The Wright Team
We have have really enjoyed this year of Growth with the Wright Team. We learned a lot of lessons, have been able to help a lot of
amazing clients and are not even done yet. In the Fall we began putting together a plan for 2018. We looked at everything we were able to accomplish,
were grateful for getting that far, and then began to dream of what 2018 might be able to bring. We looked at things that
worked. We discussed things that didn't work. We asked for input from our excellent coach as well as from the
top notch agents around us. That gave us some ideas to try. This year has been an amazing ride of
seeing what is possible. I hope this year is also an amazing year for all of you.
The Path to Redo
Shockingly enough, most of the time the first time I walk into a home to list it, the home is not ready yet. That means a redo will have to be done. It is sort of like a "Do Over" when playing a game. You walk in expecting HGTV and you don't quite get it on the first time. When I know the client needs a do over I have some pretty simple advice.
1. Budget and plan in advance
The success of failure of the whole plan is in the planning. Expect the unexpected. Put extra room in the budget for emergencies. Wrigt it all down. Every penny, every project, the time frame, the goal, and the back up plan.
Be sure to discuss the plan in detail with all decision makers. Get everyone to sign off before you begin. Many projects are left undone because everyone was not on board.
2. Begin with the most important: The walls, roof, and structure. Get them inspected and make sure they are in the right condition. You do not want to invest into a home that is going to be destroyed by time or nature as you work. Call a termite professional, roofer, contractor, and foundation specialist. Get them to sign off on the integrity of the house before you begin.
3. Prep work: Remove everything that does not belong. Prepare the floors, walls, everything for the work.
4. Begin at the bottom and work your way up. Prepare the floors, then paint, then put in fixtures. You build from the bottom up.
5. Clean from the top down: Start with the light fixtures and vents and clean everything you can see, including changing the air filters.
6. Accessorize and finish: Make the home feel excellent. When you walk in you should feel like you want to stay a while. It should be clean, bright, nice smelling, beautiful.
Working in My Strength
There are 3 ways of finding strengths in life. I started out working primarily on my weaknesses. I wanted to do sales. I wanted to make a way for my family to transition from the military. I began learning all the things people told me was important. I failed. I failed. I failed, then I succeeded. I started to see there were things I did not fail at. I started to try those things again. That was one of the ways to find your strengths:
1. FIND WHERE I SUCCEED
By duplicating the successes I was able to begin working in my strengths.
As I went along I received both positive and negative feedback. I began to really mull over the negative feedback until I presented it to a wise woman. She asked me who the person was who had given me that information and whether they were qualified experts on me. I replied, "No, in fact, I think the reason they said it was because they wanted me to pay them more money." She said, "Then they do not have the right to give you information about yourself. There should only be a handful of people in your life who are experts on you. Listen to them." That is the second way I found my strengths.
2. LISTEN to MY ADVOCATES
As that began to bring some peace and I was able to weed out the bad advice and more quickly find the good by examining the source, I was involved in a lot of coaching in sales. During the coaching I was given personality assessments. One of them was the DISC Test. It explained myself to myself. I learned I am more concerned with results than details. That allowed me to really see a clearer path. If I am more concerned with results, I need to focus on the activities that give the best results.
3. LEARN MYSELF
was this step. I began seeing how I do things and deciding proactively what activities I do and do not do. I used this to cut down on wasted time, money, and emotional ties. The problem with all of this is it does not work without people also using their strengths with you. I had to
FIND MY TEAM.
Without a team of people who have strengths where I have weaknesses my weaknesses will be like ticking bombs ready to explode when I do not focus on them. In order for me to live in my strengths I need my friends, my family, my support. I need their strengths like they need mine. We live this life together.