Proactive vs. Reactive
As I write this email, I’m in Chicago waiting on a flight to Phuket, Thailand.This trip to Thailand and Bali has been planned for more than 6 months our tickets were purchased 5 months ago, so far so good.The airline called and confirmed that we were still going last Thursday and verified our date of birth for security.Sounds like we were all set, right?
Well, just to be safe on Saturday we called, to get seat assignments and make special meal arrangements.To our surprise, they told us our flight to LA had been cancelled and they’d rerouted us to San Francisco and then onto LA. Unfortunately, this change made us 2 hours late for our international flight.Sadly the airline hadn’t put that together till we were on the phone with them.
This is where the benefits of being proactive kick in.You see, because we’d called on Saturday we were able to have our entire trip rebooked, leave 18 hours earlier and still get to our destination in time for our planned activities.Being proactive not only saved us time, but a huge amount of stress not to mention a total interruption in our trip.
In real estate, it’s no different, not matter what you are expecting or even have in writing, things often change.In our office, we confirm, confirm, and then reconfirm.We do this simply to sure that closings take place, that delays are minimized and that when there has to be a change, it doesn’t come at the last minute on the way to a closing that is now not going to happen.
Being proactive also allows you to control your day and function at a much higher level.Planning the calls, handling any issues and having plenty of time to work through them is far less stressful way to manage a day.Yes, I know, real estate can be challenging, things change, and the nature of the business alone can be stressful, but with a proactive approach, planning versus reacting, you’ll have far less stress and more time for activities that will make the phone ring.Or simply some time off for a vacation somewhere fun and exotic.