It was a stressful day at work for her. A lot of crucial elements of her work all happening simultaneously, plus the normal length of her shift were compounded by written instructions that she followed but in doing so, frustrated someone else. The result of that was the person who thought they should have gotten a phone call didn’t because the instructions said no call was needed. She said she felt like a fizzy soda, where the bottle gets so shaken up that when you finally open it up, it tends to spray out uncontrollably. She ended up feeling like flat soda, which was good because she didn’t feel pressure anymore, but was also odd because it was such a complete shift from how she’d felt moments before.
Hearing about her day made me think of days we feel like that. Whether it’s as a Realtor® or a Loan Officer or a Home Inspector (and yes, the list can keep on going), we juggle a lot of things at once and the pressure builds up. If we’re not careful, or even if we’re just being human, it will blow or explode or spray all over someone, and it’s usually not what we intended to do. We’re left expended, deflated, which can be equally as challenging.
I think the message I got from listening to her today was to try to release the pressure as you go, as much as possible. Yes, it’s sometimes outside our ability to do that, but ask for help, be honest about your schedule with clients so you don’t extend yourself beyond your human capacity, seek a mentor, talk with your Broker. A fellow Realtor® friend of mine periodically invites a professional to lunch to talk about the business and to learn from that respected colleague. That’s a great opportunity to discuss the Fizzy Bottle moments.
Above all, be kind to yourself. Yes, do ask yourself how you can improve so the next time will be better, but never should on yourself. That only adds to the fizz in the bottle.