We all envy the people who seem to have an unlimited amount of motivation— the people who are successful both in business and in their personal lives. What makes some people so good at sticking with their goals? What’s the difference between being interested in changing our lives vs. committing to the change? And what are some of the ways we can push ourselves outside of our comfort zone? In this episode, I talk about how taking the first step towards massive success starts with making a big commitment.
The interested always find an excuse. The committed always find a way. -Doren Aldana
The difference between being interested and being committed to success is dedication. When we’re committed, we do what it takes every single day— even when times get rough.
Softening the problem is a slippery slope to mediocrity. When we tell ourselves that those extra pounds are just our big bones, or when we diminish our problems, we avoid being committed to solving them.
Daily routines make or break our success. If we don’t invest our time in our personal growth, we can’t achieve our goals. Every day of our life needs to be planned ahead of time.
At the beginning of the episode, I talked about the difference between being interested in something and being committed to something. Next, I explained how easy, yet dangerous, it is for us to soften our problems and make them seem smaller than they really are.
I also covered:
Why we need to invest in our personal development to grow professionally
The price we pay for success and how to avoid a lifetime of regrets
How mentors can help us find shortcuts to success
The best way to find out whether we’re committed or just interested in achieving success is to ask ourselves if we’re willing to step outside of our comfort zone. Because commitment changes our priorities and the way we look at what happens around us, it makes us work hard regardless of our situation. When we’re just interested, we aren’t motivated enough to feel uncomfortable or make sacrifices to achieve our dreams.
No tactic can save us from living paycheck to paycheck if our mindset doesn’t change. The way we think is the root cause of our behavior -- and ultimately, our results. What is the definition of our emotional home? How do our emotions and mindset impact our work and personal routine? Why do we need to learn to be HAPPY NOW, even when what happens around us isn’t ideal? In this episode, I talk about the mindset of top achievers and how you can change the way you think to create an extraordinary life -- built by design -- filled with passion, purpose and prosperity.
The achievers don’t achieve to be happy. They find a way to happily achieve. -Doren Aldana
Our emotional home is where we are emotionally most of the time. It’s how we wake up every day— either being excited that it’s a new day, or dreading our work. This attitude impacts the way we perform as business owners.
The way we see ourselves depends on our perspective. If we need external factors to make us happy all the time, we’re always in danger of losing our happiness.
If we want to improve the quality of our life, we need to improve the quality of the information we consume as well as our environment.
At the beginning of the episode, I explained what our emotional home is and how it impacts our willingness to work hard and get results. Next, I covered why we shouldn’t rely only on external factors to be happy, and how we can achieve emotional freedom from life’s challenges and obstacles.
I also covered:
Why living in a comfort zone prevents many people from reaching greatness
Why building a business is all about problem-solving and how we can get better at solving problems instead of running away from them
How we can stop feeding our mind with negative thoughts
Success starts with our mindset; with how we see life and ourselves in it. We can’t progress if we don’t have the mental power to look forward to life’s challenges. We can’t solve problems if we avoid them at all costs. There are two ways we can look at life. We can choose to be happy only when good things happen, which means we’re always dependent on what occurs around us, or we can make the decision to happy with ourselves regardless of everything else. We must accept the fact that in order to take control of our lives, we have to stop fearing and running away from challenges. As entrepreneurs, we’re problem-solvers, and that means we address problems head-on.
We’re all told that massive success takes years of grind and personal sacrifices. How do some business owners reach their goals faster than others? What role does mentorship play in finding shortcuts to success? What are some of the most common sales tactics that aren’t worth doing? And what should we do instead? In this episode, Jason Cope shares how he learned to focus on effective tactics, enjoy his work, and grow his business from almost nothing to $1M per month.
You just have to work smarter, not harder. -Jason Cope
Cold calling works, but it isn’t the best tactic. It takes a lot of time, and in the end, very few people are interested in working with us after cold calling.
We should focus on prioritizing who we call. Not all of the people in our database have the same problems.
If we choose our business partners only based on profit potential, we might end up miserable because we have to interact with people we don’t like on a regular basis.
