When we don’t equip ourselves to win and succeed, we miss out on so many great things we could have in our lives and businesses. If we aren’t employing the right tools to mine our databases, attract agents, leverage technology, and build good systems, we will delay our own progress and success. Why is it important for us to stop blaming the results we get on our circumstances? What do we stand to lose when we aren’t showing up for success with the right mindset, attitudes and actions? On this episode, we talk about why doing things the long and hard way will make us lose key results, and what we can do instead to get the results we want in our businesses.
Opportunity is not lost, it just goes to those that are committed and aligned with victory. -Doren Aldana
The biggest costs of being ill-equipped to go after our dreams are lost revenue, time, opportunity, impact, adventure and legacy.
Your circumstances are a reflection of our thoughts, feelings, habits and behaviors. We are the common denominator of every result we get.
If we don’t have a solid plan for our mortgage businesses, it can cost us up to $15k a month in lost revenue.
At the start of the show, we talked about how we can connect with the most powerful versions of ourselves, and why we should view challenging circumstances as setups and not setbacks. We also discussed how to avoid losing out on great business and financial opportunities.
We also touched on:
How to surrender to our purpose without surrendering to our circumstances
Many of us believe that what gets in the way of our success are the circumstances and external limitations in our lives, whether it’s a lack of opportunity or the real estate market. The truth is, very often, we’re held back by our own untrue thoughts, ideas and beliefs about what we’re capable of, and what it takes to become successful. What are some of the beliefs that limit our ability to manifest our dreams? How do they stop us from being effective and productive? On this episode, I share on the erroneous limiting beliefs that hold us back, and how to make a bold, intelligent, and strategic investment in our breakthroughs.
The most precious and valuable reward for success isn’t what you get, it’s who you become. - Doren Aldana
Everything we have right now is a result of our current comfort zone. It’s impossible for us to go beyond that if we don’t get out of our comfort zones and stretch ourselves.
Before we do the activities that will make us successful, we have to become people who can attract that success. We do this through things that feed our minds and souls, like prayer, meditation, studying, visualizing and affirming.
Attracting top Realtors is not hard, but if we believe it is, we will struggle. If we have a formula and the right mindset, we can attract agents pretty easily.
The metaphysical realm is the source of our power to create and manifest the lives we want.
At the start of the show, I talked about how having the wrong foundational thoughts about ourselves and ability to succeed set us up for failure. Next, I talked about why greater levels of success never take place in our comfort zones, and why it’s non-negotiable to work on ourselves before our businesses. Towards the end, I shared on the danger of thinking that top producing agents don’t want to work with us.
I also shared;
Why we have to think and operate differently if we want to level up
How reinforcing the status quo kills our growth
The importance of owning our victory in advance
Success doesn’t happen by accident, it happens by design, through mindset and taking the right action. One of the most important things we need to do in our path to success is get rid of the mental and emotional stumbling blocks that trip us up. These beliefs will take away our power, productivity, peace and profits, so we need to replace them with a belief system that builds us up. Once we lock in the correct mindset, the actions become easy, and the massive effort we inject into our goals will pay off in a huge way.
A lot of loan officers dread reaching out to Realtors because they’re under the impression that Realtors instinctively hate dealing with them. How can we stop acting like the average loan officer Realtors abhor, and start flipping the script? Should we be less selective or is being too inclusive harming our chances? In this episode, we discuss how to stand out from the pack of average loan officers
Strive to come across as a welcome guest, rather than an annoying pest. - Doren Aldana
Stop being a loan leech. Realtors can tell when we’re approaching them looking for business without anything to offer in return. Make sure Realtors know we’re coming to give, not just get.
Offer value by showing Realtors how they can make more money. If we show Realtors how they can get more business, they’ll see us as valuable.
Make Realtors feel special by offering them exclusive benefits for working with you. By being more exclusive, we boost our profile and instantly become more attractive.
In this episode, we discussed why it’s so important to set ourselves apart from the rest of the loan officers in our markets. We explained why we need to offer exciting, unique value to Realtors, so they know we’re their only option if they want to be successful.
We also discussed:
Why we should be positioners, not prospectors
How confidence makes all the difference
The importance of behaving like a winner
Reaching out to Realtors doesn’t need to be anxiety-inducing, as long as we know we hold their key to success. To do this, we have to stop acting like the average loan officer: a leech who wants to get more than give. If we can show Realtors how to make more money in less time, we position ourselves as winners in their eyes. We also show them that we are willing to offer the Realtors that work with us outstanding benefits. No one likes being around the average Joe LO, so let’s start separating ourselves from the pack.
Buying leads has become extremely popular with loan officers who think they’re saving time, but in reality, they’re actually doing it the hard way. Why is buying leads a bad idea? Could they be doing more harm than good? In this episode, we discuss why buying leads is a bad investment of our time and money, and could end up damaging our positioning within the industry.
