Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call!!!!

 

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:
Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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Time
Here’s a great thought to start your day. Imagine you had a bank account that deposited $86,400 into your account each morning. The only catch is that at the end of the day, if there is money left in the account, you lose whatever part of the amount you failed to spend that day. What would you do? Draw out every dollar each day-right?
We all have such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Each night, it destroys whatever is left unused. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s a loss you can’t get it back.
The time you have is the time you have and that is that. Time management is yours to decide how you spend the tim. Just as with money, you decide how you spend your time. We are all given the same amount each day. How we use it, determines not only how our day flows – but also how our future is molded.  Use it wisely.  

Something to Think About: 
If you had to keep a journal of how you spent each minute of each day, and explain it to your coach for life, would you be making a lot of excuses or feeling good about the way you spent your time?

Weekly Activity 
This week, live your life as though you were being held accountable for each moment.  At the end of the day, ask yourself: Did you make a difference? Do you feel good about how you spent your day? Are you closer to your goals? Did you positively touch the lives of others? Did you make an impact on your own life?

Words of Wisdom
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs

Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin

Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present. Bil Keane

“How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss


Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call!!!

 

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:
Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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When Adversity Knocks

Was there something that happened this past week that got you a little down?  We can’t stop the stuff from happening but we can control how it affects us. One of my favorite stories is about a daughter who complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes, he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied. “Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face. “Father, what does this mean?” she asked. He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Something to Think About

In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us. Will you let things soften you, toughen you – or transform you?  The choice is YOURS.

Weekly Activity

This week, be a coffee bean! To honor that transformation, extend invitations for coffee to five of your best customers, or drop a Starbucks gift card in the mail to them just as a way to say thank you!

Words of Wisdom

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one's journey is easy. It's how they handle it that makes people unique. Kevin Conroy

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Charles R. Swindoll

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. Wayne Dyer

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus 


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead!

 

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

How was your weekend? Did you experience something new or did you stay in the comfort zone of life?  This week, I was reminded of the story of the elephant and the rope, which is a great lesson for life.

As a young man was passing the elephants at the zoo, he suddenly stopped. He noticed that those huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.  He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The young man was amazed. These animals could, at any time, break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they stayed stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief which is holding us in one place, simply because we failed at it once before?

It’s a great time of year to identify what’s holding you back, and what ideas or beliefs you’ve tied yourself to that could be keeping you from the success you desire!

Something to Think About

I often meet people who tell me why they can’t do something. More often than not, there is something in their internal belief system that is holding them back. I love the quote from Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!”  The next time you think you can’t do something, stop and ask yourself why you have that belief. Then trade that old idea in for a new, abundant mindset that will help propel you towards your goals this year.

Weekly Activity

Challenge one of your beliefs this week. Take something that you don’t think you can do, but would like to do, and see if you can find a way to make it happen!

Words of Wisdom

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. Robert Kennedy

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. Johnny Cash

In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Seven Questions for an Open House Visit

The open house is an ideal chance for potential buyers to acquire a sense and feel of a home and its property, its neighborhood or subdivision, and nearby shopping, dining, and conveniences. It's also an opportunity to get some eye-to-eye answers from the seller's agent, who is most likely hosting the open house. If you're seriously looking for a home to purchase, make sure you do some research on it before ringing the doorbell. Prepare yourself to ask some tough questions.

Price


What are comparable prices of similar homes in the neighborhood, subdivision, or nearby areas currently listed or recently sold in this price range? Does this home measure up or not? Has it been reduced in price? If so, how many times?

Days on the Market


The agent should be able to explain the home's days on the market (DOM) in context. A home recently listed speaks for itself. But if it's been on the market for months it begs the question, why? Is it overpriced? Does it have hidden problems? Or, as the open house agent might explain, the sellers had an offer that collapsed due to buyer financing or other reasons.

Offers


Offers reflect serious interest, and if the agent already has an offer on a home that's been on the market for a week or two, chances are it's priced right. But if it's been for sale for months with few or no offers, scrutinize its price, the number of price reductions, its location, and problems that may exist in the house itself. More information on these possibilities can provide leverage in any negotiations.

Disclosures


By law, the seller must disclose any and all problems and code violations they know exist in their home. A written seller's disclosure should be available in all open houses. If not, ask the agent to provide a list of all existing and potential issues. If you're really interested in the home, visit and take pictures of areas of concern. Check out such obscurities as the age of electrical wiring and age and condition of the roof.

Reason for the Sale


Ask the open house agent why the homeowner is selling. New job elsewhere? Moving up? Downsizing? Retiring? The agent is not required to disclose information like this, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Utilities


Depending on the size of the house, utility bills can be significant. Plan ahead before making an offer, especially if you've been living in an apartment. Utility bills can hit your budget hard.

