Rain Silverhawk came up with a great blog and I am proud to share it with you all.
In times of crises people are glued to the news reports, they are refreshing the pages on their phones and computers. It’s a world that is hitting the "oh my god button" every 2 minutes and feeding the anxiety. You can find out just as much once a day as you can a thousand times and be a lot less stressed over it.
In Chaos there is opportunity to grow, to learn to change your mindset to deal with fear, anxiety and stress in the face of real life events. The corona virus has created unease, fear and anxiety we are seeing world wide interruptions with travel bans and quarantines. When all that is going on we must assess our own center, our own habits, our own mindset. In any situation you can inject good energy or bad. We have a choice to join in fear and help grow chaos or we can be even tempered, compassion, level headed.
Quite frankly I give a moment of pause every year. I think about all the really bad things I have survived in my life and hope it isn’t something like flu bug that takes me out. Yes I said every year, because according to the CDC Every flu season there are between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year. That is huge and scary and part of our everyday lives and something you have already conquered year after year.
The only thing that can spread even faster than a virus is fear. It is serious and the first and foremost is to take precautions that we should all be practicing every day. Our mothers tried very hard to instill these things in all of us from the time we started walking. Washing your hands and use sanitizer, covering your mouth when you cough, take your vitamins, get a good night’s sleep, stay at home aren't feeling well, don't touch your face, change your clothes when you get home. Moms are wise aren’t they? If you are out showing houses don’t take clients in your car, do video tours and video conferencing when you can, sign contract electronically. I'm a hugger and I have consciously make myself practice social distancing. If these aren’t your normal habits then it is a good time to start.
One of the biggest fear comments I am hearing from agents is that "I can't sell houses I won’t be able to support my family this year." That is absolutely ridiculous. While you might have had a client’s flight get cancelled or someone tell you they wanted to wait a couple of weeks while this works its course, these aren’t the end of the world. Right now is the perfect opportunity for you to be connecting with your people and giving to them. One of the biggest downfalls to any real estate career is when re fail to connect and reconnect with our clients. I had an agent tell me today that they were embarrassed to call this client because they hadn’t talked to them in 3 years. SO what better time to call and ask about their needs instead of your business.
As a real estate agent we are at the center of a huge web of networking that we develop and nurture every day. We not only connect houses to people, we also connect people to solutions. If you still have a computer and a phone then you can make a difference to your clients, neighbors, friends and colleagues. Pick up the phone, write an email go to facebook and next door to Identify their needs and connect those people who are willing and able to help out. I just called over 900 people in North Idaho to find out how they are doing and to find out if they need anything. Does someone need groceries, prescriptions mail ect picked up. Are the kids out of school and day care closed. I just set up 3 guys who can’t work their regular jobs go install fencing on a 10 acre parcel. There are some real world ripples that you can help solve.
It’s time to help one another, call your associates and find out their needs. Is there a high risk agent in your office that needs help. Perhaps they need someone to take a walk through video, install a lock box or meet with clients.
Think of all the things that has happened in your life that you survived. natural disasters, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, tornados. Personal trials of divorces, job loss, loss of a family member. Epidemics like swine flu, mers sars. Economic recessions, loss of stocks. Of all these things, no amount of worry and fret stopped it from happening. Being paralyzed with fear will not get you through this but a positive attitude a change of habits and helping your fellow man will. Do what you need to do to make you and your family safe and the rest will fall into place.
Today may be different than it was, but you have a choice on how you are going to react to it and deal with it.
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