Getting Out of Your Own Way

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In our quest for success we humans often get in our own way. We tell ourselves we can’t do something, we’re not good enough, or our idea just won’t work. Maybe we don’t make those cold calls, we just can’t get ourselves to say “no” or we continuously avoid asking for the sale. Regardless of how successful we may be, we all can get in our way. 

What do you avoid doing even though you know it’d help you? 


Comments (59)

Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Like a couple of others have mentioned, I tend to avoid the paper work for my taxes. I again, have filed for an extension.

Apr 13, 2014 12:50 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Sticking with my schedule ... being more disciplined with getting to bed and waking up early.

Apr 13, 2014 12:53 AM
Donna Brown
Making phone calls. I'd rather text or email and know that I'm not playing phone tag!
Apr 13, 2014 12:55 AM
Lori Mode
The Mode Real Estate Group - Elk Grove, CA
Real Estate Made Simple

I see myself in a lot of these comments.  It seems we all avoid things we know we should do...taxes, calling our past clients, door knocking.  I do all of these things, however, I have to consciously make myself and it's not easy sometimes.  However, except for doing the taxes the other 2 always get me more business!

Apr 13, 2014 01:02 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Reading through the comments, it's clear that I have succumbed to all of the issues!  At the root of all the issues is scheduling and prioritizing.  The busier I am, the more difficult the scheduling and prioritizing becomes!

Apr 13, 2014 01:13 AM
Emily Feagin
Making a business plan. Even though I know that i a plan would help me focus my efforts.
Apr 13, 2014 01:22 AM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

~ it is hard NOT to be in our way at times, but with that said, we need to do our best to make a clear path.... When we tie our shoes and when there's a clear path "nothing" can stop us...So, thanks for the thought, because the more we look at "getting out of our own way, the better off we're 

Apr 13, 2014 01:41 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Calling my client list.  I would rather deal with e-mails and news letters.  I do it, but probably not enough.

Apr 13, 2014 02:07 AM
Laurel Fulkerson
Only sending out cards, calendars, etc. to my past clients and sphere of influence once or twice a year. I send them calendars in December, and maybe something at Easter. I should be sending them something at least 5-6 times a year -- and also calling them more often. Also, I avoid making a business plan, even though I know it's important to do that.
Apr 13, 2014 02:31 AM
Tg Glazer - The Right Realtor® for the Right Results!
Coldwell Banker, Westfield, NJ - Cranford, NJ
Westfield/Cranford, NJ area
Definitely making those cold calls. I spend time prepping to call expired listings, and then half the time don't actually make the calls. I'm working on doing a better job of it.
Apr 13, 2014 06:07 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

I know that more marketing like postcards, door knocking and more social media exposure helps but we seem to get bogged down sometimes and do not have a monthly plan. Planning is a good way to stay on track.

Apr 13, 2014 06:11 AM
Stefanie Cohen, PA
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Boynton Beach, FL
"I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows"

I need to blog more often! I get caught up with my current deals and listings and I tend to put off my blog posts. 

Apr 13, 2014 06:38 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Right now I would have to say it is blogging. I have found that for the pst year I've been doing it in spurts and very sporadic spurts at that Consistency pays in blogging just like it does in almost everything else. I wish I knew what it would take to get me back to being a regular.

Apr 13, 2014 06:46 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Because I have two "problems" I'm going to post another comment. I am not good about following up with contacts by phone. problem.

Apr 13, 2014 06:47 AM
Jeanne Dufort
Coldwell Banker Lake Country - Madison, GA
Madison and Lake Oconee GA

I do not work my database as consistently as I could - I'm great at staying in touch with some people, but not with all.

Apr 13, 2014 09:38 AM
Mary Lou Skowronski
I choose to make blogging a priority - so why haven't I been consistent about it?
Apr 13, 2014 12:27 PM
Kristin Hunteman
True Title Company - Clayton, MO
Escrow Closing Officer

Cold calling. I hate it. I get all clammy and queasy just thinking about it, but I know when I get started, it will be ok. 

Apr 13, 2014 11:37 PM
Katherine Gooding, Google Trusted Independent Photographer & Katherine Gooding Photography - Seattle, WA
Get your business on the map!

Oh my yes, cold calling is the worst! Will do most anything to avoid it.

Apr 14, 2014 03:30 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

I know a great listing agent who has trouble asking for an offer when the time comes.  There seems to be something that stops some agents from knowing when it's time to close the deal.

Apr 16, 2014 02:50 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I do not work my past clients or sphere of influence as much as I should. Nor do I do it as consistently as I should. I know doing this would help my business, and need to work on it.

Apr 22, 2014 08:11 AM