Location


Is the home's subdivision or neighborhood child-friendly? Is there an abundance of retired people? Do nearby taverns flourish on weekends? Some buyers welcome a tight-knit community of individuals in similar stages of life and experiences. Others seek privacy and respect for it. The open house agent or your agent can clarify this for you.

Keep in mind that open houses are a major opportunity for the sellers to showcase properties to potential buyers. Take advantage of it to measure your interest as well.

Monday Wake Up Call

 

Monday Wake Up Call:
Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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Get to the OTHER Side
I hope it was a great month for you. Are you still on track with your goals and resolutions? Market research shows that by the second week of February, some 80 percent of those resolution-makers are at home with a new kind of remorse and disappointment staring back at them in the mirror. Why is it that such good intentions, like getting fit, losing weight and improving our lives, seems so elusive?

Unless you first change your mind, don't expect your health goals to materialize. The unfortunate truth is that change, all change, entails some degree of emotional friction, which in turn generates a "heated state" we call stress. Whether you're feeling anxious, depressed, frustrated, fatigued, weak and out of control, or simply bored, emotional friction (stress) becomes the high-octane fuel of failure. When it comes to handling the stress involved in change, many well-adjusted, happy, overweight, out-of-shape people share the fundamental problem of self-sabotage. Why? They lack self-discipline.

Essentially, you build self-discipline by willfully enduring the transient discomfort of changing who and what you are. You're not born with self-discipline; you acquire it. Like a muscle, you need to develop your self-discipline muscle, one challenge at a time. Starting today, instead of reflexively feeling a need to minimize or escape the friction involved in change, recognize instead the need to endure it. Bottom line: Don't bail now! Keep the faith – and the pace until you are on the other side of discomfort and well on your way to success.

Something to Think About
If you made it this far, you have outperformed 80% of your friends, family and peers. Great job! That’s amazing, and it’s just the kind of start that you needed to have your most amazing year ever!

Weekly Activity
It’s time for celebration! If you have stayed on track, treat yourself to a special day/ night this week doing something you enjoy, but don’t fall off track! Create a vision of what you really want, and hold that focus in your mind each day.

Words of Wisdom
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. - Colin Powell

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. - Henry Ford

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. - Benjamin Franklin 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Wake Up Call!

 

Monday Wake Up Call:
Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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What's It Going to Be?
This is the fourth week since setting your goals for 2017. Just saying you're going to make a New Year's resolution really isn't enough; you must have the right mindset and be completely dedicated to what you want to do. Even though around 60% of people have stumbled on keeping their resolutions by the six-month point, those who make the initial commitment are still 10 times more likely to successfully change their behavior. Congratulations on being that person who is way ahead of the crowd when it comes to change, but you are not out of the woods yet. The first mile marker to yearlong success is to make it 30 days! If you are younger, chances are it’s a little easier. The older you get, the harder it becomes to ditch certain habits or bad behaviors. Middle age is when people begin to slow down on their resolution making. When asked how likely they were to make a resolution in the new year, 54% of people under age 45 said very likely, compared to 37 of those aged 45 and up. Stay strong and ask yourself, “What’s it going to be?”

Something to Think About
Does that mean that we don’t care as much as we get older? Have there been too many failures? Too tired?

Weekly Activity
It’s time to get re-energized! Regardless of age, or excuses, let’s pump some energy into those goals and resolutions this week!

Words of Wisdom
Grit is that 'extra something' that separates the most successful people from the rest. It's the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. -Travis Bradberry

If you can dream it, you can do it. -Walt Disney

Be magnificent. Life's short. Get out there. You can do it. Everyone can do it. Everyone. -Andy Serkis

Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough. -Richard M. DeVos

You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.- Ralph Marston 


Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Wake Up Call

 

Monday Wake Up Call:
Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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Goal Motivators
Having someone to cheer you on or call you out when you get off track is a great way to stay on the right track with your resolutions. 59% of those who had a "referee" to monitor their progress eventually achieved their goal compared to 29% who were going it alone. Money is also a great incentive. Dangling a financial carrot in front of your nose may be just the push you need to stand your ground when it comes to your New Year's resolutions. The idea is that you'll be more likely to hang in there, and according to Stickk data, almost 80% of users report success when there's money on the line.

Something to Think About
That’s why a coach is a great resource and tool when it comes to accountability and staying on track until you hit that goal. It takes an average of one commission per year to pay for a coach.

Weekly Activity
Find someone to keep you on track: an accountability partner, coach, friend or your Broker.

Words of Wisdom
Accountability breeds response-ability. -Stephen Covey
On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable. –Joe Dumars
Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to results. –Anonymous
The best way to predict the future is to create it. –Peter Drucker
At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves - our success is a result of what we do. - Catherine Pulsifer