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Professional Development: 6 Pillars of a Successful Mindset

What are the best practices for building, fostering, and maintaining a winning mindset in a challenging environment? APM Chairman Kurt Reisig—often referred to as your “loan warrior”—shares his practices for creating a strong and successful mindset. 

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Pillar 1: Intention and Goals

Be intentional about setting goals. Set aside quality time to review your goals and aspirations, and make sure to check in on them every 90 days. This will ensure that you stay focused and on track. 

We’re navigating a challenging market, and it’s important to be clear, focused, and intentional when it comes to your business. As Kurt often says, “There is clarity when there is focus”. 

Pillar 2: Be Adaptable

By being consistent and intentional, you’ll have the opportunity to adapt to change and pivot when needed. Every great plan can come with unexpected twists and turns. Try not to get too attached to your procedures and the way you think things should go. When the situation changes, adapt with it. 

Pillar 3: Take Risks

You should never be afraid to take risks. You don’t have to be right all the time, but do you have to be willing to try different things, both personally and professionally, to be successful. These new challenges can be great learning experiences!

In the video below, Kurt shares the first three pillars of building a successful mindset. 

 

Pillar 4: Self-Awareness and Growth

A pivotal component of professional development is continuous learning opportunities, whether through continuing education, a training program, professional learning seminars, online courses, mentors and coaching, or expanding your knowledge through reading and taking in new information. 

How you foster your professional development opportunities may look a little different, but as long as you keep on learning, you’re on the right path to growth. 

Kurt shares how he practices self-awareness and his personal growth strategies in this quick video:

 

Pillar 5: Balance

Balance and the mortgage industry rarely go hand in hand. For the last two years, we’ve worked harder than ever to capitalize on a once- or maybe twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There are periods in life when balance doesn’t exist, and some may tell you there is no such thing as balance. 

Yet balance is essential because it directly affects your physical, mental, and overall well-being. How you show up matters, for your business and your life. 

Pillar 6: Gratitude

Another important practice is gratitude—perhaps one of the most meaningful forms of human expression. Did you know that just the act of expressing gratitude changes your body chemistry? It does; gratitude is good for you.

In the video below, Kurt shares his experience with finding balance and the practice of gratitude and how it’s helped him along his journey. 

 

Having a Plan

When people operate without a plan, they tend to respond from a reactive state. Consistently being reactive can feel overwhelming and create doubt because there is rarely an opportunity to step back and evaluate what you’re doing—making it hard to see how to get from Point A to Point B. 

In challenging or uncertain times, the last thing you want is to feed your mind with doubt.

Having a high-quality plan is the main ingredient of success. Do you have written goals personally and professionally? How about corresponding strategies for how to achieve these goals, with detailed action items and the timelines in which you need to complete them?

That’s being intentional, and when we’re intentional about our life, a successful mindset and business will follow. To connect with Kurt on LinkedIn, click here.

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