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RISMEDIA, July 2, 2007–I wonder if Tiger Woods has bad days. Do you think he ever wanted to pack it in, not play golf anymore, figured he was not good enough? Thought about changing careers?

This amazing athlete was swinging a golf club in his crib, and by age five, he was featured in Golfers Digest. Yes, he has a gift, but he practices. Consistent practice allows him to continually fulfill the potential of his gift. He makes it look effortless, but as we all know, golf is not easy, and it is not easy to be good at it, unless you practice all the time.

Practice is what differentiates a top performer from all the others. What do top performers practice? In the case of golf, it’s their swing. But, there is something else. Have you ever watched Tiger on television during one of the big tournaments? Right before he swings, he closes his eyes for a brief moment in deep concentration; you can almost see him talking to himself before he takes his swing, playing out its success before it actually occurs.

How do we as real estate agents and brokers achieve this mindset, the kind of ?mental muscle? that allows us to be top performers and accomplish great things in our real estate careers? Practice. Practice what? Consistently practice thinking in a way that helps us to achieve our goals.

Here are five steps to help you practice the kind of thinking it takes to become a top performer in your real estate career.

1. Daily Journaling. Write it down. You need to define your goals and dreams, and keep intensely focused on those aspirations. Write out who you want to be in your ideal life, and what you want your life to look like.

2. Create Lists. We love to make “to-do” lists and we get great pleasure over checking off what we have achieved. Add a wish list of the things you want to do, the kind of person you want to be, what you would like to achieve, and the experiences you would like to have in your life, and check off each wish as you achieve it.

3. Gratitude. Live each day with gratitude. Think about what a difference it would make each morning if you began your day with thanks for all the wonderful and amazing things that are already in your life. Family, friends, your home, your health and your spirit.

4. Surround yourself with people who are happy, who live with passion and have the desire to succeed. There is energy about people who have decided to succeed in their careers, and in their lives.

5. Accountability. Ask yourself, what is the one thing that you can do to make your day spectacular, and do it.

Tiger has a tremendous gift of ability; but we all know people who are unbelievably gifted and do nothing with it. Tiger puts power to his career through his unrelenting commitment to excellence.

Tiger Woods says, “Commit to every swing, rehearse the shot with purpose and then execute it.” Put power to your real estate career through the daily practice of your aspirations. Define your goals, and proceed with purpose to achieve each and every one.

Kim Ades, MBA, president of Opening Doors, is launching a new coaching program called Frame of Mind, based on the principles of thought management.

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