Early Season Expectations

Monday Morning Match is a quick post – maybe a quote, inspirational story or idea – intended to spark some motivation inside each of you so your week gets off to a fantastic start on Monday morning.

Early season golf is a blessing and a curse. It’s always great to get back out on the golf course on a regular basis and enjoy the bright sunshine, blue skies and green fairways but it’s amazing how quickly the feeling of joy and excitement can turn to frustration and bewilderment. All those months waiting to get back out on the course and envisioning a triumphant return with clean contact and low scores suddenly crash back to reality with wayward drives, off-center hits and scores that are closer to a radio station’s dial position than a spring temperature in Orlando.

12758383654_ab4b43d147_zFor an amateur, setting your expectations too high on the golf course usually leads to disappointment and frustration. There are just so many aspects of the game that you cannot control like the wind or the bounces the ball may take. It’s best to focus on what you can control, play within your level of skill and try to enjoy the walk around the course.

The same can be said about everything else that we do, especially in a career like real estate. So much of a successful transaction is beyond our control – from the actions of the Buyer or Seller, the co-op agent, or the affiliates involved in a transaction (lender, processor, underwriter, title rep, home inspector, etc.) – that all we can try to do is our best when it comes to serving our client and helping them make the best decisions based on the situation.

Like golf, it’s wise to ensure we have the best equipment and tools to do the job and we should always be aware of the obstacles and hazards we might encounter. Just remind yourself that there is no such thing as a “perfect round” and there will always be some tough holes ahead.

How we prepare ourselves for these critical moments – practice, visualization, coaching and experience – will help determine if we fall short, meet or exceed our expectations. When you head out this week, whether you’re at work or on the golf course, if you can build relationships, solve problems and have fun, you’ll undoubtedly increase your chances to exceed expectations.


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