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10 Real Estate Agent Tips for a Happy, Healthy 2015

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Jan 13, 2015 7:00:00 AM

A new year means new opportunities for improvement in your personal life and your business. In our first Agent Insights post of 2015, Managing Broker Mike Cooper shares his 10 tips on how to have a happy, healthy, balanced 2015. Read on and get inspired! 

Here's Mike:                                                        


Mike_CooperI wrote this material in the early 90s. I've read it every January to remind myself of where I need to direct my life in the new year. I hope it encourages you. 

  1. Focus 

    Determine what your distractions are and eliminate as many as possible. Some things are just that, distractions, and they cheat you out of moving forward.

  2. Get Healthy 

    Eat foods that don't rob you of energy and good health. Sleep the number of hours your body needs. Exercise consistently, effectively and efficiently. Avoid fad diets, avoid fad foods and avoid fad exercise. 

  3. Educate Yourself

    Learn more about those things that propel you forward. Don't seek advice from failures. Look for people who have succeeded at the place you want to go to and seek their advice, experience and wisdom. Read good books, listen to successful leaders and learn the mechanics of your field of choice. And remember, everyone pays their dues. Make every day a learning day.

  4. Invest in Healthy Relationships

    Reduce the takers in your life, and increase the givers. Some people only cause you heartache and misery - and some people bring you great joy. Ask yourself, "How do I feel after I've spent time with this person?" or,"How do I feel after I've talked to this person on the phone or through a text message?" If you're excited and inspired, you've found a fountain. If you're exhausted, you've found a drain.

  5. Make Money Your Servant

    Pay yourself first (at least 10% of everything). Try to give more to your favorite charity and do it out of a generous heart. There is a law of giving and receiving that profits you above and beyond your generosity. Pay off debts. The borrower is servant to the lender. Break the shackles of debt so that it doesn't become a course distraction.

  6. Do Something Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Go on a canopy glide, go sailing or take a trip to a country where you don't speak the language, etc.  It's intense and it makes you feel very alive.

  7. Bury Your Past 

    Don't let the past direct the future - everybody makes mistakes, allow yourself the freedom to get past it. Others may not want to let you leave your mistakes behind, but it's your choice. Don't look back - images in the mirror are bigger than appear. Don't look in the rear view mirror - your goals are ahead.

  8. Renew Your Spiritual Life

    Some days you need an anchor, other days, you need a sail. A healthy spiritual relationship will provide both. Know the difference between a true spiritual relationship and one that is only on the surface - and persue it.

  9. Extend Forgiveness

    It's hard to walk up a hill with someone on your back. Holding on to anger and resentment toward other people only holds you back and it rarely hurts the offenders. There are people who you may not feel are worthy of forgiveness, but as long as you hold on to their offenses they are still controlling your life. Extend forgiveness, and throw off the shackles of bitterness, resentment and anger. If this seems too difficult, refer to #8.

  10. Love More & Love Sincerely 

    Tell those you love that you really love them, and then go a step further - show it. Don't wait for the next funeral to remember all the people you haven't told how important they are in your life. Tell them now while it counts. You might be the only encouragement some people ever get, and you might be that one lifeline someone needs in an undisclosed time of distress. 

Want to learn more about Mike? Visit his website, cornerstonebusinessgroupinc.com.


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