Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Wake Up Call


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



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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Four Tips to Freshen Up Curb Appeal in the Syracuse Winter

When selling your home in Syracuse, it is a great idea to organize an open house. If this open house is occurring during the harsh winter months, there are a few steps you'll want to take to give the property a little more curb appeal.

snowy evergreen

Add Exterior Lighting

As winter approaches and daylight hours become less and less, it can be hard to fully appreciate the exterior of a home when first pulling up to it. A few outdoor lighting options include installing a lantern on either side of the front door or adding lights along the walkway leading to the front door. Floodlights may also be necessary to highlight architectural details you'd like to accentuate for potential buyers and give the whole home a warm glow.

Subtle Decorations

During open houses, buyers want to be able to see themselves in the home they are viewing, and this is hard to do with big and bold decorations. Instead, when selling your house, stick with subtle decorations that offer a warm and inviting vibe. During the Syracuse winter, a seasonal wreath on the front door looks nice, as do a few white lights around a porch railing or the bushes in the front yard.

Winter Tolerant Plants

There are plenty of winter tolerant plants to consider using during the winter months that will help freshen up your curb appeal. Hearty grasses and evergreens work well for planters on the porch or near the front entrance, especially with accenting ceramic pots in warm tones that match the home. Winter hazels and pansies are also nice additions.

Your local realtor can offer additional suggestions on how you can increase your curb appeal during the Syracuse winter. Of course, don't forget the most obvious task to clear any snow or ice and make a safe entrance into the home. Incorporating these tips when selling your home will help create a memorable and inviting experience, even during the coldest winter months.

Monday Morning Wake Up Call

Monday Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead



Healthy Goals
What are your top three goals for 2017? Getting fit, or losing weight is consistently in the top three goals that are made on January 1st. Getting physically fit is easier said than done, and sometimes, making the effort becomes too much to handle. A whopping 73% of people who included some type of fitness goal when making their resolutions gave up before they reached the finish line. And 42% said it was just too difficult to stick to a regimen while 36% blamed a lack of time. If your goal is to get in shape, or lose weight, start slow but stay consistent and your odds of success go way up!

Something to Think About
If you can tough it out for 90 days, you've got a much better shot at making the change permanent. Nearly 40% of people who make resolutions forget about them by March, but the dropout rate levels off substantially after that point.

Weekly Activity
Ask 10 of your friends what their top three goals are for 2017, then share these statistics and work together to “make it happen”!

Words of Wisdom
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -Zig Ziglar

Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them. -Les Brown

The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. -John C. Maxwell

I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals. -Harvey Mackay

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call


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



What an exciting time of the year as we welcome in 2017! Happy New Year! Did you join the New Year's Eve resolution bandwagon when the ball dropped? Well, you are in good company. Approximately 45% of Americans make at least one resolution in January. But you might be the only one of your friends keeping them!

Whether it's a lack of willpower or unrealistic goals that are to blame, most people have difficulty sticking to their New Year's resolutions. Just 8% of people who make them will still be committed to them by the end of the year. Especially if you find yourself really busy and crunched for time most days. How well you manage your time apparently has a significant influence over whether you're able to maintain your resolutions during the year. Nearly 40% said that the number one reason they couldn’t follow through was their need to juggle too many other activities.

For many people, the first month after making a resolution is the hardest, but if you can get through it, you significantly up the odds of it becoming a permanent change. Unfortunately, roughly one in three people won't even last 31 days, so you really have to buckle down and keep your eyes on the prize if you want to still be going strong by February.

Something to Think About
One of the reasons why people seem to have so much difficulty adhering to their resolutions is they set the bar too high. Deciding that you're going to run a marathon may seem impossible, but you can take some of the pressure off by taking small steps (run a 10K one year, then a half marathon, before taking on the 26 miler). 35% of those who successfully fulfilled their resolutions broke them down into more easily achievable goals.

Weekly Activity
Set aside some time this week to go back and review those goals, or resolutions. Are they attainable? Are you willing to set aside the time needed to achieve those goals?

Words of Wisdom
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. -Melody Beattie

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. -Hal Borland

Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. -Goran Persson

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. -Neil Gaiman

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. -Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, December 29, 2016

What Makes the Colonial Style Timeless?

The Colonial style is still one of the most popular housing blueprints on the market. This speaks volumes about its classic features, including symmetry, an emphasis on windows, and, of course, lots of rooms. Buying a home may feel like a risky process, but the Colonial is always a safe bet. This list of features you will show you whether or not Colonial style is fitting for you and your family.

A Quick History

The Colonial style can be traced all the way back to the 1600s when London was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London. The lead architects in the rebuilding effort were inspired by Greek and Roman ruins, including columns and the use of symmetry. The model spread as Europeans began their colonies in America across the original 13 states. This distinct type of building spread, picking up regional characteristics as it did. From the beginning, it was characterized by its boxy, broad style. Typically, there are four rooms on each floor, allowing lots of room for bedrooms, guest rooms, and studies. Steep roofs keep snow off in the winter and drain rain the rest of the year.

