I like this photo above for two reasons.
1) When in a river it is always a better idea to go with the flow than fighting the current.
2) Even going with the flow you have some control.
This past year has seen many changes in my life, getting remarried, moving to a new location some way from where I have lived and worked for many years.
I set myself some directions to work this year, some of that was based on the past, and some on directions being encouraged by leadership in my company, which was a lot of direct mail.
It is always good to take a moment to consider where you are going, even when flowing down the river. I realized for the past month, I have felt like I was going up river, not down. Everything felt like a struggle. I was feeling burnt out, and discouraged.
Some of that is very much due to this market, but a lot was due to how I was choosing to market myself this past year. I realized that the methods being proposed by my leadership, do not gel with me. They make me feel tired and discouraged. I was also not seeing any results from them and did not feel like I wanted to carry on using these methods.
As you know, I am used to walking and being present in the moment, in touch with me. I do not like being someone else and I was feeling that I was drifting away from who I am. I realized I needed to change the direction of my raft/canoe and start enjoying what I am doing again.
So, even as I am getting ready for double knee replacement surgery in September, I am moving back to blogging about real estate more, using questions I know clients have. I am going to use more video to answer these and to point out great places near and around me. I am moving away from the high levels of direct mail, whilst staying in touch with clients through email newsletters.
Just writing this down I feel energized, more than I have been for the last month. Thank you to all those in AR who are such an encouragement always with all your various posts on all sorts of subjects, I really appreciate you all.