Avoid wasting money paying for the same leads as competitors. Bought leads are not necessarily exclusive, so they’re definitely an unwise investment.
By spending our time chasing bought leads, we miss out on opportunities elsewhere. Don’t waste time on leads that may not even convert at all.
By buying leads who are probably being pursued by our competitors, we fail to set ourselves apart. If we approach them at the same time as everyone else, we risk competing on cost alone.
At the start of the episode, we learned that most bought leads are poor quality and not exclusive. We discussed that bought leads are a poor allocation of our money, and spoke about why it’s important to upgrade our thinking and stop doing it the hard way.
We also discussed:
Why we should be hiring an expert to find leads for us
The importance of a third party endorsement
Why we should aim to be authorities, rather than prospectors
We may think that buying leads will save us time, but they actually do little to help us and our businesses. They are a poor investment of both our time and money, and stop us from showing potential clients what makes us unique. Buying leads is a poor choice, and one we need to stop making soon.
The vast majority of loan officers are earning under $75 000 per year, while the top earners are earning upwards of $500,000 annually. What is it that separates the top earners from this mediocre majority? Do they have a secret recipe that the rest of us don’t know about? On this episode, we’re discussing the traits shown by top producers.
Commitment and decisiveness are vital traits. We need to go all-in on achieving our goals, and refuse to entertain back-up plans or option B’s. Top producers don’t even consider failure an option.
Top producers don’t automatically have a secret recipe; they learn it from other high achievers. To be successful, we need to be willing to learn from others and leave our egos at the door.
We have to be resourceful to win. That means finding a way to achieve, no matter the circumstance.
At the start of the episode, we spoke about the vast difference in income between top producers and the mediocre majority. We discussed the importance of mindset in cultivating success, and learnt that being a top producer doesn’t mean sacrificing more. In fact, if we believe that sacrifice is needed for success, we’re only holding ourselves back.
We also discussed:
Why staying true to our values is necessary
How we need to accept that success doesn’t always come easily
How to view big obstacles as a prelude to big successes
The massive disparities in income between the average, mediocre loan officer and top producers all come down to mindset. Top producers are in the 1% of loan officers because they’re unwilling to compromise on their dreams. However, no one has all the answers right at the start. If we want to get ahead in the mortgage business, we need to be willing to listen to those who have achieved our goals. We can separate ourselves from the mediocre majority, but we have to be willing to find a way to win regardless of our circumstances.
Something most loan officers seem to struggle with is a resistance to recruiting Realtors. What keeps holding us back? How can we overcome our call reluctance and get rid of the almost universal mind block? On this episode, mortgage industry legend and coach, Peter Fickeisen shares why LOs resist recruiting Realtors- and how to overcome our reluctance.
Most loan officers avoid recruiting Realtors because we’re scared to get out of our comfort zone. To become more comfortable around others, we need to be more comfortable with ourselves.
For more successful interactions with Realtors, we need to know what we’re going to say to them. Write a list of points to speak about and guide an effective conversation.
Build relationships with Realtors by organizing appointments and reminding them of your purpose. Don’t arrive at their offices unannounced, and don’t waste time.
At the start of the episode, coach Peter Fickeisen shared the top 3 things holding loan officers back from reaching out to Realtors. He then explained what we can do to combat the issues, and reminded us of the importance of our mindset.
We also discussed:
How to start the day with confidence
What value we can offer Realtors
The importance of working with people whose personalities suit our own
Call reluctance is something that affects most loan officers, but it can be easily combated. We need to focus on our mindsets and build our confidence to overcome anxieties over leaving our comfort zone. We can also overcome our anxieties by becoming more prepared. Calling Realtors doesn’t need to be a source of distress- we just need to stop overthinking the process.
Peter Fickeisen is the Director of Business Development at Luxury Mortgage Corp. With over a decade of experience in mortgage banking, Peter has originated over $1 billion in home loans. He is passionate about creating and maintaining great relationships with clients and partners alike, and is known as a shining star in the industry.
We all want to go further in business, but sometimes we spend too much time focusing on small issues and not enough on the bigger picture. How can we increase our production and productivity, without sacrificing our personal lives? Where do so many coaching programs get it wrong? On this episode, branch manager at Integrity Mortgage Group, Samuel Borthwick shares how we went from $11k a month to over $87k a month- without sacrificing his role as a husband and father.
Don’t bully yourself into thinking it’s impossible to be a successful mortgage professional with a healthy personal life. It is possible- and within reach!
Know the motivation for success. While we want to make more money, most of the time our drive is based on a desire to do more for our families.
Be wary of coaching programs that teach us to work harder and longer- it’s not necessary.
At the start of the episode, Samuel explained the moment he realized he could achieve more. He then shared the process he went through in order to get to where he is now- from bad coaching programs that taught him to work harder, to a more sustainable approach. Samuel mentioned that while he’s in a better place now, he’s still motivated to keep learning and moving forward every single day.
