Five Steps to KO Problems Before They Overwhelm You

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Ali KnockoutIf you think about the steps in buying or selling Real Estate it is like a sequence of solving problems along the way. As in life if you don't solve the problems when they are in front of you, nipping things in the bud, the accumulated problems can overwhelm you. Here are some thoughts for


1) Develop a Plan. Putting something on paper crystallizes your strategy and you can refer back to it like a roadmap.

2) Focus. Prioritize your problems. Work on the most important ones first.

3) Baby steps. You eat an elephant one bite at a time. Fix the pieces before solving the whole problem.

4) Allocate time. It ALWAYS takes longer than you think. Keep throwing time at your problem.

5) Harness Resources. Believe it or not you are not the all knowing, all powerful Wizard of Oz. Talk to other people. Talk to experts. Listen to advice, but you make the call. Money is a resource, yours or other people's money. Energy is a resource, you only have so much, leverage others energy.

Finally be aware of the other category of problems. The ones that deliver a knockout punch to YOU. These are the unsolvable problems. The puzzles without the answers. 2+2=4 works only in the math world. In real life we have shades of gray. Incurable illnesses. Relationship breakups. Financial devastation. Handle these not with steps but with acceptance, serenity, meditation, talking with others, and prayer. With these you have to wait for the next door to open to a brighter future, and remember this too shall pass. Rainbows follow storms.

Good luck with knocking down any problems you encounter. Remember, you're the GREATEST. You're the CHAMP!!

Comments (27)

Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island

GARY - Sometimes we tend to get overwhelmed.  I heard the elephant story a few years ago, and it has stuck with me.  Of course, your reminders always help as well.

Jul 16, 2008 06:03 AM
Thomas Hargreaves
TriStar Financial Services - Eugene, OR

Great Blog,  If everyone stuck to those five steps there would be many more successful people in our business and less "just making it"   What you say is so true.  People do not plan to fail, they just fail to plan.  I put everything I do in my business in writing, that way I know it is going to get done, and I have a clear concise plan to accomplish those items.  Planning could not be more important in our field.

Jul 16, 2008 07:31 AM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

Gary - Also, we must remember to be prepared for the unexpected!

Jul 16, 2008 08:37 AM
Jan Wood
None - Gallatin, TN

Boy, Gary, you sure are burning the mid-night oil with all your posts.  I can't keep up with you.  If I overlook a few, please forgive. 

With that said, you are doing a phenominal job.  I plan of action is always good, no matter what the problem.  Prayer seems to help me more than anything with the big ones.  Thanks for a great post.

Jul 16, 2008 08:46 AM
Angela Lucaj
Amerigo Realty - Canton, MI

Yes, yes, yes!  You took the words out of my mouth, well, more eloquently.   In terms of real estate and making buyers happy, anticipate their problems.  That's where our experience comes in.  I hate to see clients upset about a house they lost because they didn't take my advice!!

Jul 16, 2008 09:28 AM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Gary--I like the statement about "eating the elephant". A real estate purchase should be handled one step at a time and everything falls into place! :)

Jul 16, 2008 10:11 AM
Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

Hi Gary!  My favorite part of you blog is the last part.  I'm very good about doing the first steps.....I am not so good at doing the other things......I have to contantly remind myself......"Be still and know that I am God"  Now that's hard.....

I see you have more people lined up to buy your book! 

Jul 16, 2008 10:27 AM
Dan Woodworth
The Connection - Garden City, ID
Encouraging Communicator

Hi Gary,    Thank You for your inspiring insight!  An Awesome Work of Art!  Again and again!  I always remember and tell people that "If You Don't Deal with Your Problems, Your Problems Will Deal With You!"  There is an intrinsic responsibility given to every person.  We all must take authority over our thoughts and actions if we are to rule and rein as Champs!

Jul 16, 2008 11:53 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Laura: So many contracts fall apart. You have to stay on top of it and do the best you can.

Jim: Thank you too. Hope your week is a good one!!!

Amanda: I tweaked it a bit to make it look fresh. I'm glad you liked the look. I appreciate your compliment.

Kevin: You and Pam Pugmire want me to get started on that book. I'll have to put your names in the credit for it in the front :) Who knows? Maybe it is in the works.

William: If we are alive, we will have the bumps.

Cynthia: Right you are, like a small series of victories.

Sally: We all keep trying out here.

Adam: The smaller pieces do indeed help us from getting overwhelmed.

Thomas: Planning is essential, and also writing it down. Some say they have a plan but it is in there head. Writing it down takes it to the next level.

Carol: Being defensive and trying to look out of the unexpected is very advanced thinking. This is something I don't do near enough. Thinking always, what can go wrong?

Jan: I just write these things as they pop in my head and you can scroll through the titles on the right side with that widget thing. I am a big believer in prayer too on the big things.

Angela: Head those problems off at the pass. Excellent skill to have in the area of anticipation.

Teri: Inch by inch it is a cinch.

Pam: You're the greatest Pam. My wife was nudging me about that book. I like that verse from Psalms 46:10 too. One of my favorites.

Dan: I like the Mohammed Ali knockout out photo too. Illustrates punching out our problems. We can't run from them for sure. Thanks for your encouragement as always.

Jul 16, 2008 01:03 PM
Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

Gary~ Your wife is smart!  You should listen to her!

Jul 16, 2008 06:59 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Pam: Am I on a deadline? : ) If my wife says to write a book along with you and the rest, I best get started.

Jul 17, 2008 12:14 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for some great tips. I am sure I can use  some of them.

Jul 17, 2008 12:16 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Gita: Just some basic ideas there to not let our problems get out of control in our life. Hope a few of them make sense for you.

Jul 17, 2008 12:30 AM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


A very timely post, clear and to the point.

Don R.

Jul 17, 2008 12:44 AM
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., ABR, GRI, SRES - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

Great reminders Gary.  It is easy to become overwhelmed in life and instead of trying to take care of everything at once, it's important to break it down into manageable pieces like you said in your post.  Most importantly, we must have hope and without that, we won't push through hard times.

Jul 17, 2008 03:36 AM
Steve Homer
The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate) - Round Rock, TX

Gary:  There are sooo many problems that we have to knock out these days, in business and personal life.  Thanks for posting a no-nonsense approach to help us!

Jul 23, 2008 12:22 AM
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

I was always a big fan of step-by-step solutions to problems.  Pick a problem apart...and figure out what steps need to be taken to achieve your goal.  Then complete those steps.  Before you know it, problem solved. 

Jul 23, 2008 12:25 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Don: Thanks, glad it made sense. Sometimes I wonder about myself : )

Patricia: Little pieces I can handle, and hope gives you the energy to move forward.

Steve: We have to work those problems all around us one step at a time, and prioritizing them.

Clint: We can deconstruct the steps for solving the problem you are right. Then set a plan into action.

Jul 23, 2008 12:37 AM
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Gary -- Its the same thing for setting goals and achieving them.  Break it down into smaller parts...then complete the parts.

Jul 23, 2008 12:40 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Clint: That is so true with goals. Most goals are not completed in a day but over time with the stepping stones to get there.

Jul 23, 2008 12:52 AM