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3 Things You Are Probably Not Doing for Your Business

3 Things You Are Probably Not Doing for Your Business

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Michael Creed

Mortgage Leader in MKE and Music City

Do you find yourself Stressed? Overwhelmed?

Is life feeling out of control? Or maybe you’re not sleeping, or having relationship problems? Are your passions in life waning?

If any of that sounds familiar, then you’re likely not taking care of yourself the way you know you need to be.

First things first—I am not a guy working in the fitness industry, and I have nothing to sell you about health or wellness. No supplements for sale here. My days are invested in a quite different space—the mortgage industry—where I coach loan officers, business partners, and clients on ways to do the largest transactions of their lives in a different, better way.

You see, self-care is a crucial factor to consider in any business situation. It can help ensure that you remain productive, creative, and healthy in the workplace. Taking the time to look after yourself helps to reduce stress, improve overall well-being, and build resilience. It can be as simple as taking regular breaks throughout the day, nourishing your body with healthy snacks and meals, exercising regularly, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. By prioritizing self-care, you can stay focused, energized, and motivated to reach your business goals.

I know that the only way my team and I would have been able to achieve ranking in the top 1% of all mortgage originators in the US multiple years in a row, is because I put self-care at the top of my list on the daily. Without that, I cannot be the best leader for my business, the best husband to my wife, the best father to my children, or the best leader in the many other circles that I run.

Here’s what I do every morning to ensure that my mind, body, and spirit get the attention they deserve.
Step 1: Mind - Meditation

For me, meditation is a wonderful way to relax and refocus my mind.

In 2019, I had the opportunity to participate in a two-day meditation class where I learned how to properly meditate. According to my Oura ring, I meditated for a total of 42 hours in 2022 but had I hit my goal of two 20-minute sessions a day, I would have been closer to 243 hours. The mental clarity that came from the 42 hours was noticeable, I will strive to hit this goal in 2023.

The great thing is that you don’t need to take a class to start meditating. The first step is to start with a few minutes of deep breathing. Then, focusing on your breath and counting each breath, breathe in and out, bringing your attention inward and slowing your thoughts. But really, instead of DIYing it, search out a guided meditation app, or a meditation teacher (I can connect you with one), to get your meditation journey started.

Step 2: Body - Regular Workout Routine

In my opinion, a regular workout is important because it can help improve your overall physical health, mental well-being, and quality of life. Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. It can also increase energy levels, improve your mood, and reduce stress levels. Exercise can even help you to sleep better and boost your overall self-confidence. For me, regular exercise has been a great way to help me live a happier, healthier, best-shape-ever kind of life.

Step 3: Spirit - Daily Bible Study

We need to study something bigger than ourselves and for me, that is the Bible. Studying the Bible can be an incredibly helpful tool for gaining an understanding of God’s love and plan for our lives. Through the Bible, we can learn about God’s commands and teachings, discover stories of faith and courage, and gain insight into God’s character and nature. Studying the Bible can also help us to develop our spiritual life and grow in our understanding of God’s will for us. It might even help us learn that much of what we think the Bible says is not what we thought it said.

Regardless of your thoughts on the above, I know that finding that higher calling coupled with a bigger-than-myself mindset has helped me navigate my business in a vastly different, healthier way. It has helped shape who I am and even helped my business mindset. Try out some of these steps and let me know if they helped you out!

Michael Creed

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Michael Creed

marketing strategist

As a Producing Branch Manager, I’m responsible to manage all branch sales/non-sales personnel. My primary job responsibilities include originating residential mortgage loans, driving sales, recruiting amazing staff, training, and dealing with the rare personnel issue, as well as providing goals and objectives to the branch.