The Holiday Season is fun, but this enjoyment comes with costs which are not always clear to us.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m a sucker for the traditions associated with each Holiday. However, year after year “Holiday Hype” encourages us to regress to speaking in worn-out clichés (“I’m too young for this.”) and reacting to 20th Century stereotypes (“You’re too old for this.”). This regression can undermine forward-thinking advancements you’ve achieved during the year.
Through my work as a strategist, speaker, and writer, I encourage entrepreneurs, professionals, business owners, and others who are committed to carving out unique paths for their career and business ventures to become conscious of the particular “mental boomerangs” they launch during the Holidays. For instance, one of the most significant mental ruts deepened during the Holidays involves ageism or prejudice against age. Ageism and its related ageist stereotypes and myths undermine the confidence of individuals or groups for either being too young or too old in someone else’s opinion.
Ageism leaves its mark on every aspect of Holiday activities from partying to gift-buying. It can also effect your thinking and actions regarding any other subject, including real estate, you tackle during this period. Over the Holiday Season, cross generation communication is encouraged, but ageist tones can lead to negativity in the buying and selling process for real estate buyers, sellers, owners, and wanna-bes whether they are part of the groups listed above or not.
For instance, jokes and jibes about aging – self-directed and otherwise – get laughs, but these ageist jabs do not represent constructive humor. Prejudice never does.
During the Holidays, it’s easy to suffer from one or all of the above challenges while you are talking about real estate, or taking action on your homeownership dreams, so be proactive to protect your interests:
Over the weeks ahead, remain determined to enjoy all that comes your way, but stay just as determined not to take any backward real estate steps over the Holiday Season. Getting involved in local efforts to make the Holidays pleasant for those who are homeless or under-housed, may be the best real estate decision you can make for now.
Onward & Upward are the directions that really matter!
Have a good one and let me know if you need anything.