What I’m Grateful For: Quiet – Or, Very Long Car Rides Alone
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about quiet, likely because I’ve had so little of it lately. But what I have had an abundance of is long drives in the car, to some meeting or another, all alone. Often out of cell range. I have the usual tools for ‘getting the most out of every minute’ – Sirius Satellite Radio to get the news, Audible downloads with an assortment of useful books to listen to, Bluetooth for when I can take calls on the road. But I find myself more and more able to sink into total silence and contemplation. In the past, I needed a journal or a good friend to keep my focus, drafting notes or talking through a particularly complex conundrum, struggling to stay focused and not drift off to some other thought. Solitude was not conducive to thinking unless it included some paper, a good pen, and often a list of pros and cons. But now, maybe with age or practice or sheer stubbornness, I don’t know – but I can easily pick a topic that needs serious thought, at least as long as I’m in the car for a long haul. I don’t drift often, I can run through various scenarios and probabilities, and sort out factors that could affect outcomes, all without pen, paper or notes. And I don’t forget what I was thinking about very often either.
All my life, I have not really understood how such a thing could even be possible – I’ve always needed something external to record and sort my thoughts or else they would scatter like a flock of nervous birds every other minute. So this newfound focus seems like a magic trick, like a superpower that is so unexpected and useful it just fills me with delight. And also makes me laugh, because I can drive now for hours, completely content and busy inside my own mind, organizing and solving and planning and strategizing, and then I park my car, walk into my office, and begin execution. Such a delight, I swear it makes me laugh out loud – at my own silly, quirky, nerdy self.
What I’m Reading: I have been following a newsletter from a gentleman named James Clear, and I really like his writings. He does a weekly email that I am fond of, and this week was particularly good. Here’s an excerpt from his “3 Ideas from Me” for this week.
“Today might be the best chance you have to take action.
The longer you wait, the more deeply embedded you get in your current lifestyle.
Your habits solidify. Your beliefs harden. You get comfortable.
It will never be easy, but it may also never be easier than it is right now.”
Read more and follow him here.
Web Tip: So this is a two part tip. Part one of this tip is asking your clients for reviews. Most real estate agents are experiencing some down time right now – why not take this opportunity to contact the buyers and sellers you helped this past year? You can direct them to Facebook or even Google. That leads us to part two: you can copy these reviews and put them on your website, with a little extra insight about the experience you had and how your expertise helped them buy the home of their dreams, an investment property, or how you were able to sell their home quickly. The new and relevant content will be good for your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and improve your customer experience.
Quote I’m Pondering: “What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.” – Meister Eckhart