Soothing Symmetry

A Colonial is easy to spot because of its symmetry, which, to me, is very appealing. There's usually a window over the front door and two box windows on each side, on each level of the house. I love the way that some Colonial homes have chimneys coming out of the middle of the roof, directly over the front door. This really brings the look together, from the ground all the way to the top. Buying a Colonial home is much easier when you know what to expect aesthetically.

Southern Variations

I have a soft spot for high ceilings, which were popular in the southern Colonial style to keep air moving. The extra height opens up the space and makes for a relaxed mood in the house, plus it gives us more room for innovative designs and art! French influences may be seen with details such as columns, a large front porch for socializing, or both. This can give the front a distinct yet classical look.

Modern Evolution

Buying a home is similar to finding the right canvas to paint upon, as brass knockers, shutters, and gilt indoor mirrors are popular additions. The Colonial model also serves as a good foundation for ambitious homeowners that want to showcase columns or second-floor decks. Even in tighter neighborhoods, the taller Colonial homes allow for optimum space at a reasonable price.

John Arquette Properties has experienced real estate agents to assist all our customers in buying a home. Our extensive knowledge of the Syracuse area will make sure we find every customer the right house.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Monday Wake Up Call

Monday Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead



New Year, New Goals
Wow, it seems like yesterday that we were bringing in the New Year of 2016, and now here it is again. In a few days, another New Year will begin. When you think of your new year, will it look like last year, or will it be a year of change for you? When you think of change, what change would you like to see in your life this year? Does it pertain to your health, your wealth, your relationships, or your habits? More importantly, why do we decide that we are going to make a change, but then fail to follow through on the commitment? According to a University of Scranton study, 92 percent of people that set New Year's goals never actually achieve them. If you want to break the cycle, do what the other 8 percent of goal-setters, the successful ones, do consistently and exceptionally well. By setting specific and challenging goals, it led to higher performance 90% of the time.

Basically, the more specific and challenging your goals, the higher your motivation will be to hit them. That explains why easy or vague goals rarely get met. Here's an example: If your goal between now and the end of the year is to lose 20 pounds, that may be challenging, but it's not specific enough. Eliminate vagueness and make it more achievable by stating it this way: During the month of January, I will lose five pounds by cutting off refined sugar, breads, and all fast food. I will also walk briskly for twenty minutes every day. When you have that much clarity around your goal, your chances of hitting the mark increase dramatically. On the flip side, goals that are too difficult to hit don't get met either. While it's important to challenge yourself, nobody completes a goal when he/she is overwhelmed by facing a mountain they can't climb.

While you may think the successful 8% are born predisposed to these talents, research says that successful people achieve their goals not because of who they are, but more often because of what they do. Aristotle nailed it more than 2000 years ago when he said, "We are what we repeatedly do." By practicing these skills, expect to dramatically improve your rate of finishing strong.

Something to Think About
The 8 percent have an internal compass that keeps them locked in until they reach the top of the mountain. It's a belief system of "do whatever it takes" that is intrinsically motivated at their core.

Weekly Activity
Take a quick moment and check in with yourself. If, at the core of your being, you don't have the desire or passion to pursue the goal, it doesn't matter how specific, challenging, or sexy your goal may sound -- you're not going to reach it. Questions to ask yourself: How badly do I want it? Who's holding me accountable to the end? Is my heart truly in it from the start? What's life going to look like once I complete the goal? In the end, will it be worth it?

Words of Wisdom
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” - By Helen Keller

“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” - Hal Borland

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” - Melody Beattie

“Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.”- Melody Beattie

“It Doesn’t Matter Where You Came From. All That Matters Is Where You Are Going.” - Brian Tracy 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday Wake Up Call


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



This week, let’s talk about something that will make a difference in the world in 2017, and in the lives of others. Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” The size of the thing does not matter, but what we do, or do not do about it, does. If you were to sit and reflect on how the world could be better, what would be at the top of your list? Would you want to do something about the many children living in poverty in America? Recycling? Addiction? Building a Healthier Tomorrow by investing in children today? Or something that is perhaps more personal to you? Each of us is surrounded by situations or conditions that require the attention of those who care. This is our world. How we treat it, and those within it, is the responsibility of everyone in it. When you fully embrace that thought, you can begin to make a difference in the world and those in it. What will you do to make a difference in the world in the coming year?

Something to Think About
You don’t have to be Martin Luther King, or Sister Teresa to make a difference. A kind word or gesture is all it takes to make a positive impact in a life or in the world. The thought for this week is Kindness.

Weekly Activity
How can you show kindness to someone this week? It might be as simple as picking up the phone and calling someone that you have not reached out to in many years. When is the last time that you offered to let someone who was in a hurry to go in front of you in line at the store? Have you witnessed the smile on the face of an elderly person who you pick up their bill for coffee or lunch? Have fun this week. Challenge yourself to see how many random acts of kindness can you fit into the week?

Words of Wisdom
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop

“Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” - Dennis Prager

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” - Og Mandino

“It's not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even - or rather, especially - when we'd prefer not to be.” - Josh Radnor