Blog Stories Hit A Wall? My Top 3 Focus Areas for Big Success

Hit A Wall? My Top 3 Focus Areas for Big Success

By Melissa Dorman, August 11, 2020

Productivity, like energy, is not linear. There will be lulls in your success and your trajectory. Take advantage of the dips and re-focus so that you can come back stronger. Here are my top 3 ways to regain the momentum and strengthen your drive.


Staying motivated requires work. Our society moves at breakneck speed. As agents, we need to be intentional about work habits so we make sure that we’re staying on the right path and achieving optimal results.

When you’re feeling unmotivated and low on energy, it’s easy to lose sight of what you’re working toward. Despite popular belief, self-motivation can be changed — and it’s all about your mindset.

Sociological experts have long demonstrated to us that there are reliable ways to self-motivate. I’ve outlined a few simple and smart ways to motivate yourself and, as a result, achieve your goals.


1. Cut Out Unnecessary Distractions

When you have easily accessible distractions all around you, it becomes hard to focus. This is especially true now, as many are juggling work, family and personal life at home.

Reducing distractions will significantly improve focus. To create a workplace setting with limited interruptions, start each work session by shutting the door, putting your phone on silent and installing a productivity extension such as StayFocusd on Google Chrome. This tool will help you stay on task by restricting the amount of time you can spend on certain websites.

Another way to create a productive work environment is by playing music to help boost energy and reduce stress. Create a playlist that’s upbeat and inspires you to focus.


2. Find Optimism

Pessimism can drain both your motivation and energy. Finding a positive and constructive view can energize and recharge your motivation. Don’t limit the sources of inspiration in your life. In addition to the motivational people closest to you, there are a ton of books, podcasts, blogs and success stories that can help you tap into your inner enthusiasm.

Find an inspirational podcast, such as “The Moth, which is all about people’s amazing life stories. I also recommend reading both Think and Grow Ritch, by Napoleon Hill and The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, if you’d like to focus on personal development and self-improvement.

You can also reach out to a former mentor or coach for inspiration and guidance. Another way to source motivation is by joining local groups and connecting with other industry professionals. Spend more time with enthusiastic, motivated people, and let their energy flow over to you.

3.Setting Attainable Goals

Being realistic with what you can achieve in a workweek is crucial to your success and morale. Although it’s important to aim high and map out your long-term goals, it’s just as important to encourage yourself by achieving a multitude of smaller, day-to-day goals along the way.

Your long-term goals won’t be accomplished overnight, so make sure to reward yourself for your small successes along the way. By celebrating those tiny wins, you’ll find a much-needed daily dose of motivation.

One way to hold yourself accountable for your goals is by having a series of check-ins with your team or colleagues, where each member of the group is encouraged to report on what they’ve been working on and some of their recent business achievements.

Melissa Dorman

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

Ten years ago, Melissa was living in a slum in Kolkata, India, helping over 200 women escape of sex-trafficking by providing alternative work at a social business. It was there she discovered her passion for financial education as a means of empowering people to move out of poverty. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters, Melissa spent 5 years working as a Social Worker; assisting clients facing homelessness, in jail, or at a psychiatric facility. As much as she loved the work, imagining saving for retirement on the meager salary of a social worker was becoming grim. That's when Melissa discovered "passive income." In no time, she fell in LOVE with real estate as a vehicle for wealth. Soon after, Melissa began locating off-market multi-family properties to purchase through creative financing strategies and win-win opportunities. Two years into investing, Melissa quit her day-job as a Social Worker to become a full time broker and investor. Initially she was drawn to people in difficult circumstances, so she developed extensive experience assisting families facing foreclosure, short sales, and probate. Melissa is well versed in helping her client's overcome complex real estate challenges. Currently Melissa is teamed up with Super Broker, Yascha Noonberg at Living Room Realty. Together they assist client's to achieve their real estate dreams, including how to strategically buy and sell a personal residence to maximize profits. Far from the slums of Kolkata, her greatest passion now is empowering other working professionals to develop passive forms of income through buying multi-family properties in Portland.
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