Category: Character


No, I’m not talking batteries here…lol!  Each person, me included, has the ability to be positive or negative.  We can go about the day with the “poor me’s” or we can be grateful for “the glass half full”.  I, probably like most of you, try to be positive every day but it doesn’t always work.  But here are some tips to help.

  1. Be gracious and express gratitude. Being thankful for what you have, or what you don’t, immediately releases the negative thoughts. Wake up thinking about all the things you are grateful for.  Make it detailed and from the heart.  Then go out into the world and be gracious to those around you.
  2. Give of yourself to others. Be unconditional in your giving.  Share your skills with those around you with either your help or advice.  Don’t doubt your value.  Even the smallest gesture can turn someone’s day around and boost yours.
  3. Visualize Success. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, tap into your ability to visualize or imagine being more positive.  Take a few minutes to clear your mind and “see” a positive event in your life and how it unfolded.  Then keep that mindset to stay in a positive state.
  4. Control Your Breathing or Meditate. This is an old way of doing things that I actually learned in Lamaze classes when I was pregnant with my daughter some 30+ years ago and I still find myself going to it today.  Plus when you control your breathing while in a quiet relaxed state it works even better.

Obviously, there are other ways that may work better for you and I’d love to hear about them.  And don’t forget to call Office Solutions 4 U when you’re in that relaxed state to help you stay connected to that positive mind frame.  We help take the negative out of your work life.

In our business lives, we want to achieve success and be successful in our business no matter the line of work we choose.  However, working in real estate, our character, I believe, comes more into play than other lines of work.  We work directly with clients who depend on our character every day to get their home sold, to trust us with their most valued possession and in our case, trust us to handle their day to day business.  Here is some food for thought.

  1. Character is doing what’s right when no one is watching. Don’t just do what is right when no one sees, or so you think, but do it all the time. The truth always comes out.  Don’t be caught in something you think you can get away with.  It will come back to haunt you.
  1. Character is doing what’s right when it’s not easy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often spoke about that. He said, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” Make your choices ahead of time and value doing what’s right above all else.  People should know what you stand for and what you won’t.
  1. Character is telling the truth when a lie would be easier. Our parents always told us as children to not lie and always tell the truth no matter what the consequences. It still stands today.
  1. Character is making sure your walk matches your talk. You can’t say one thing and do another and expect to have character, trust, and influence.
  1. Character is playing by the same rules, no matter how big, important, or powerful you are. Your values shouldn’t change just because of your successes. Being a leader just reinforces who you are, not what you can get away with.
  1. Character is tending the fragile to maintain the powerful. As educator Sissela Bok noted, “Trust and integrity are precious resources, easily squandered, hard to regain.” But character, handled well, is also powerful. You see, your position of leadership may cause people to take notice of you, but it is only your character that will cause people to respect you.
  1. Character will determine your legacy. Your talent will make your name known, but your character will determine what people associate with your name. Your talent will dictate your potential, but your character will determine your legacy.

We at Office Solutions 4 U believe our character determines our success.  Are you ready to put your trust in a team that is willing to help you build and preserve your successes with integrity?

“Reprinted in parts with permission from Dr. Alan Zimmerman’s internet newsletter, the “Tuesday Tip”. http://drzimmerman.com/tuesdaytip

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