By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine
Do you often find yourself saying that the future, in the words of legendary New York Yankees manager Yogi Berra, ain’t what it used to be? Have you lowered your expectations of yourself and your business because of the economy, the government, or some other abstraction? Are you unwilling or afraid to take risks or explore new ways of doing things?
Individuals and organizations don’t have much to look forward to if they can’t break out of that mentality, said Doreen Lecheler of corporate consultancy VisionLinked. In an address this afternoon to a roomful of REALTORS® in a Leadership Express session at the Midyear Legislative Meetings , Lecheler explained how to identify this mindset:
- There’s plenty of talk about problems and roadblocks, but little about opportunities.
- Creativity and energy are lacking.
- There’s a lot of pushback toward any kind of change.
On the other hand, people and businesses that welcome new challenges thrive. While too much stress can be harmful, “Tension is good, because the creative subconscious kicks in to help solve problems,” she said.
If you find yourself or your organization stuck in a rut, here are four qualities you should actively cultivate to get back on your game:
- Awareness: Conscious awareness of subconscious thought. We limit ourselves by the way we think and talk.
- Insight: What’s really holding you back? What will it cost you if you don’t change?
- Vision: Define what you want.
- Alignment: Make sure your processes are in line with your goals.