What’s your Intention?

Perfection is a flaw. Kodawari, which is also an excellent yoga studio in South Tampa, is a Japanese concept of “a sincere, unwavering focus on what you’re doing, with a goal of making it perfect, while simultaneously knowing that perfection is impossible and that the work itself is most crucial.” Is your commercial appraising career crucial? Does it bring you meaning? To what value are your goals tied?

Intention. This word comes up often in yoga, which means where’s your brain at this second as you sit on your mat? Are you thinking about something that happened yesterday, worried about the future? Either way, you’re not in the moment. You haven’t set your intention mentally, spiritually or physically. You might just mechanically go through the motions of yoga class, but you’re missing most of the point. Life gets busy, but think about your original intention of why you got into your career.

I was at a yoga class in India and the teacher saw that our balance was less than Rodney Yee quality. So instead of the American version of yoga that sometimes goes from pose to pose rather quickly, we did “tree”…for about 45 minutes. At first I was annoyed, then frustrated, but ultimately settled into, “oh I get it, have patience since this is the point of our yoga practice, with this instructor, at this location, at this time.” I got schooled: why move onto additional poses if we didn’t do a great job with the first one?

Almost 100% of the time an appraiser will change some value, date or premise while the report is underway. Appraisers without the benefit of technology open up a Word doc and start the arduous journey from cover to cover. Hitting the page down (or down arrow) keys and wiggling your mouse 1,000+ times in a Word doc is not your highest and best use.

Juggling three balls at the same time is the primary challenge: Ball 1 Comp Management, Ball 2 Analysis and Ball 3 Word Processing. Remembering all the intricacies throughout the 100+ pages is exhausting and prone to mistakes. No software will make your reports error-free, but it will free you up to do what you should be getting paid for, the analysis.

Wabi sabi is the philosophy that nothing is finished, nothing is perfect and nothing lasts. So when it comes to implementation of productivity software, be patient, understand that it might be a slow process. However, if your appraisal career is most crucial to you, and you are focusing on what you’re doing, you will be satisfied to understand that your work is most crucial.

Vishal Ostwal suggests reinvesting energy on your business without analysis paralysis, “If you focus on every detail, try to make everything perfect, and become cautious about all the steps you take – you’ll end up doing nothing.” Vince Lombardi says it well, “perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Vishal and Vince are essentially asking, “What’s your intention?” Kodawari.