Today's blog is not only geared to those who want to learn about what a Realtor does, but it's also a reminder to all Realtors and other entrepreneurs that their physical well being is as important as their bottom line.
A Realtor has to Work to Keep Healthy - When you make your own hours with your business, that does not mean that it is easy to keep yourself healthy because you can eat when and what you want, exercise when you want and get to bed at the same time every night. A Realtor's business is working with other people. They have to be flexible with their hours, to work around other's schedules. If you want to keep clients happy, you do what you can to meet them at their need--when they need it! In order to prepare for clients, they have continuing education they have to make time for, they have to keep up on the local market, and they have to keep planning ahead in their business as well. Anyone who is an entrepreneur needs to make a conscience effort to live a healthy lifestyle as much as they can. If you get sick, there is no one to work your "shift". It's all on you. So, the best thing to do is ward off illness is by eating well, exercising as much as you can and getting rest as much as possible. All of these good health ideas need to be put on a calendar just like any other appointment a Realtor has. Schedule your healthy lifestyle!
A Realtor has to Push Their Body to It's Limits - Even with all of the best efforts to schedule a healthy lifestyle, a Realtor will still need to push their bodies to the extreme at certain times. They will have to be out in bad weather showing and listing homes, some appointments and social events will keep them out late and they will be up early planning their day/week and month continually so that their business keeps moving forward. Sometimes they work in a continuous state of exhaustion, which can cause all kinds of problems with their immune system, not to mention all the people they may have contact with in a given day. Also, if they have a lot of events to attend, their diet may cause some health issues and the stress level at times can be hard on a person's body, too! This can lead to unhealthy ways to relieve stress as well, which can all take a tole on a Realtor's health. These issues aren't all just common with being a Realtor. They come with anyone who is focused on having a successful business, career and also having a personal life. You need to learn what your limits are and keep within them as much as you possibly can.
A Realtor has to Practice How to Rest - When you have a job that you love, it's hard to turn your brain off when you need to rest. You are constantly thinking about how you can better this part of your job, or what needs to change. It's also very easy to check your email, read that text or make that phone call when you sit for a minute, instead of just taking a moment to shut everything else out. Usually, you think of something else you can cram into that brief moment of quiet! Just like exercise and eating well, a Realtor (or any entrepreneur) needs to practice how to rest. They need to learn how to shut off their constantly going mind and to leave alone devices. Like anything else, this usually doesn't come easy, that is why you have to PRACTICE it. It may sound silly, because in general we all think "how hard can it be to just relax?" but for the self driven Realtor or entrepreneur, it's actually increases anxiety if they aren't doing something. So, the best way to face anxiety is to work at that thing that makes you anxious, until it doesn't. Practice.
I realize for the average person, discussing how a Realtor is with his/her body seems like it can't apply to them, but, if you want to be your best at something, you have to take care of yourself no matter what! How can you be good at anything, if you are too ill, malnourished or tired to function?! So, the true lesson here is this: Take care of yourself today and always. Then, you can take on whatever you want in this world!
Until Next Time!
Jen Lush--Associate Broker and Mother of Managing Broker Photo Credit: Anupam Mahapatra