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Monday, July 20, 2020

President's Perspective


By Andy Mills, President

The past three months have forced all of us to change our “business as usual”.

As I reflect on the midway point of my Presidency at Columbus REALTORS®, I’m amazed to realize that we’ve had four board meetings via GoToMeeting and only two face to face. I’m not sure anyone would have predicted what events have unfolded in the first half of 2020 and I guess I’ve finally accepted the reality that this may be our new normal, at least for the foreseeable future.

When I step back and think about this “new normal”, it really has forced perspective on all of us. It has forced us to re-evaluate how we work, and the value of our time. It also has reminded us to stop trying to think too far into the future and to focus on the things that we can control in this moment, right now.

I think the biggest challenge that I see my family, friends, clients, and colleagues struggle with in our new reality is not having certainty. When things can get back to normal? What our world will look like in one, three, six, or even 12 months?

It becomes scary and overwhelming to think about all the potential things that may, or may not, happen. Rather than think about what may happen in the future, I have found that the way that I have gotten through the past three months has been to focus on creating positive thoughts for my day and then looking for opportunities based off of what I believe I want to happen. As a former psychology major, I really do believe that our thoughts impact what we do and how we respond to situations.

Twenty-three years ago, I attended an event in which the speaker, Rev. John Ross, provided the following to every member in the audience:


What do you see when you read the statement above?

Did you see opportunity is nowhere? Or opportunity is now here?

Ever since I heard that speech, my personal motto has been: Believe. See. Do. What you believe is what you see. What you see is what you do. What you do influences what happens in your life.

When you think that there is nothing going your way, you sometimes do not look for, or “see,” opportunity. Thus, it causes your actions to reflect your beliefs. When you change your mindset to focus on believing there is going to be an opportunity, that is what you look for, thus changing your actions and the outcomes in your life.

As an optimist, for me these past three months have been as challenging as ever to remain positive, but with continued support of each other we will come out of these unprecedented times stronger than we were before. Columbus REALTORS® will continue to do everything we can to support our members.

Always remember that we are, and will be, Better Together.

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