If you’re anything like me, the idea that discipline equals freedom feels like a very foreign concept. In fact, up until three weeks ago I would have told you that the two have little to do with each other. Childhood taught us that discipline is what happens when we do something wrong and forever associated the concept with negativity. It’s time to break that mindset! The reality is that without proper discipline as a kid I would not be the person I am today. Let me show you how embracing discipline will bring freedom to your life and real estate business.
I was recently reminded of a Denzel Washington quote that states “Dreams without goals remain dreams.” How true is that! You can’t achieve your dreams if you don’t have goals and you will never reach your goals without discipline and consistency. They are the sticky mortar that holds your dreams together. It’s easy to dream about the future and get excited by the success you would like to have in your real estate business. Sadly, dreams are all those ideas will ever be. Don’t just start something out of excitement and give it up out of a lack of discipline. Be an uncommon agent and follow through with your ideas!
Whether we like it or not, discipline equals freedom because of the opportunities it creates. Money is such a great example of this. The more disciplined we are with our finances the more opportunities we have down the road. If I save my money now and sacrifice what I want to do in the moment I’m going to reap the benefit of financial freedom later. The same is true for your real estate business. If you are disciplined in what you need to do and when you have to do it your whole world will open up with different opportunities. You will be able to spend time doing what you want to do if you are focused on doing what needs to be done consistently.
Ok, I get that downplaying the role of motivation in your real estate success can be confusing. Let me ask you a question though: How often do you feel motivated? Seriously. How often do you allow motivation to determine your workflow and what would your business look like if your success wasn’t determined by whether you felt motivated or not? This is another key reason why discipline equals freedom. Discipline allows you to work hard long after the motivation to do so runs out. Imagine the amount of time you would save by being disciplined instead of trying to find things to keep you motivated. You can afford to let motivation run out, but you can’t afford to lose your discipline.
Have you ever fallen asleep on a long car trip? You doze off while Steve is driving and when you wake up he is sitting right next to you in the back seat. “Who’s driving this thing?!” Obviously someone is driving, but for that brief moment of terror and confusion you’re not sure if the next few moments will be your last. This example is silly, but it’s an unfortunate picture of the common real estate agent. You HAVE to know what’s driving your business! Whether that’s taking self-inventory, getting some kind of coaching, or both it is essential to know the factors contributing to your success. From there it’s time to step on the gas and stay consistent in doing the things that will propel your business forward. Just don’t fall asleep at the wheel!
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