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Live the Miracle!

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

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

Live the Miracle!
Good morning and how was your week? Did you witness a miracle in your life or the life of someone you love?  This week, I would like to share a poem by Ralph Marston. Enjoy!

Live the miracle

Life is what you make it. Make it beautiful.

Your very best days are the days when you live with true purpose and joy. Make today one of those days.
Fill this moment with meaning. Fill this life with the pure and limitless love that flows from deep within you.
There are unique opportunities in every situation. Focus on bringing to life those possibilities that create the most value.
Allow the best that is within you to freely flow far, far beyond you. Fall in love with life all over again and again.
Feel the awesome power of purpose. And truly live the miracle that is you. — Ralph Marston

Something to Think About
It’s so simple but so profound. It’s what we want for those we care about. My wish you for this week is to live the miracle!

Weekly Activity
Pick any single line from the poem about and apply it this week.

Words of Wisdom
Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.  ? Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. – Lou Holtz

Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It’s up to you to choose which you will be. – Harvey Mackay

May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down. – Sara June Parker

The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.  – Dennis S. Brown


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What Are Your Focused On?

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

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

What Are Your Focused On?
At a time when there is so much negative info in the world, it’s time to pay attention to what you are absorbing daily. Be more conscious of the information that you are exposed to. What blogs do you read? What shows do you watch? What books do you read? What stories do you read in the newspaper? Whose opinion do you seek? What do you focus on throughout your day? This isn’t about being in denial or out of touch with what’s going on in the world. It’s about understanding how the content that we let into our minds and spirits affect our ability focus, move forward with momentum, bring our best selves to our work and our families, and about creating an extraordinary life. Are you more focused on the negative situation or are you gathering info that you will allow to you contribute to a positive change? When you constantly take in negative influences, they will start to show up in other areas of your life.  Keep your frequency high and do your work and live from a place of power and joy.

Something to Think About
The news stations are famous for keeping a tragedy alive for hours, days, and even weeks.  When you are working, with the news on in the background, reliving that situation over and over, you are pouring negativity into your subconscious on a continuous loop. Remember, as Napoleon Hill shared, “Thoughts are things.” And thoughts are the roots of what manifests in your life. Be mindful of your influences. Guard yourself against toxic thoughts just as you would guard any other toxin you might put into your body.

Weekly Activity
This week try this: Listen to the news to see what is happening and then turn it off until the next day. If you want something in the background, listen to music, motivational speakers, comedy, anything except hours of sadness and tragedy. And when it’s time for bed, definitely do NOT put on the news and set a timer to fall asleep to the news! Dr. Wayne Dyer spoke eloquently about the things we think about before we fall asleep are like planting seeds for what we’d like to manifest in our lives. Think about the seeds your planting before you lay your head to rest at night!

Words of Wisdom
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. -Henri Nouwen

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively use words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. -Yehuda Berg

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. -Joyce Meyer

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you. -Joel Osteen

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. -Peace Pilgrim


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Exhaustion.

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

Exhaustion.
It’s been a great, but very busy year so far and everyone is talking about how they are feeling.  Are you exhausted? The belief that taking time off will cause everything to fall apart is not only unhealthy, it’s not true. Life goes on when you slow down and take time for you. If you don’t take time off, your body eventually will put its foot down and make you slow down. Bodies do it all the time. Stress is a leading cause of cancer, heart attacks, liver failure, grouchiness and a sudden lack of breath. Aside from the health issues, taking time to do the things that inspire you, should be a priority because that’s why we work so hard. So that we can enjoy life and those in our life. This is not a luxury reserved for the people who are smarter, richer, or less bogged down than you are. It’s a luxury reserved for people who take the time to figure it out and choose to design a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Something to Think About
What’s the point of making lots of money and saving it until we are 70+ and finally have “time”? No one knows how much time they will have, or what the quality of life will be when we finally determine that we “have the time” to slow down and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Think how silly that sounds. If you are too old to work, how much pleasure will you have playing and traveling? What is more important than you and those you care about?

Words of Wisdom
Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour. – Walt Whitman

We are always getting ready to live but never living. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. – Henry David Thoreau

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. – Thich Nhat Hanh


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What is Your True Calling?

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

What is Your True Calling?
While there are many people who have always known what they were going to do and what they were destined to do, the majority of people spend most of their life looking for that one thing that they are supposed to do. Do yourself a favor and let yourself off the hook if you haven’t figured out that one “big thing”. Instead, start feeling good about the fact that you’ll probably fulfill several callings throughout your life.  If you think about it, it makes more sense that we evolve with age, right?  When I think about who I was in my twenties, compared to who I am today, I can’t imagine my life without all those stages of growth and development. I evolved into who I am and that is who I am supposed to be. I responded to what resonated with me at each bend in the road and hit a few roadblocks, but they always provided a few and rewarding path. Follow what feels good in the moment. Follow your intuition and it will lead you through a most excellent life!

Something to Think About:
Perhaps it’s not about discovering that “one thing” for everyone but knowing when to move on to another thing when you are no longer feeling challenged, interested or engaged.  I think we all know when we are on the right path, but what happens when that path suddenly turns into a fork in the road?

Weekly Challenge:
If you know someone who is feeling bored with their life, help them to find a new path. Perhaps take a new agent under your wing and share some valuable insights. When we help others, we create a lift in our own lives and often spark a connection to our calling.

Words of Wisdom
The best way to ensure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally. – Deborah Day

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Bryne

The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better. – Robert F. Kennedy

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously. – Steve Maraboli

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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Forgive Yourself!

