Manos Findikakis: that sounds like a good idea

Have you ever been to a real estate conference or been offered a snippet of advice and thought, ‘Hmm, that sounds like a good idea’?

The reality is, good ideas are everywhere, as is good advice in an industry where top performers and leaders are more than willing to share an insight into their approach and strategies for success.

But if we do not act on the idea or listen to the advice, it becomes irrelevant, which begs the question: what stands in your way of implementation?

How do we capitalise on the possible opportunities that ideas and advice provide?

The answer lies in eliminating blockages, and that starts by knowing what those blockages are in the first place.

We can all get in the way of our own success

Whether we postpone activity until tomorrow or overcomplicate the initial idea and simply make it too hard to embrace, we can all stand in the way of our own success by creating blockages that prevent us from taking action.

Some of these you might know that you’re prone to.

It might be that you have a tendency to procrastinate, overthink things or feel the need to run it by other people first before you take the leap.

Perhaps it’s that you add a whole host of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ to the equation and taking action begins to feel a bit too hard.

When you know the walls that you erect between an idea and activity, it becomes easier to break them down.

In the interim, here are some of my top tips to help you avoid those blockages and actually get stuff done.

Speed of execution

A good idea is not something you leave until tomorrow, next week, or next quarter. It’s not something for next year’s you to come back to.

If it’s a good idea that you see value in, get onto it. Now. Think fast, and just do.

Don’t overthink it

Overthinking things and weighing an endless list of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ will stop you from taking action.

As will the belief ideas and advice require a long-term commitment.

Instead of looking so far down the track that the activity seems insurmountable, try it for a day.

Implement it in increments. Act on the idea one day at a time, then review if it’s working or not.

Don’t seek second opinions

If you’re racing around seeking the opinions of others it has the potential to overcomplicate things and cloud your judgement.

Besides, wanting social approval is never a sound strategy when it comes to affecting change.

Instead, go with your own intuition. If you think an idea will work for you, back yourself, and use it.

Avoid the complex

If an idea is not simple to execute or explain, it’s not likely to work in your favour.

Keep it simple, break it down, avoid the complex, then implement the activity one day at a time and build it into your routine.

Build your own toolbox

Every real estate professional should have a toolbox of strategies at their fingertips, and this includes tools for moving ideas and advice from concepts into the implementation stage.

Whether it’s a script, dialogue, routine, or something visual, find the right tools and strategies that allow you to take action without putting up the walls that stand in your way of success.

That toolbox, in its simplest form, will be the key to getting ‘stuff’ done.

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Manos Findikakis

Manos Findikakis is the CEO of Agents'Agency, Australia's first multi-brand real estate network.