We also covered:
The importance of perspective.
How ‘smile and dial’ tactics not only drain you, but push prospective clients away.
How to move from a mindset of ‘have to’, to one of ‘get to’
Many coaching programs get it wrong by suggesting we need to work harder and sacrifice more of our time in order to reach our goals. The reality is, we have the ability to maximize our production without giving up any of life’s more important moments. Once we understand what’s motivating us, we have a better chance of working with the bigger picture in mind.
Samuel Borthwick is the branch manager at Integrity Mortgage Group. After joining the Mortgage Marketing Coach in October 2018, Samuel has seen tremendous success in both business and in life. Samuel is a dedicated husband and father, and relishes any opportunity to spend more time with his family.
So many mortgage coaches promise single solutions that supposedly guarantee success. Are any of these singular options capable of creating longevity in the mortgage industry? If one-trick pony solutions aren’t a good idea, what should we be doing instead? On this episode, I share how we can build recession-proof businesses by diversifying our strategies.
Abandon the idea of a ‘magic pill’ that can transform your business. There is no single solution for long-lasting success.
Diversify your tactics so you don’t need to rely on only one strategy. The more back-up plans we have, the more we safeguard ourselves from any potential turbulence.
Take a multimedia approach to marketing campaigns. Use video, social media, direct mail and emails to ensure you touch base with your entire database and leave as little money on the table as possible.
At the start of the episode, I explained why we need to stop searching for single solutions to create recession-proof businesses. I mentioned how issues beyond our control have the ability to impact our businesses. The episode ended with a suggestion of how to offer amazing value to clients that separates us from the herd and puts us in the lead.
We also discussed:
Why we need to stop relying on strategies that worked a decade ago
The importance of having a clearly defined strategy
Why it’s vital to be proactive
In a world where everything is made easier and faster by technology, it’s natural for us to want quick, easy solutions to success. However, the reality is that for longevity, we need to have multi-pillared approaches to business. The great thing is, a diversified approach doesn’t automatically mean a more difficult route- on the contrary, if we build multimedia, multi-pronged businesses today, we proactively protect ourselves against recessions in the future.
Dealing with Realtors can be bring a lot of drama, especially if we’re dealing with arrogant agents. How can we take control of our partnerships and start choosing the ideal Realtors we want to work with? Do we have to work our way up the ranks, or can we start with the top dogs? On this episode, we’re discussing how to close more deals, without the drama.
Forget about the bottom feeders. The fastest way to the cash is through the top dogs, so we need to offer them unique value from the start.
Look for a select group of solid partners who send all their business, rather than a wide range who send a few clients.
Take control of partnerships: we should be interviewing Realtors, not the other way around.
At the start of the episode, I spoke about the importance of aiming for top dog Realtors. I then explained that to attract industry winners, we need to become winners ourselves. Without unique value and self-belief, we can’t expect others to believe in us.
I also discussed:
Why we need to become indispensable
How to own our power
Why we need to stop overcomplicating our approaches
Mortgage transactions become dramatic when we lose control over the processes. Control is key, especially if we want to avoid receiving phone calls from distressed Realtors at 10 o’clock on a Sunday night. We need to identify the unique value we bring to the table, and start owning our power and capabilities. We have it in ourselves to win- so what’s stopping us from dominating the market right now?
So many of us have been told that without a constant grind, we’re doomed to mediocrity. While there is certainly a need to grind at times, are we destined to overworking ourselves for the rest of our lives if we want to see success? How can we move away from that mentality, and start seeing results without putting in tons of work? On this episode, I’m sharing how you can get out of the grind, and move towards actually making money with fun, flow and fulfillment.
It’s important to identify our unique ability and do more of the things that have us performing optimally. These are the things we’re so good at, we may even lose track of time while doing them.
Remove the grind strategy. If we’re working hard because that’s what we’ve always done- we have to stop. It’s time to stop repeating the strategies that are tiring us out.
Get out of the grind mentality. Many of us believe we have to work hard because we’ve been programmed to think that way from childhood. That isn’t true- we need to start believing that we’re capable of great results without overworking ourselves.
At the start of the episode, I emphasized the importance of the grind when taking our lives to the next level. While I mentioned that it’s inevitable to go through challenges from time to time, however, I then explained why it’s important that adversity only takes up a small portion of your time.
I also discussed:
How to dance in your strengths and do what you LOVE
How grinding can actually hold you back from success
How to get out of that grind mentality
In business and in life, there will always be challenges to overcome. However, the way we approach those challenges makes all the difference. We need to stop limiting our abilities by believing we’re incapable of achieving your goals. Remove the strategies and mindsets that have been imposed on all of us, and start cultivating million-dollar beliefs. Own the fact that we have greatness within us, and that we are born to win.
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.