At the beginning of the episode, we talked about why cold calling occasionally works, but also how it can make our journey to success more painful. Next, we talked about prioritizing certain contacts in our database and surrounding ourselves with people who energize us and make our job more fulfilling.
We also covered:
Why we need to ditch the idea that only hard work and grind leads to results
How automating mundane tasks can give us more free time
Why we should strive for progress, not perfection
The first investment we have to make is in ourselves. Building habits that grow our knowledge and make us more confident are essential to success. We have to become more intentional with how we spend our time instead of using our free hours to watch Netflix. Reading more, meditating, and practicing visualization are all ways we can improve ourselves and become better in all aspects of life.
Jason Cope is a loan consultant with a background in commercial real estate. He has experience in global financial markets, procurement processes, and loan valuations. His aggressive marketing tactics combined with a deep understanding of his market enabled him to help many of his clients get the home of their dreams.
Inconsistent income is the biggest nightmare for most mortgage pros. Yet, instead of fighting against it, many MLOs consider it to be “normal” and just learn to live with it. How can we escape this “average” mindset, and how does having low expectations impact our income? How can we become more consistent with our marketing efforts -- and results? Why do we need systems in our business to do the heavy lifting for us? In this episode, I talk about how to overcome one of the most common struggles: inconsistent income.
Success is not easy. If it was, everyone would be fit, rich, and happy. -Doren Aldana
Not having consistent income is a symptom of issues, not the root cause.
When we see ourselves as winners, we do whatever it takes to make our vision a reality. When we see ourselves as average, we take an average course of action.
One of the biggest reasons why we experience income inconsistency is the fact that we don’t have a daily schedule that includes lead generation.
At the beginning of the episode, I talked about why we need to have a winner mindset and how thoughts about prosperity lead to actions that create wealth. Next, I spoke about the importance of consistently generating leads.
I also covered:
Why we need automated marketing processes to generate leads
How a mentor can help us get to where we want to be faster
The difference between dreamers and doers
The best way make our income more consistent and predictable is to put together marketing systems that generate leads on autopilot. This way, we free up some of the tasks that we have on our plate and create more consistency in our course of action. When we aren’t backed up by systems, the moment when we stop showing up, even for a day, the lead generation machine stops.
Another important component to making our income more predictable is having the right mentor on our side. It needs to be someone who already knows the ins and outs of the industry and can show us shortcuts.
Let's face it: The mortgage pros who track their numbers and have systems in place to hold themselves and their team accountable to results, tend to be more successful than those who don't. What are the key metrics we should focus on? How much should we be paying per lead or per client? What activities generate the highest ROI? In this episode, I talk about how we can make powerful progress by tracking key metrics and bringing structure to our business.
Not having data is like driving blindfolded and trying to stay on track without the feedback of vision. -Doren Aldana
We can’t improve what we can’t measure, and the best way to measure how we spend our time, on what we spend our time, and how efficient our tactics are is to look at KPIs (key performance indicators).
We have to take steps toward knowing where we are when it comes to our income, how many hours we spend being productive, and what activities drive our business.
The goal metrics umbrella includes metrics such as income, funded loan volume, units closed, and leads. When it comes to activity metrics, tracking calls is one of the most important.
In the beginning of the episode, I talked about how important it is to know where we stand, what drives clients to our business, and what our current income is. From there we can start focusing on goal and activity metrics.
I also covered:
Funnel metrics (cost per lead, cost per app, cost per closing, ROI)
Database metrics (repeat and referral business from past clients)
Conversion metrics (lead to app ratio, app to closed deal ratio, lead to closed deal ratio)
We can’t live the life we want if we don’t keep an eye on our progress. Looking at our current numbers and tracking everything might leave us a bit anxious, but we don’t have to be perfect. Just be better than we used to be last week. But in order to make progress we need to learn more about the key metrics that drive income and find out what areas in our business we’ve mastered and what needs to be improved.
