The Power of Being Still

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The Power of Being Still

There is no doubt we are in unprecedented times. For most of us, this creates a heightened degree of stress and uncertainty. Over a third of the country has been asked to stay home and our once booming economy has come screeching to a halt. When can any of us remember being told by the government not to go to work?

While this seems somewhat terrifying, we all know that it is for the greater good of all of us. So here we have it, we are being told to stay home and be still.

For many real estate agents, asking them to be still is like asking a shark to stop swimming. It's just not possible. For many of us, we thrive on staying busy and having a routine. The thought of being still is terrifying. But there is power in being still, power in slowing down, power in reconnecting with ourselves, and power in not doing anything.

Use this precious time we have been given to reflect and make new priorities, new tasks, new connections, and new to-do lists. If being busy is what you thrive on, then find tasks to do at home. If connecting is what you thrive on, then connect in a new way; perhaps by sending text messages, calling loved ones, or even by the traditional, good old-fashioned writing of letters, notes or cards. And if you just want to feel good, then do something good for others. Whether that is simply making a donation to your local hospital or paying for a first-responders coffee at your local coffee shop drive through, doing good always feels good.

Extra worry and panic have never served anyone well, and this is a time to dig deep and use your time wisely. With all of the frightening news that we are bombarded with every day, it is no wonder we are all chomping at the bit to get back to our regular schedules. Please trust that this will pass, and that we will all be back to our regular schedules soon.

Whether we want to believe it or not, this virus will affect each of us in a profound way. For some, it will remind us how important it is to slow down once in a while. Yet for others, it hits home the point about needing an emergency fund in the bank. No matter what lesson we each learn, we will all be better because of it. There is power in being still, you just have to allow it to happen.

  

By Denise Lones CSP, M.I.R.M., CDEI - The founding partner of The Lones Group, Denise Lones, brings nearly three decades of experience in the real estate industry. With agent/broker coaching, expertise in branding, lead generation, strategic marketing, business analysis, new home project planning, product development, Denise is nationally recognized as the source for all things real estate. With a passion for improvement, Denise has helped thousands of real estate agents, brokers, and managers build their business to unprecedented levels of success, while helping them maintain balance and quality of life.

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Rainmaker
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Ample maintenance projects to work on at home. I am not sure why gun ammo shop remains to be open. When there is a shut down I think people feel insecure stock up their ammunition.  When I went back I was happy to see a sign OUT OF AMMUNITION-closed. 

Mar 27, 2020 11:51 AM #1
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Denise. This is thoughtful and true. I do wish you would increase the font though so it was easier to read. Be well.

Mar 27, 2020 02:25 PM #2
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Denise- we do what we have to do, right?!  I spoke with a friend in Florida today who remarked that he is amazed when he hears that some people are bored and don't know what to do. He said Google something and learn about a new subject, read a book...there's a lot that can be done. 

And yes, perhaps many will learn from this. My niece's company learned that they were in many ways not prepared to have everyone work from home. Now, they'll be prepared. 

Mar 27, 2020 07:54 PM #3
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Denise Lones,

Excellent post and glad to see it featured. We will learn lessons and some more than others. We will be better because of the lessons and lead a better life. There is power in being still..pondering and learning more about ourselves.

Mar 28, 2020 06:15 PM #4
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I increased the size of my page or whatever it is you have to do to go to 110 rather than 100% so I am sharing the problem that Sheila Anderson has

Mar 29, 2020 04:20 AM #5
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

This is really an unprecedented time in our lives. To be forced to stay home - how novel! Being an introvert, this is easier for me - I think it's the extroverts who may be having more trouble adjusting.

Mar 30, 2020 06:20 AM #6
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

We may not be still, but we have slowed down a lot.  By slowing down, we are getting more time to observe.  We were out with our grandson hiking the other day.  He observes everything.  I need to be more like that.

Mar 30, 2020 06:23 PM #7
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Lorna Sherland
Success Power Broker - Newburgh, NY
Real Estate Broker serving Hudson Valley

Denise, such a timely post.  I was just having this convo with my mother and two other friends this evening. Time for connection to self and inner stillness.

Mar 30, 2020 07:09 PM #8
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Julie Cendejas
Keller Williams Realty - Boise, ID
Associate Broker

Great post - and I'm trying my best to embrace the time and make new habits and not get caught up in the need to be busy and hustling! So many other great options we can focus on! 

Mar 30, 2020 07:11 PM #9
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Considering the 'workaholic' that I am -- there is peace in this time of being quiet. God is my strength, peace, hope, patience -- Hr is Able. Thank you for the well-written and uplifting and encouraging post!  Bless You!

Mar 30, 2020 08:20 PM #10
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Unfortunately, the media continuously reports a stream of doom and gloom, yet, it's a temporary crisis not a permanent one. Our economy will eventually recover because it's a fact that our nation has always come back from disasters and this crisis will soon past, hopefully sooner than later.

It's going to take some time to get consumer confidence up enough so they become comfortable  to make large purchases or investments but I'm planning to take advantage of every opportunity with a plan of action to help as many people as I can. Meantime, don't be still for too long.

Mar 31, 2020 12:35 AM #11
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Theresa Akin
CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP - Corpus Christi, TX

Nothing has really changed for me other than just being told to "stay in place'. In our home we have gone on our  daily business as per usual. Stocking up is no different since we don't hoard. Morning check on emails and other messages from past present and potential future clients. I work out of my home most of the time. I of course don't meet new clients at home but at the office and that is on hold until the bans have let up. Still ok to be cautious. There is always something to do at home regarding real estate. refresher videos from your MLS. Reviewing rules and regulations from your local, state and our national associations. Most fun relaxing, grab your favorite daytime beverage, your puppy or kitten, curl up on the couch and catch that movie you never got to watch all the way through. If you have little ones still at home, well I don't have to tell you how to handle that. Try not to stress. I don't hoard but I don't run out of tp (?). Water system at home saves trips to the landfills. Learn how to utilize the tools in your toolbox. Oh and that might require a little back stock of bandaids. Make your owne hand sanitizer, 2pts. rubbing alcohol (91%+) and 1 pt aloe vera, mix well and fill up your containers. Breathe! 

Mar 31, 2020 03:13 AM #12
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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Being Still is not in our bloodline as realtors.  A new adjustment to the way we will handle this situation.  I will keep myself occupied with projests I have put on the backburner for a while.

Mar 31, 2020 07:18 AM #13
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Denise well said indeed and I love the peace and quiet of our neighborhood, the fewer flights since we live next to LAX as in Los Angeles International Airport... Diane is having a huge problem with it.... I am enjoying the stillness, never had it never will have it again so we might as well make the most of it, Endre

Apr 03, 2020 11:12 PM #14
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JoAnn Young
Young & Young Properties - Melbourne, FL
Florida Real Estate

I'm not a "sit still" person.  We've recently moved and I had an ongoing list of projects that need to be done.  We've been able to knock out many tasks.  As an added plus, we have a family member staying with us whom I've been able to help get their website up and running.  I've attended several webinars, learned how to use Instagram, finished my bookkeeping (behind from the move), cleaned up files and organized my computer and also do some blogging.  I am still listing and placing homes under contract!  (3 this past week!)  Staying busy is the key for me.

Apr 06, 2020 03:37 AM #15
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