Expert Interview: Motivation and positive influences

In this interview we meet and chat with Chalice Springfield about motivation and surrounding yourself with positive influences. Chalice is the CEO and Managing Broker of Sears Real Estate in Greeley, Colo.

Here are Chalice's key points:

  • It's important to filter out the negative thoughts in our minds and put positive things in our head.
  • One of the key components of a successful real estate career is to set and monitor measurable goals. It's not enough to just have these goals in your head. Put them in writing, and check on your progress often.
  • Get into specifics with your goals, and consider action items that will lead toward reaching those goals.
  • One good way to get out of a rut—or "Funkytown," as Chalice calls it—is to start a gratitude journal. Before you got to bed each night, write down five things that you're grateful for. Sometimes it may only be simple things, but it's a good reminder of the pleasant things in life.
  • It's also good to evaluate the company you keep. Chalice says, "Do not hang out with drama queens and energy vampires." Surround yourself with positive people.

Chalice started at Sears Real Estate when she answered an ad to work in the mailroom on the job board at the University of Northern Colorado. She was just 19 years old and seeking employment to help put her through college. After earning her bachelor's degree at UNC, while working full-time at Sears Real Estate, she jumped into the world of real estate where she would find herself some 20 years later. Today, she is delighted to be the CEO/Managing Broker of Sears Real Estate. Chalice has sold real estate, worked in the mortgage and title industries, and currently manages almost 50 people (she calls it “herding cats").