Focused Thinking for Business and Commercial Real Estate

By Forrest Blake

In today’s environment we are forced to be doers and not thinkers.  Our time is spent scheduling daily task, without consideration of whether those tasks have any relationship to our ultimate goals.  Saturated with e‑mails, phone calls, pages, meetings and rushing home to the family and a whole additional set of time sensitive tasks.  With all of these “To do’s” and interruptions, how could a person ever clear their mind to think, especially focused thinking? The difference between computers and humans is that humans have the ability to adapt to real-world situations. We think creatively, out of the box, or do we? Computers react to input form the user, then quickly process the task with the underling software program. Sound familiar?

As a Qualified Tenant Representative doing commercial real estate leasing in Los Angeles and Orange County, it is important that I use the following techniques to maximize the results of real estate transactions for my clients.


Let’s look at the benefits or creating a habit of focused thinking?

1. Gives the ability to appraise likely solutions to problems.

2. Vision of the entire scope of a project before it begins.

3. Understanding of the ramifications of each action.

4. Developing strategies to eliminate wasted time.

5. Effective decision making.

6. Eliminate starting projects with the wrong set of criteria, established without much thought, and then having to start over again.

7. Time to surround yourself with the best people to support and execute any business activity.

8. Reflecting on mistakes to make them a learning experience.

9. Identifying your talents, then exploiting them. Delegating everything else to people, who’s talents you don’t possess.

10. The ability to ask the right questions.

Being the CEO of Fairway Vacations and working in the Commercial Real Estate industry, focused thinking is mandatory. Most of the vision, actions and results come out of a daily routine of focused thinking.

I cherish quite time I have to think. Usually, it is between 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. in the morning when there are no distractions.  Sometimes, I just sit and stare out the window as the sun rises in the horizon. It doesn’t take long until the mind is clear and the ideas began to flow. The key element for anyone is to make the commitment to spend time with their thoughts. If we could just slow down long enough to think, amazing things will happen.

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” Joel Barker

“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.” Napoleon Hill

“Many have no happier moments than those that they pass in solitude, abandoned to their own imagination, which sometimes puts sceptres in their hands or miters on their heads, shifts the scene of pleasure with endless variety, bids all the forms of beauty sparkle before them, and gluts them with every change of visionary luxury.” Johnson

“The shorter way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.” Mozart

“Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.”

Ray Knight

“Often he who does too much does too little.” Italian Proverb

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