Many of us get caught up in the everyday tasks of our jobs without realizing that "busy" work, doesn't necessarily mean productive work. What’s the difference between working IN our business vs. ON our business? Is it possible to build a business that brings you consistently-growing, reliable income without you having to "wear all the hats" in production mode? What’s the drawback of focusing only on the urgent and important tasks? In this episode, I talk about building a REAL business vs. building a practice, and the dangers of getting caught up in minutia of low-value tasks.
You have to get a systems-based business, not a “you”-based business.-Doren Aldana
There are two approaches: We are either reactive or proactive about our career. We are either practice-builders or business-builders.
A reactive person is always on top of things, solving problems as they arise and meeting deadlines, but they work only on things that their job dictates.
A proactive person works on important tasks that aren’t necessarily urgent, but he or she is also a business builder.
Being proactive is all about future planning. It involves making time for important tasks that aren’t urgent, but are critical for the growth of our business.
At the beginning of the episode, we talked about practice builders vs. business builders. Next, we talked about how we can be more proactive. We also talked about how reactive people respond to life, and how proactive people are different.
We also covered:
How mentors can save us years of learning and making mistakes
How systems help your business run even in your absence
How we can be avoid being busy yet not productive
Most of the tasks we do on a daily basis are urgent, but not life-changing. We need to ask ourselves where we will be next year if we continue to do the the same things we do today. Becoming a better version of ourselves is never urgent, as nobody forces us to build a business. Being proactive is important if we dream of building a business that can run by itself without us being part of the production. There’s only one solution to this: making our growth the priority instead of focusing on growing somebody else’s business.
Many mortgage pros make the mistake of using the reputation of the company they work for as a form of branding. What happens when we leave a company and we’ve built our entire reputation based on theirs? How do we make our brand “portable”? And what comes first: lead generation or branding? In this episode, I talk about the advantages of branding ourselves and building our own reputation.
You build your reputation through repetition. -Doren Aldana
Branding consists of the associations we make in our head when we think about a certain company.
When someone works with us, they experience our expertise, so it makes sense to use ourselves as the face of our brand—not the company.
If you want to stand out, it’s okay to be polarizing in your marketing. You can’t please everyone, so make your voice strong enough to have people either love or hate what you’re saying, but never ignore you.
In the beginning of the episode I talked about what branding is, why we should be the face of our brand, and how can we avoid sending out a diluted marketing message.
I also covered:
Why we shouldn’t use the company’s CRM or send materials unbranded
Why branding is a byproduct of successful lead generation
How focusing on doing what we love and delegating everything else makes our business more successful
Branding is not excellent customer service or fair rates. Branding is the product of the lead generation and lead conversion process. When we do a great job, people remember us. Because of how competitive the market is, covering the bare minimum no longer cuts it. Instead, we have to find ways to make our business stand out by bringing unique value to the table.
We all want to reach our goals in the fastest, most enjoyable way possible. How do we find the easiest way to success? What are the dead giveaways that we are working too hard and getting too little results to justify our work? Most importantly, what can we do to make the switch from the “hard way” to success to the "smart way"?
If you aren’t moving forward, you're going backwards. There is nowhere in between. -Doren Aldana
Nothing has meaning inherently. We give everything its meaning. If we could think about what happens in our lives without adding negative connotations to it, our lives would be much easier.
Don’t neglect your database in the name of immediate profit. Ask yourself what you’re doing on a consistent basis to nurture the leads that might bring business in the future.
Many mortgage pros make the mistake of waiting too long before they contact a lead. We can be experts when it comes to selling, but our response time needs to be strong as well.
In the beginning of the episode, I talked about the negative emotional suffering we put on ourselves unnecessarily, and the risk we run when we stop leveraging our database. I also covered how being slow when contacting your leads can send us down the slow lane of success.
I also covered:
How to stop making friends and attract business partners
Why we get distracted and how to relieve the pressure in our lives
Why the trajectory of our business (upwards or downwards) is the biggest diagnostic tool for us to find out if we took the hard or the easy way
The biggest diagnostic tool you have to figure it out whether you’re doing things the hard way or the easy way is to look at the profits of your business. Is your business growing? Is it decreasing in profits? There’s no stagnation in business. Once you stop growing, you are already moving backwards. As a result, you need to take action right away and identify where you could improve in your business to raise your income.
