Coaching Corner: Inspiration is an inside job!

By “Coach” Marilou Butcher Roth

What inspires you? You know…the type of inspiration that propels you into action. How do you find yourself in such a great feeling place that you dispel any old internal beliefs of inadequacy? Think of a time (or times) where you have felt this way. Why? What happened that generated this feeling?

There are countless great speakers, books, workshops, etc. that can get us totally jazzed. And, we love them! Until we forget about their poignant message that touched a deep part of us. And then, we tend to slowly go back into our old habits. We sometimes can rely too heavily on something from outside of ourselves as our motivation. The reality is that true inspiration comes from within us. That’s not to say that the outside speakers, books or workshops are not helpful — they can be amazing! However, if you do not take the message and keep the attention there, you will find it diminishing over time. Attention is a marvelous tool if used to your advantage.

So let’s say, as an example, you come to Cleveland in September for the Ohio Association of REALTORS Annual Convention (hint, hint), and hear speakers that engage and excite you (which they will). You go back to your office at the end of the week, implementing new ideas, and you feel great — inspired actually. This continues for a bit of time and then, something happens with a deal that is somewhat frustrating or discouraging (which it can). You shift all of your newfound excitement and attention to “fixing” the problem with the deal.

OK, this is normal. This problem comes in when you do not shift back to putting your attention on what had excited you. You may find that you are going back and forth between the “excitement” and the “fixing,” until over time, the “excitement” attention has become smaller and smaller and you find yourself spending the majority of your time and attention focused on what you don’t like as opposed to what you do like. Does this feel at all familiar? It happens so easily.

So, this week, put your attention on what delights and inspires you. Find something to read, watch or listen to that ignites that flame for you. Or, go back to something you had previously been participating in that brought you joy and success. Regardless of whatever else is happening, you need to practice the art of self-inspiration. Your job is to seek out those experiences that bring you delight, which makes YOU the source of your inspiration. Once you get the hang of this one, watch out for the magic! Find your magic!

 

Marilou Butcher Roth is the owner of The MBR Group, a coaching and training company working primarily with REALTORS who have a desire to work and live from a more inspired place. She is also the Broker/Owner of Group REALTORS in Cincinnati.

Marilou is a member of the OAR Board of Directors and past chairman of the organization’s Communications Committee. Feel free to contact Marilou to see if coaching is right for you: Marilou@mbr-group.com

 

Tags: Coaching Corner, training

Arriving soon!

2016 OARCover_SummerFall

The Summer-Fall issue of the Ohio REALTOR magazine will be arriving in your mailbox soon. This issue explores the newest legal pitfalls REALTORS face. Additionally, this issue features:

  • Findings of a study that examines the experience of licensees at various stages of the their career;
  • Ohio is moving forward on a plan to modernize the delivery of pre-license real estate education;
  • Tips to help you work smart, stay safe;
  • Insights on how you can ENGAGE…IGNITE…& AMPLIFY your real estate practice;
  • And details on all the excitement of the upcoming OAR Annual Convention & Expo in Cleveland!

Tags: Association news

Record number of homes put under contract in June, Ohio REALTORS report

By Carl Horst, OAR Director of Publications/Media Relations

The Ohio Association of REALTORS reports the number of single-family homes and condominiums put under agreement in June 2016 reached a best-ever level for the month, increasing 3.3 percent from the level posted during the month a year ago.

Ohio’s June Pending Home Sales Index of 160.5, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 3.3 percent from June 2015 (155.3). Activity in June nearly matched the pace of agreements reached in May 2016 (161.4).

The pending sale index posted during the second quarter 2016 (161.2) reached a best-ever for the three month period (since OAR began collecting data in 2008), increasing 4.8 percent from the level posted in second quarter 2015 (153.7). Activity in the second quarter bests the level posted in first quarter 2016 (154.1) by 4.6 percent.

“The Ohio housing marketplace is continuing to exhibit tremendous strength, as the number of homes put under contract in June reached an all-time high for the month and marks our 26th consecutive monthly year-over-year gain,” said OAR President Sara Calo. “The industry remains hopeful that we’ll see an uptick in the number of homes being marketed for sale so that the marketplace will be able to maintain the positive level of sales activity as we move forward.”

Compared to 2008, a historically healthy market that marked the end of five consecutive record years for existing home sales and the onset of the recession, June’s Index score of 160.5 marks a 60.5 increase.

A pending sale or a sale “under agreement” is when the buyer and seller agree on terms of the sale of a home and have a signed purchase and sale agreement, but have yet to close and be recorded as such.

OAR, the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 29,000 members, is the only organization that compiles this state wide information from selected Multiple Listing Services each month. The tracking of “pending sales” provides reliable information about where the market is heading in coming months.

Tags: pending home sales, research

NAR’s Window to the Law: Video and audio surveillance issues

The National Association of REALTORS explores the legal considerations for real estate professionals when surveillance devices are present on a property. Click here to access the various state laws for both video and audio recording.

Tags: legal

Coaching Corner: Should you?

By “Coach” Marilou Butcher Roth

Discussing “shoulds” is one of my favorite topics. It is very impactful in our lives, and everyone “shoulds” at some point! If you follow my Coaching Corner posts, this concept will not be unfamiliar to you, and today we are going to take it a step further. How often do you find yourself “shoulding” on yourself or someone else? I should, he should, she should, they should…or shouldn’t! Yep, its everywhere! Years ago, I was attending a workshop in Scotland and one of the other participants had a tape (dating myself now) with a song entitled “Don’t Should On Me And I Won’t Should On You!” I think that pretty much says it all.

Today I want to present three statements for you to use whenever you hit a “should.” This might be a work should, a relationship should or even a societal should. Look at all of the opportunities for a should happening in the political environment right now. However, just focus your attention on yourself for this exercise. Let’s say, as an example,  you have a should around finding new business — this could be the direction or the amount of time, calls, etc. You tell yourself “I should” do something. That’s your clue to pull out the following fill-in-the-blank statements:

  1. I should____________________________________________________________________.
  1. I should do this because  _________________________________________________________.
  1. What I really want in this situation is_________________________________________________.

I have shortened the lines for simplicity sake but you can certainly expand as much as you need to. The intention is to determine if your “should” matches your “want.” When we operate from only a should basis, we sometimes miss the mark of what would make us happy, and sadly, asking ourselves what we want may not come into play very often.

This week, pay attention to your own shoulds and take just a few minutes to unwind and get to your truest desire!

I think you should!! :)

 

Marilou Butcher Roth is the owner of The MBR Group, a coaching and training company working primarily with REALTORS who have a desire to work and live from a more inspired place. She is also the Broker/Owner of Group REALTORS in Cincinnati.

Marilou is a member of the OAR Board of Directors and past chairman of the organization’s Communications Committee. Feel free to contact Marilou to see if coaching is right for you: Marilou@mbr-group.com

 

Tags: Coaching Corner, training

View More Articles »