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Maintaining a positive frame of mind has been linked through numerous studies to a mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy lifestyle. On a related note, the most successful people in any given industry are often the ones who are able to keep a positive outlook. Being a real estate professional is tough, that much we can all agree on. In this industry, it is easy to feel over-extended, burned out, or pessimistic. For real estate professionals, it is therefore doubly important to be intentional about crafting an optimistic mindset.

Take a Deep Breath
Day to day life as a real estate professional can be fast-paced, intense, and stressful. In times of stress, many of us try to compensate by working even harder or putting in even more hours. While a strong work ethic is outstanding, it is important to remember to allow yourself time to step away from the grind. Many unwittingly wear their minds down day by day, never giving themselves a chance to recover. If you find your head is swimming and your heart is pounding, your teeth are grinding and your stress is through the roof, allow yourself to pause and take a deep breath. After a short rest, you will be able to take on anything in your way with a reinvigorated gusto.

Eliminate Negative Self Talk
“You can’t do it,” your inner voice tells you. “This isn’t going well,” or “You always screw up,” To some degree or another, everyone on the planet deals with pervasive negative self-thoughts. Unfortunately, it can be extremely easy to dwell on the negativity, especially in a such a high performance-based field as real estate.

The first step in crafting a positive outlook is to transform those negative self-doubts into statements of positive intention. When you find yourself thinking, “I can’t do this,”, tell yourself instead, “I will work hard enough to see this through, no matter what.” Whatever your insecurity or doubt, when it creeps into your conscious mind it reveals itself, and then you have the power to flip it on its head.

Set Goals
One of the best ways to maintain a positive mindset is to set attainable goals, and then commit to seeing them through. Your work ethic could be stellar, week in and week out you are putting in maximum effort, and yet at the end of the month, you still feel as if you haven’t gotten anywhere worthwhile. Setting goals is a great way to be able to see the tangible results of your hard work, and when you can see how far you've come, it is easier to stay motivated. As you exceed your own goals you can take pride in your progress, and that boost of self-confidence will only spur you onward to yet more success,

Surround Yourself with Positive People
The people that we surround ourselves with have a tremendous impact on the way we think and feel. Those with a negative and pessimistic attitude seek validation for their own lack of success or happiness in whoever is around them, in other words, misery loves company. One can get tangled up in the web of negativity, and it can drag anyone around down with it. On the other hand, surrounding yourself with positive, uplifting companions can encourage positive thinking and motivation. Another beneficial side effect of keeping a positive group around you is that networking opportunities will also be more prevalent and easy to engage in. Keeping a positive outlook on life, success and happiness can often go hand in hand.

Bonus Tip: Switch Realtors

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