What exactly does your "ideal referral partner" look like? How can you target the right Realtors who actually fit that ideal profile? How do you attract the right partners, without the hell of cold calling or losing your dignity? What’s the biggest mistake most mortgage pros make when working with agents? In this episode, you'll get answers to all those questions and more, as Peter Fickeisen talks about how you can pick the right people, so you can on their "speed dial" as their exclusive lender.
You can only wear yourself so thin with partners you don’t want to work with. -Peter Fickeisen
We have to look at it as if it would be a partnership. We wouldn’t take someone we barely know and have nothing in common with as a partner, and this applies to searching for a Realtor to work with as well.
Weed out the good from the bad in the beginning. This translates into being upfront about how we work, what our work hours are, what we can deliver, etc. Otherwise, we might end up with people who disrespect our time and treat us like a commodity.
Stand out by being fast and always delivering on your promise of offering the information the agent needs right away
In the beginning of the episode, we talked about how many mortgage specialists end up in companies where their free time isn’t respected and how we can make the shift from working for others to being our own boss. We also talked about how we can attract agents and the importance of having a strong value proposition.
One of the things that can damage our reputation as a mortgage specialists is “not knowing” the answers to certain questions when our job is to provide those answers. If we want to attract rockstar agents, we need to be a rockstar mortgage pro, and part of that is always being fast and accurate when it comes to helping the agent. These days, the internet alone is enough for a mortgage pro to find all the answers they need.
Peter Fickeisen is the Director of Business Development of Luxury Mortgage and has over 14 years of experience in mortgage banking. He ranked in the top 200 USA loan officers and the top 20 Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers severals times. His approach is to focus on building lifetime relationships with his clients, rather than moving from one transaction to another.
One of the biggest challenges mortgage pros face is finding real estate agents to partner with. These days, real estate agents are flooded with calls and emails from mortgage pros looking to connect. How can you tilt the power balance in your favor? What is something you can offer to agents that will make them come to you? And how can you bring more leads from Facebook at a fraction the price of Zillow and other lead sources? In this episode, Chris Reale shares how he went from chasing real estate agents to having them come to him!
To get the highest conversion, you have to reach out to someone at least 7 times. -Chris Reale
The problem with most lead generation platforms is the price tag and the fact that the leads are not exclusive.
As a mortgage specialist, if you know how to attract leads via Facebook and give them over to realtors, you will be flooded by offers.
Facebook ads have the advantage of flexibility. You don’t have to sign any contracts, and you can shut it down when you want or change the daily spend and make whatever changes you want without any negative consequences.
As a mortgage specialist, when you come to the table with exclusive leads, you are no longer the one who is looking for real estate agents. They will do whatever it takes to come to you.
In the beginning of the episode, we talked about how to maximize Facebook ads and how they change the balance of power in the favor of mortgage specialists. Next, we discussed why branding doesn't necessarily bring a higher conversion rate.
We also covered:
Video has been a key component of differentiation in the ad space
Exclusive leads need immediate follow-up as well
Anything below 15% conversion rate on a landing page means that you should tweak your website copy
The secret to Facebook advertising is grabbing the attention of users. Unlike paid search engine ads, your audience is not looking for you. You have to create an ad compelling enough for them to click through. Facebook will help you set the demographics, but only a small percentage from that segment is interested in buying a home. Your job is to find the right image and the right message, and stir their curiosity in order for them to sign up on your landing page.
Chris Reale has managed nearly 1 billion dollars in value in residential loan transactions during the last 17 years. He founded a business that started with zero employees and now has over $2 millions in revenue. He is the founder of CJ Reale Consulting Services where he helps small and medium businesses attract traffic via social media and search engines, and he is also the branch manager of NFM Lending.
Learn what it REALLY takes to build a THRIVING mortgage business, doing what you LOVE, without relying on cold calling or annoying Realtors. Hosted by Doren Aldana, founder of MortgageMarketingCoach.com and several highly-acclaimed training programs, including the Client Acceleration Formula and the 7-Figure Lender Academy.