President's Message - February 2019

Considering we just transitioned into the regional MLS (MRMLS), I think it's a great opportunity to talk about handling change.

I'd like to point out that this is not a "new" FlexMLS. It is the same FlexMLS system we have been in for the past several years. We have new ways to search and work within FlexMLS now that we are part of the MRMLS.

I understand that change isn't always easy and can be really uncomfortable. However, change can also present many opportunities for growth and development. Change is a choice - you can either accept it positively or resist it with negativity. Acknowledging change and having an open mind to learning is a step toward completing the task. Staying in a positive frame of mind allows you to work through changes/challenges and move forward. In addition, the more you work within the MRMLS the more familiar it will be and you'll find it easier to access what you need. Take the time to watch the help videos and read the guides and glossaries. I say this to my buyers and sellers often when in the grind of the home buying process -”This will be uncomfortable, and you need to adapt and roll with the punches, because after you complete your transaction, you will probably forget about the whole process in a week or two."

With that said, I wanted to give you 5 quotes and steps to help us embrace change:

1) “Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.” —Joan Wallach Scott

2) “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” —Henry Ford

3) “Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” —Arthur Rubinstein

4) “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” —Bill Clinton

5) “Never be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something even Better”

It's going to take time to adapt to the MRMLS system but I’m confident we will all get through it. In our business we are experts at being flexible and responsive to changes. You’ll eventually like what the system offers...possibly like it more than what we had before. Change can be frustrating and scary. However, with the right attitude, outlook and actions, you can find opportunities in that change.

Josh Lind

2019 GFAR President

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