Healthy Eating Habits at Work

02:20:2024
We spend a significant percentage of our lives at our jobs. Maintaining healthy habits at work is crucial for sustained energy, focus, and overall well-being. I know I am a bad employee after a huge Chipotle burrito for lunch. I know my energy levels and overall productivity drops when I eat fast food or a big unhealthy lunch. Here are some practical tips and creative ideas that I've been more intentional about implementing, to help me make better choices in the work environment: 1. Meal Prep Batch Cooking for Efficiency: Dedicate an hour or two on the weekend to prepare meals for the upcoming week. My wife and I usually do this on Sundays. Over the past 5 years I’ve made some adjustments to be healthier on a daily basis.…

How to be Successful at Cold Calling

01:04:2024
Check this out! Brock Baker just joined our team, full-time, at the start of the year. Prior to that, he was with us for ~18 months now as an intern. After his first summer as an intern, he wrote a fantastic summary of his experience and included a few great tips for young professionals trying to find their way and start their career.    How I Found a Slice of Success Cold Calling for CRE OneSource By: Brock Baker As a part of my responsibilities, I was tasked with creating a list of notes and tips for new hires from my first 3 months cold calling for OneSource. I wanted to provide these tips in a fashion that I feel will represent the ways in which you will learn them. …

5 Techniques for Managing Stress

11:26:2023
As a broker reliant on only commissions, with deals hanging by a thread, and no consistent paycheck, managing stress is crucial. Here are five direct and effective techniques to properly manage stress, along with specific examples: Meditation:  Embrace the Power of Breath: Engage in deep diaphragmatic or Wim Hof breathing. Try the "4-7-8" technique – inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 7, and exhale for 8. Practice Presence: Integrate mindfulness meditation to stay focused and make clear-headed decisions. I’ve used Headspace and Peloton’s guided meditation resources before and would recommend them both. Yoga/Stretching:  Physical Flexibility, Mental Resilience: Incorporate yoga or stretching exercises to release tension and foster adaptability. Find a class nearby or incorporate a simple 10-minute routine from a teacher online into your daily routine. Exercise: Elevate Your Mood:…

Surviving the Cycles of Commercial Real Estate

10:31:2023
Commercial real estate, like any other industry, experiences its highs and lows. To successfully weather the cycles that inevitably come, consider these practical strategies: Have Cash on Hand Maintain a robust cash reserve to provide a financial cushion during lean periods. Cash is king in uncertain times, offering flexibility and a strategic advantage. Chase and Close Every Deal In turbulent markets, every deal counts. Don't turn away opportunities. Aggressively pursue potential transactions, and ensure your negotiation skills are razor-sharp. Prospect More Expand your prospecting efforts through methods like cold calling and canvassing. Casting a wider net increases your chances of discovering hidden gems even in challenging times. Continuous Education and Skill Refinement Embrace a growth mindset by committing to continuous education. Refine your skills, both in traditional real estate practices…

Habit Stacking

10:02:2023
"You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems." - James Clear In the pursuit of personal development and self-improvement, setting goals is the first step. For more on goal setting, check out Craig’s book, Rocks, GRAVEL, Sand and our episode of CRE - The Unspoken Truth on this topic.  We all have aspirations, whether it's becoming more physically fit, reading more books, or simply being more productive. However, what often gets overlooked is the importance of our daily habits in achieving these goals. This is where the concept of habit stacking, popularized by James Clear, comes into play. James Clear, author of the bestselling book "Atomic Habits," explains that the key to achieving long-term success is not solely dependent on…

Velocity

07:22:2023
Innovation and progress define our daily lives. Technology is constantly evolving, knowledge is always at our fingertips, and if you don’t adapt with the times, you’ll quickly be left behind. That’s why the concept of velocity has become more crucial than ever. Velocity encompasses the idea of continuous movement, ensuring that everything stays in motion, enabling progress and growth in all aspects of life. It's a mindset that emphasizes the importance of taking action, avoiding stagnation, and achieving remarkable outcomes.  The Momentum of Constant Motion Velocity is the embodiment of perpetual motion, always propelling us forward. It's the energy that prevents ideas from becoming stagnant and encourages continuous improvement. By embracing velocity, we ensure that we never settle for mediocrity but strive for excellence in all endeavors. Whether it's personal…

Batteries Included

07:13:2023
"Be the energy you want to attract." These wise words from Buddha remind us of the importance of surrounding ourselves with individuals who bring their own positive energy to the relationship. In a world where negativity and energy vampires seem to be lurking around every corner, it is refreshing to find people who are batteries included – those who radiate positivity, enthusiasm, and a genuine desire to contribute to the team. At CRE OneSource, we value and seek out these individuals, and here's why you should too. Create a Positive and Productive Work Environment Working with people who are batteries included means saying goodbye to the drama, gossip, and complaints that often plague workplaces. These individuals understand the importance of maintaining a positive atmosphere and actively contribute to it. Their…

Creating Raving Fans

06:13:2023
Our mission at CRE OneSource is to create Raving Fans. Each member on our team is obsessed with our customers, and everything we do is in the name of creating Raving Fans. In today's competitive business landscape, providing exceptional customer service is no longer enough. Companies that provide good service and create satisfied customers are being consistently left behind by those brands that go above and beyond and have an army of passionate consumers cheering them on. Today, businesses need to go the extra mile to create raving fans who become enthusiastic advocates for their brand.  What is a Raving Fan? A raving fan is not just a satisfied customer; they are customers who have experienced a level of service that exceeds their expectations. According to author and consultant Ken…

Be a Buffalo: Facing Conflict Head-On

06:10:2023
In the vast plains of the American West, two large creatures roam: cows and buffalo. These animals may seem similar at first glance, but they have vastly different approaches to facing storms. When cows sense a storm approaching, they instinctively flee in the opposite direction, seeking safety and shelter. On the other hand, buffalo charge towards the storm, embracing the challenge head-on to reach the blue skies on the other side faster. This seemingly counterintuitive behavior holds a powerful lesson for us: face conflict head-on. Be a buffalo.  We tend to be conflict-averse. We often skirt around problems, especially when they involve other people, in order to maintain some semblance of peace. But this avoidance can have the opposite effect, often creating more problems or allowing existing resentments to fester…

The LOCK Framework: A Guide to Learning Something New

05:18:2023
In this day and age, continuous learning is key to survival. I’d argue that the most important skill that everyone should develop is the ability to learn new things. If you can’t pivot in this era of changing technology, you’ll quickly find yourself towards the end of the pack. But for those who have been out of the schoolroom and in the workforce for over a decade, learning is far more difficult than it is for those recent graduates. That’s why having a structure approach to learning new things can help make the process more efficient and successful.  Enter the LOCK Framework.  LOCK The LOCK framework is composed of four steps: Learn, Own, Compress, and Kaizen. These steps can be applied to anything you’re trying to learn, from a new…