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As we have stated many times, landlords often work in isolation, perhaps working from a home office or a small rented office.In all businesses, there will be a day when sh*t happens, when your desire to continue on is sorely tested, and when you wonder what you have done to deserve it!When these days happen, there are ways you can over come them.Here are 7 things I do:1. Focus on positive things happening your businessThere will be plenty of things to find, even such things as a tenant who said they were going to move out have decided to stay.Celebrate these small things and also anything in the bigger picture.See - Reasons I am feeling positive about BTL!2. Develop an attitude of gratitude and show appreciationBe thankful for your blessings - that you can work at home and take time out or that your letting agent has done a great job for you.Take time to let people around you know how much you appreciate their efforts.See - Gifts For Buyer and Estate Agent Thank you3. Look for learning opportunities When something that you perceive to be negative happens to you, re-frame that as it happened for you.This empowers you see problems as learning opportunities. You can control how you react to a problem. Take a positive from it.There is no win or lose when you adopt the attitude of win and learn.As Cheryl Cole once said - "I am learning so much from my mistakes that I am thinking of making some more!".4. Make a random act of kindnessOther people are likely having a sh*t day too. Could a kind word from you assist them or make their day a bit better?Could you make the effort to commend someone for their efforts, make a donation to a random cause, assist someone who is in trouble, notice something that someone is doing and comment positively, show an animal or a human that you care?5. Reach outDon't suffer alone in silence. Reach out on social media and ask for help or advice. You are only one person away from a solution or whatever you need. You only need to ask and you will be amazed at the input and support you receive.One of my favourite sayings is: "It is only imagined problems that seem insurmountable. Real problems always have solutions".If you ask for a solution to a problem on sites like Property Tribes, not only you benefit, the whole community benefits in perpetuity.6. Take some time outTake a few moments to decompress by going for a walk, having a cup of tea, going to the gym, chatting to a friend.Plan a treat like a weekend away or a nice lunch. Problems often loom large when they arise, but as you address them and start to take action to resolve them, they start to shrink.Often during the day I will sit quietly with a cuppa and write out a list of things that I would like to complete by the end of the day and then prioritise them. It gives me a sense of satisfaction and achievement to tick them off. You can use sites like Monday.com or Insightly.com to help you organise your tasks efficiently.Author and meditation guide Tom Evans shared some great insights in this interview:7. Don't make rash or rushed decisions when in "crisis" mode or when emotions are highAs a general comment, it's prudent to take your time in making a decision. Your brain operates completely differently in a stress situation to when you are calm. When your brain is in "flight" or survival mode, it may not make the best decisions.One of my mentors said to me recently, when I was stressed about something ... "Let the world turn another two times before you do anything or make any decisions". This was for something that was critical so you could probably extend that to another 7 times quite happily for something non-critical. Answers and options will undoubtedly present themselves during that time period. They did for me, hence why I am passing this wisdom on ... To wait for answers to be presented to you or while you go searching for them in your own time is a good way to solve problems.What else would you add to this and what are your strategies for coping with a sh*t day?SEE ALSO - 12 positive things to do today to break "property investor's block" & move forwards.UP NEXT - Most inspirational discussions - EVER - on Property Tribes.DON'T MISS - The Property Tribes Essential Book and Reading ListNOW WATCH:
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There are actually only two ways:
1. Beer; or
That's one way and is not complete. Beer, lunch AND wine.
pah. Lunch is for unregulated property mentors.
Regarding no 4
Only ever engage in random donation of monies if you can or choose to afford it.
if not possible then don't engage in such kindness.
It just isn't worth the distress it can cause if you can't afford to be a Good Samaritan.
This thread is always a good tonic if you are feeling a bit down:Property "Thought of the day".
For me it's far simpler. I have a supercharged V8 blacked out Jag that I have modified to the maximum over the last 10 years. Just the sound of it alone can take my mind off pretty much any bad day and turn a frown upside down, as they say. I guess we all have our own methods!
Can't use it though since speed cameras
The days of exploring the speed envelope of such vehicles are long gone
Did it sometimes in my old MGBGT V8
Could do 125mph
You only need a Postman Pat vehicle that does max 70mph
Cameras have killed any fun in driving
Out of curiosity which Jag is that, XKR?
It's an XJR. I bought it instead of an XKR that I really wanted because I had 3 children and thought it would be more practical for family outings etc. Then we had a fourth child which made that a pointless decision anyway but I kept it because it is so good and uprated. Cars are my hobby and I do have a few but this one is still my favourite.
Paul, I kind of agree, but was always more of a 0 to 60 guy than a top speed merchant. I'm 18 again without a care in the world when I pull away from lights. Top speeds scare me because whatever you are in you are at the mercy of other people, something in the road or a dodgy tyre or loose nut etc.
It’s a very nice car and one of the last distinctive shaped XJs. I also agree taking out a V8 or V6 and the sound from the exhaust can return a smile to the face irrespective of the type of day it’s been.