Helping or Hurting? What Your Internal Dialogue Does For Your Business

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internal dialogueI had a conversation some months back with a real estate agent in Ohio (Geri Waterman) about internal dialogue and her prospecting/marketing efforts.   She had just completed a door-knocking crusade of a neighborhood of 350 homes and was proud – and rightly so – that she had made a multitude of new long-term contacts as well as securing 4 future listings.

She was initially uneasy about knocking on doors for the same reason most people are.  Rejection.  She didn’t want to be “that” person.  You know the one.  I told her it’s easy to not be “that” person…just be yourself.  ”That” person tends to be the scripted sort that is more worried about saying the “right” words than just being themselves and seeing if there’s a legitimate opportunity for business.

Now, I know there are many, many ways other than simple door knocking to meet new potential clients, but the question is this:  When faced with something you don’t want to do but is necessary to the foundation of your business, does your internal dialogue talk you in or out of doing this work?

We all have an internal dialogue…it’s that impulsive first inner voice that colors our attitude about a situation or affects how we initially perceive an action.  And it’s either positive or negative.

Your internal dialogue is both a determining factor of your self-esteem and a product of it.  One feeds into the other.  Think about this when you look at your own efforts with your own business.  Think about the work you don’t really want to do but know that it’s necessary for your success.  Does your internal dialogue talk you into or out of that behavior?  Your internal dialogue can cause you to behave as though you’re not capable of doing what you need to do…because that dialogue is telling you that you can’t rather than you can.

If you’ve never been aware of your internal dialogue before, take a moment to notice your initial reaction to requests and tasks at hand in your everyday life…whether work or life related.  If your reaction is negative, this is the result of a negative internal dialogue.  There’s usually a reason for it and if we sincerely look for that reason and deal with it, it becomes key in overcoming our confining fears and ultimately key in our discovering and maintaining success :)

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Rainmaker
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Kim Sellers
Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow

We can distroy ourselves so easily.  Good article on pushing outside of our comfort levels and moving toward success.

Mar 30, 2011 07:49 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Kim Dove
Watson Realty Corp - Jacksonville, FL
Realtor - Jacksonville FL

Mark great points. I am very guilty of allowing my "internal dialogue" to talk me out of many things. I guess that is why I have such a fear of door knocking.

Mar 30, 2011 07:49 AM #2
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

Mark - That has been my standard Modus Operandi.  Check out my recent post... A resume of a different kind.  Thanks for sharing... I hit the suggested button ;)

Mar 30, 2011 07:54 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Mark Boyd
MarQeteer - Lancaster, PA

Kim, Kim and Melinda - Thank you so much for your time and your input:)  I believe we all have some kind of negative internal dialogue to overcome and I'm constantly amazed and inspired by those who do.

Mar 30, 2011 08:06 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Laura Sargent
Carolina One Real Estate - Mount Pleasant, SC

Excellent point.  I talk myself out of things daily.  Wow, think how many times a year, I've cut myself down or out.  OUCH!

Mar 31, 2011 01:39 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Mark Boyd
MarQeteer - Lancaster, PA

Laura, thank you for stopping by  and for your thoughts:)  It's a constant battle for me, as well.  My divorce nearly destroyed my psyche.  It's amazing what our internal dialogue can do...most amazing is the impact of our positive internal dialogue:)   Have a wonderful day!

Apr 01, 2011 02:58 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Mark Boyd
MarQeteer - Lancaster, PA

Laura, thank you for stopping by  and for your thoughts:)  It's a constant battle for me, as well.  My divorce nearly destroyed my psyche.  It's amazing what our internal dialogue can do...most amazing is the impact of our positive internal dialogue:)   Have a wonderful day!

Apr 01, 2011 02:58 AM #7
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