Since September is Realtor Safety month , thought I would share one of the most valuable lessons, taught to me by my Mother when I was just a little girl.
When my brother and I were having our spats..My Mother had a rule... " STOP, and take a deep breath, Count to 3,,,,,, 1001,1002,1003 , before you open your mouth" This worked , if we did it... it was a long enough time to take moment and allow another thought....
When I was getting ready to take an important test in school,My Mother said " STOP, and take a deep breath, Count to 3, 1001,1002,1003 , before you answer" This allowed me to reread the options, and sometimes see that I had missed an important part of the question.
It helped me quit smoking cigarettes 10 yrs ago, as I heard her say ,, " STOP, and take a deep breath, Count to 3, 1001,1002,1003 , before you get a cigarette out and light it." Proud to say I kicked that habit , by practicing a few breaths at a time~!!
Now as a Realtor... I use her rule when showing a home....
*When I pull up to the property. Stop...Deep breath..count to 3 look around..
( Do I feel safe getting out?)
*Walking to the front door/or where I need to go to get to the lockbox, before getting key, Stop Deep breath count to 3.. Look around
( Are there people around that I wasn't expecting?)
*Opening the door. Announce 'REALTOR', Take a deep breath count to 3 before entering.. Listen.
( Did I hear or see anything that needed to be addressed )
Just using this one little rule my Mother taught me, helped me curb my tongue, taught me to not jump to conclusions, and learn about will power..
It also is helping keep me safe by reminding me to BE AWARE...
While she has been in Heaven for many years,,, I know she is looking down smiling every time I take a deep breath and count to 3, 1001,1002,1003.
What is your safety tip for September?