Check yourself before you wreck yourself... and your business

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Fusion
Being a real estate agent (or self employed) means YOU are your business. It's important to check in with yourself several times per day to assess your current attitude, your energy levels and your motivation. The greatest assets you can own are your physical energy and a good attitude. If you're lacking energy and enthusiasm to see the day through, you're lacking the drive to successfully engage new/exisiting clients and close existing deals/projects.
Fact: the real estate market ebbs and flows. However, it's your emotions that have peaks and valleys. Depending on how you approach your day, one of two things can happen: you can shoot for the stars or you can drown yourself and your sorrows in the nearest bottle of *something* (insert poison of choice here).
Check yourself before you wreck yourself…and your business.
You must have a good attitude. It's essential. Don't let a poor mental attitude sabotage your full potential. If you decided you can't do it, fact is, you won't do it. You probably won't even try. With that type of attitude you'll miss 100% of everything and every opportunity. 
An attitude is a mental position, feeling or emotion towards a fact or state. It's time to fight bad attitudes and bad facts. Focus on the positive while letting go of the negative. Easier said than done. Can't break the bad attitude? Take a step back to observe and assess your current surroundings. Your immediate surroundings have great impact on your mental state or attitude. Your thoughts are seeds. Your mental state is the garden. Grow the good, weed out the bad.
Are you struggling to understand your attitude? An attitude is a by-product of your personal philosophy. What is your personal philosophy? Philosophy stems from what you believe about yourself. What you believe about your current environment (personal and professional). What you believe about your future. Once you better understand your personal philosophy, it can help you to better understand your attitude.
Make sure you take care of yourself. Eat well, exercise, relax and make time for yourself. If you physically feel good about yourself, that too will make a big difference in a very positive way. Remember: If you can't take care of yourself, you can't take care of your business.

Comments (35)

Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Susan, did this awesome attitude come from always being alphabetically last? lol I think you're right on with this blog. Thanks!

Mar 29, 2013 10:40 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's all on the owner but that can be a good thing :)


Love and light.


Mar 29, 2013 12:35 PM
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Attitude is so important. Remaining positive and calm is our job. Being positive and calm keeps our customers in the same frame of mind.

When my attitude goes south I stay away from the phone and email. I shut down and go have some fun. That usually works for me.




Mar 29, 2013 08:19 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Everything in life is about attitude! And I've found that the more positive you are, the more positive things happen. You make that "karma" happen for you.

Mar 29, 2013 10:09 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Very good message Susan.  Staying calm and positive on a daily basis is key in this business.  Congrats on the feature.                  

Mar 29, 2013 10:14 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Oh this is such a great post and congratulations on the feature.  I love the title of this post.  It is so easy to get into a foul mood in this business particularly because of the actions of others, but we have to keep ourselves in check too.

Mar 29, 2013 10:17 PM
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Well put Susan... congratulations on the feature and I know you are going to have a great day with your attitude...

Mar 29, 2013 10:29 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Your attitude is visible for all the world to see...including prospective clients. Right on target!

Mar 29, 2013 10:30 PM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Love this. .

"An attitude is a by-product of your personal philosophy." 

and of course . .your environment 

Mar 29, 2013 11:01 PM
Ron Tissier
Chapman Hall Premier Realtors (404) 580-9069 - Atlanta, GA
Defining Homes. Defining Lifestyles.

Thanks for this post Susan!  I tell myself everyday before my feet hit the floor that "today I choose to be positive".  Change your thoughts and you change your world!

Mar 29, 2013 11:28 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Susan, I agree! A positive mental attitude will make a big difference in any type of market. Thanks for the reminder.

Mar 29, 2013 11:51 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

LOVE IT! Except I just wrote a blog post referencing needing a drink! Better check myself!!!

Mar 30, 2013 12:04 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I would do even more than that. We check Quick Books daily. The why is that expenses are constant so your bottom line often goes down and that can be very motivating to check in daily to the ebb and flow of profit.

Mar 30, 2013 12:34 AM
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

Such a good reminder.  Thanks for posting!

Mar 30, 2013 03:43 AM
Susan Zwarych
Century 21 Fusion - Saskatoon, SK

@James - Absolutely. Thanks!

@Tonia - Thank you!

@Paula - Thanks!

@Eric - Haha maybe! Thanks!

@Bryant - That's a great philosophy.

@Nina - Definitely, your attitude will affect other peoples' attitude towards you.

@Charita - Thank you!

@Richard - I hope so! Thank you.

@Gary - Every day!

@Fernando - I think it's a great thing to remember.

@Ron - You're welcome!

@Michael - No matter what you're doing in your life. You're welcome!

@Kristen - It's okay to have a drink as well. ;)

@Joe - That seems like a lot of work.

@MaryKay - You're welcome!

@Iope - Nice spam, that bot of yours isn't very good at recognizing linking opportunities.

Mar 30, 2013 05:08 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Attitude is the spirit of the Soul. Great post

Mar 30, 2013 05:44 AM
Susan Zwarych
Century 21 Fusion - Saskatoon, SK

Thanks Laura!

Mar 30, 2013 05:51 AM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Haha! Love that you talked to the spam!

Mar 30, 2013 09:35 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It is essential, but sometimes I forget to take care of me.  I'm lucky to have a better half that always reminds me.

Mar 30, 2013 12:35 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Susan, I believe attitude one of the single most important characteristics any of us can have in life. Congratulations on the feature.

Apr 02, 2013 10:22 AM

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