off my best year ever in 2009 I hesitate in making changes, but realize that in these tough economic times you must adapt to survive and never fear change.

My full circle moment was yesterday during our church worship service. For the past fifteen years since I accepted Jesus as my savior I have prayed for guidance with all major decision in my life. My business decisions are no different, I ask for guidance through prayer. This afternoon my prayers were answered through a very unique message, brought to us by the youth of our church. This message was on 'Raising The Bar By Doing Hard Things' and was based on the book Do Hard Things by twin brothers Alex and Brett Harris. This book was written for teens and challenges them to rebel against the status quo and exceed expectations that limit them. We can learn a lot form the main points of this book that can be applied to our real estate business and our lives.

I learned 5 hard things that I plan to do to improve my real estate business and life, I thought I would share them with you. Maybe we can all grow together.

1. Do things that are outside your comfort zone.

2. Do more than is expected or required of you.

3. Do things that are too big to accomplish on your own.

4. Do things that have no immediate 'payoff'.

5. Do things that challenge the norm. Think outside the box.

 

May you be inspired to Do Hard Things!

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Total Edge Team

Cindy Cranston

Representing Home Buyers, and Sellers.

Specializing in San Antonio, La Vernia, Floresville real estate.

Keller Williams Heritage -  Agent

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Cindy Cranston and Faye Taylor are the Total Edge Team Realtors® with Keller Williams Realty Heritage living and doing business in the South Texas, San Antonio, Floresville and La Vernia, Texas market. They represents both homeowners and home buyers in these market areas.They specialize in military family and distressed properties. They enjoy the great rewards gained by helping our military heroes and their families buy or sell their home, and assisting distressed homeowners to sell their home and avoid foreclosure.

Cindy has been involved with the  United States military her entire life; First as a proud military brat while her father served, then as a Medical Technician in the Air Force, and for the past 14 years as a military wife to her career military husband.

Cindy~ 'Having been around the military my whole life gives me a unique perspective on the challenges that face a military family. I am uniquely qualified to understand this situation from all angles, and enjoy helping relieve some of the burdens caused by your military PCS.'

Faye has earned a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation from the National Association of Realtors®. The CDPE designation makes her uniquely qualified to assist homeowners who risk losing their homes. She works diligently with loan mitigation, asset managers and the homeowner to find an alternative to foreclosure.

Faye~ 'Working with homeowners and families to help them avoid a bank foreclosure is truly rewarding. The prospect of foreclosure can be financially and emotionally devastating, it's important to understand your options. CDPE has equipped me to help homeowners navigate this process and guide them to their best course of action.'

Comments (19)

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

These points look like they will lead to success..   In this challening market, may we all be inspired to do hard things..

Jan 31, 2010 03:11 PM
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

Joan,

May the hard things you do lead to success in 2010.

Jan 31, 2010 03:16 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Cindy,

Something I am completely missing here. If this was your stellar year, why would you do these strange things?

When we are choking because there is little business, we need to do something we did not do before, as our before was not good.

But if your before works fine, why get out of your comfort zone, do things that are too big, and other challenging things.

These things are done to change the status quo. Are you unhappy with the best year in your career?

Jan 31, 2010 03:45 PM
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX
Jon, Great question! While I would like 2010 to be a bigger year than 2009 the decisions I have been debating involve going out on my own verses staying with my current brokerage. Would I be better off to stay put or am I only doing so because of fear of the unknown? This is how the message helped me. But I do feel it is universal in helping if you are struggling in your business as well!
Jan 31, 2010 04:09 PM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks for sharing - sounds like some great ideas for me --- Have a great day and good luck to you!

Jan 31, 2010 10:43 PM
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX
Norma, Thanks for commenting! Hope you have an awesome 2010!
Feb 01, 2010 12:28 AM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Cindy...I agree...no matter how well you are doing always be looking for ways to get better!

Feb 01, 2010 12:33 AM
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX
Rob, That was the point of the message! We can always raise the bar. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Feb 01, 2010 12:38 AM
Jami Asanovich
Smart Concept Realty, LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
Doing the right thing, every time!

Great advise Cindy! You are so right about continuing to do more EVEN when you have had a stellar year...keep on pushing!

Feb 01, 2010 06:07 AM
Scott Guay
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Ocean Pines, MD
Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD

Doing the hard things you mention are great.  I have always said "Doing the Right Thing" will always come back to you several times over.

Feb 01, 2010 06:12 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Wow, I'm gonna get that book for my 18 yr. old who too easy is satisfied w/ status quo !

Feb 01, 2010 06:15 AM
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

Jami,

Thanks for commenting! It has been my philosophy that when I reach a goal it is time to set a new goal. We can always strive to do better. Hope you have an awesome year.

Feb 01, 2010 06:36 AM
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

Scott,

Great observation! Often the 'hard thing' is also the 'right thing'. Thanks for contributing. 

Feb 01, 2010 06:37 AM
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

Michael,

More of our young people need to be reading books like this, instead of books about a family of vegetarian vampires. LOL. Maybe realistically I should say in addition to the 'Vampire' books. Thanks for commenting.

Feb 01, 2010 06:40 AM
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Thanks Cindy...I think these are all good things to do anytime regardless of the state of the market. Sometimes it seems life has to shake us up a little to get us to pay attention. Wishing you the best...

Feb 01, 2010 09:49 AM
Walter Grewe III
Long and Foster Realtors - Roanoke, VA
Realtor, SFR, A-REO, Roanoke Homes and Real Estate

Cindy,

Thanks for the informative post. I always learn from other AR members.

Feb 02, 2010 01:58 AM
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

John,

When we are shaken-up we often come out stronger. Wishing you the best as well.

Feb 02, 2010 02:39 AM
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

Walter,

Thanks for commenting!

Feb 02, 2010 02:39 AM