Let's face it. Slumps in the real estate gig are inevitable. When business is going so well sometimes I find myself asking when it is going to come to an end. It happens to the best of us and it doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with you or what you are doing. It just means that you have to hit the reset button and follow a few simple steps to get back on track. Remember, this isn't baseball. You can't come up with some magical mascot to break the slump. There is real work involved. Here is what works for me;
- Stop asking yourself, "Why Me?," and stressing out over it. Do not over think your situation. Instead, accept it for what it is and keep on trucking. A wise man once said not to sweat the small stuff. If it's not life changing or starting a world war, it's probably small stuff. Don't worry about the stuff you can't control. You feel better by clearing your mind of the worry clutter.
- Stick to your regular routine whether it be at work or in the gym. No sense in miring in the mud. It's not that you are doing anything wrong, like a batter who may need a hitting instructor. You already know how to do that. Think outside of the box and try something new. Perhaps you have always had success with postcard mailers and now, not so much. Try giving more of your time to social media instead. Or, get into some serious grass roots marketing the way some of these start up businesses do it. That means actually talking to people face to face at different functions or events.
- Stop beating yourself up and laying around the couch. It's not your fault. Focus on what you are doing and stick with it while staying positive. Never allow negativity to creep in. Become a gym rat and take out all of the negativity and bad vibes out on the weights.
- Don't worry so much about not reaching your goals. People are always hitting on keeping a list of goals. What happens when you don't reach them? Depression probably. Focus on the here and now and the goals will come. You have to start somewhere to reach the top.
- Read a good book and try to feed off of their inspiration. One of my favorites is "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. Once you read a remarkable story like this you realize that you have it good.
- This one is easy. Just take a break and go somewhere nice on vacation. It's like hitting the reset button. You would be surprised at how well you feel when you come back.
- Do not allow negativity to consume you. Wipe your thoughts free from them and those around you who do. Go somewhere alone with your thoughts and thank God for every day that you are here on this earth a healthy human being.