Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call


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



Know Your Value
How was your week? I hope that it was as special as you! Today, I would like to show you how things that are valuable and precious, do not decrease in value, regardless of the circumstances. At a recent conference, a popular speaker started off the session by holding up a $100 bill.  He asked, “Who would like this $100 bill?”  Everyone held up their hand.  He said, “I am going to give this $100 bill to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the bill up.  He then asked, “Who still wants it?”
All hands were still raised. “Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” Then he dropped the bill on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes. He picked it up, and showed it to the crowd. The bill was all crumpled and dirty.  “Now who still wants it?” All the hands still went up. “My friends, I have just showed you a very important lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $100. Many times in our lives, life crumples us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. You might even feel worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special – don’t ever forget it!

Something to Think About...
A man that I respect very much used to say:  Don’t feel bad when you make a mistake. You’re human. It happens. However, making the same mistake twice, is just plain dumb!

Weekly Action Plan
Are you remembering to send out these weekly emails to your clients and customers each week? These messages are designed for you to stay in touch with your clients. This is the time of the year when many of your clients will want to buy or sell their home.

Words of Wisdom
With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” – Dr. Wayne W Dyer

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”  – Brian Tracy

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call


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



You Don’t Need Luck
You don’t need the luck of the Irish to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but you do need a plan.  Folklore says that even though the rainbow tells people where the pot is, humans have to catch the leprechaun first in order to find it.  You have to be smart to catch the leprechaun, and the smart agents find their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow each year.  Your pot of gold is that amount of money that you want to make each year in real estate. The rainbow, or your path to the gold, is your business plan and action steps.  May the Luck of the Irish be with you this week.

Something to Think About
Throughout history, humans have chosen to believe in something to aim for. It does not matter how crazy it was, or unattainable it was in the eyes of many. Maybe this belief is what kept us moving forward.

Weekly Action Plan
Are you on track to hit your goals for the first quarter of 2017? If not, time to pull out the plan and re-evaluate. If so, Congratulations!

Words of Wisdom
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

“Learning is a gift. Even when pain is your teacher.” – Maya Watson

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened” – Mark Twain

“The past has no power over the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

“If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.” – Guy Finley

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call


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



Obstacles and Opportunities
How was your week? Any obstacles? It’s always great when our week is obstacle free, but that’s not always the case. It’s not the obstacle, but how you handle the obstacle that counts.  I am reminded of the story of the King who wanted to see how his people would handle obstacles. This king had a huge boulder placed in the middle of a road. Then he had his most trusted advisor hide nearby to see if anyone would try to remove the gigantic rock from the road.
The first people to pass by were some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers. Rather than moving it, they simply walked around it. A few loudly blamed the King for not maintaining the roads. Not one of them tried to move the boulder.
Finally, a peasant came along. His arms were full of vegetables. When he got near the boulder, rather than simply walking around it as the others had, the peasant put down his load to move the stone to the side of the road. It took a lot of effort but he finally succeeded.  Under the bolder was a purse, lying in the road where the boulder had been. The peasant opened the purse and discovered that it was stuffed full of gold coins and a note from the king. The king’s note said the purse’s gold was a reward for moving the boulder from the road.
The king showed the peasant what many of us never understand: every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.
Something to Think About
Think about your past. How many times has something happened that seemed like a disaster, at the time, but it forced you to take an alternative path, or do something that you would not have otherwise done? Now looking back, that obstacle or situation had a positive impact on your life. You are who you are today, because of those obstacles.
Weekly Action Plan
This week, when things don’t go as planned, don’t panic! Take a breath and look for an alternate plan, remembering that it might actually work out better.
Words of Wisdom
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. Joyce Meyer
Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you. Les Brown
Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. Jack Canfield
“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” – Paulo Coelho
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.”  – Edith Wharton

Thursday, March 2, 2017

4 Reasons to Settle in Syracuse

Image of Syracuse = John Arquette Properties

Buying a house is a major life change, especially if you're considering a new city. With Syracuse named one of the best places to live by U.S. News and World Report, the city is on the radar of many young families, empty nesters, and everyone in between. Here are four of the best reasons to think about moving to Syracuse.

Proximity to Weekend Getaways

Living in Syracuse means you have a bevy of entertainment options at your fingertips. You can get to Buffalo for a Bills game in three hours, or to New York City in just four. When you're close to home, it's just a short drive to the wine region of the Finger Lakes, and minutes to desirable suburbs with tons of shopping and dining.

Low Housing Costs

Purchasing a home is an expensive proposition, but those buying a house in Syracuse get more value for their money than in other U.S. cities. Not only is housing less expensive, but you'll also pay less for amenities like gym memberships, parking, and personal grooming.

Kid-Friendly Fun

Syracuse is a city on the younger side, with the median age of residents at just 30. With that in mind, it's a great place to consider buying a house if you have or plan to have children. Not only is it home to the 12-day Great New York State Fair, but favorite family locales within the city also include the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park.

Higher Education

Syracuse is, of course, home to Syracuse University, as well as close to such institutions as Cornell University, Ithaca College, and several State University of New York campuses.

With these benefits, it's no wonder that the city is so highly ranked as a potential home base. As a qualified realtor who specializes in the greater Syracuse area, I can help your family find the perfect home at the right price.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call!!!!


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



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



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



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