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

Forgive Yourself!
Today’s message is a very important one, and it’s one that we all need to embrace. Everyone messes up at some point, some more than others. If you have messed up in the past, there’s a good chance you will mess up again because humans are born with the ability to make spectacular mistakes! Dragging around guilt and self-criticism is not healthy and utterly pointless. You won’t be a better person who never messes up again for feeling guilty or bad about yourself, but you will rob yourself of your ability to bounce back.

Guilt, shame, and self-criticism are some of the most destructive forces in your life, which is why forgiving yourself is one of the most powerful things you can do.

An easy way to let go of something that you feel badly about is to try this simple exercise. Repeat the following: “Holding onto my bad feelings about this does nothing but harm me, and others I care about. It’s preventing me from enjoying my life fully. I am an awesome person. I choose to enjoy my life and I choose to let this go.” Start each day by repeating this phrase until you feel free of the guilt or bad feeling.

It might take a week, or a month or a year, but at some point, you will let go of things that still haunt you from your past.

Something to Think About
We all make mistakes. It’s how you handle it that makes all the difference.

Weekly Challenge
Think of something that you are carrying around and let it go!

Words of Wisdom
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

“The truth is unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” – Steve Maraboli

“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” – Rita Mae Brown

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” – Oprah Winfrey


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Trust your Intuition

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

Trust your Intuition
Did you ever stop to think about how birds use their intuition to navigate their way to breeding grounds halfway across the world? Deer, rabbits, and other prey use their intuition to avoid running into predators. The average human, on the other hand, will take the advice of a total stranger, or the person who sits at the desk next to them instead of doing what they know, deep down inside, is the right or best thing. How many times have you thought, in hindsight, I knew I should have listened to my gut?

Every one of us has an incredible inner guidance that we can use whenever we need it.  When there is an important decision to make, don’t run around asking everyone what you should do. Instead, find a quiet place and give yourself time to feel, think, and contemplate. You have all the answers inside of you. Practice sharpening your intuition, take the time to strengthen your connection to your own inner voice, and trust that you know what’s best for you. The more centered and tuned-in you are, the mightier you will be!

Something to Think About
A thinking mind is an awesome tool that’s meant to be used, but it pales in comparison to that inner voice that you have.  Animals have always relied solely in their instincts. They don’t need to know why, they just do what they know is right, based on their instincts. They trust they will get to where they are going, and they do. Why do humans have such a difficult time listening to their gut or their instinct?

Weekly Challenge
This week, find a quiet time to sit down and review your goals for this week, this month, and this year—then follow your gut, or your instincts, no matter what! See what happens.

Words of Wisdom
Intuition is seeing with the soul.” – Dean Koontz

“You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.” – C. Joy Bell C.

“Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.” – Madeleine L’Engle

“When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.”  – Kahlil Gibran

 


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Love Yourself!

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

Love Yourself!

I hope you had an awesome weekend, and I hope that you love yourself, for the unique person that you are and the value that you bring to the lives of others.

Too often people base their self-worth on what other people think and allow that to be the ruling belief.   I do however think that the opinions of others can offer us an opportunity to benefit from an outside opinion, especially if they know you well.  We have all heard of constructive criticism, but there is also constructive complementing.

If someone close to you tells you that you are always blowing up at people who disagree with you, perhaps you should ask yourself, “Is this true?” If so, use that feedback to make the necessary changes, but if it is not true, let it go!

If your friends always tell you that you are a good listener, ask yourself, if that is a true compliment, and if so, how can you use it to better yourself and the life of others?  If it is not true, let it go.

Sometimes it’s easier for others to see what we cannot see in ourselves, allowing us to connect with our truths and live better, authentic lives and to contribute to those lives around us!

Something to Think About
It still ultimately comes down to what is true for you. The more connected you are to your inner truth, the easier it will be the use the outside opinions to your advantage, rather than let them rule your life.

Weekly Challenge
Love yourself this week and every week, because it’s the Holy Grail of Happiness. Reach out to at least five favorite clients as well and let them know how much you love being their REALTOR.

Words of Wisdom
“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Ian Wallace

Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.” – Steve Maraboli

“Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are.” – Stephanie Lahart

“Whatever you do be gentle with yourself. you don’t just live in this world or your home or your skin. You also live in someone’s eyes.” – Sanober Khan


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Follow Your Dreams & Fantasies

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

Follow Your Dreams & Fantasies

What do you fantasize about when you’re staring out the window of a train, or before you fall to sleep at night? What are your thoughts when you’re pretending to listen to someone who is really boring and talking your ear off? Are you on stage doing standup comedy in front of hundreds of fans? Are you surrounded by your beautiful children in a field of flowers, or are you being celebrated for an amazing contribution to the world?

Did you know that our fantasies are the most revealing peepholes into who we are and what we think is awesome? No matter how crazy, how “out there” or how impossible they might seem, our fantasies represent our biggest and best version of ourselves.

If money were not an issue, and you could do what it is that brings you great joy, versus what you need to do to survive, what would you do?

Something to Think About
Our fantasies are our realities in an excuse-free world.

Weekly Challenge
This week when you find yourself fantasizing about something on TV, or in life, ask yourself, why not me? What version of this fantasy could I bring into my life? Then challenge yourself to follow through on some of those dreams.

Words of Wisdom
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”  – Dr. Seuss

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”- Lloyd Alexander

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape? If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” – J.M. Barrie

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein


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The Making of a Mentor

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

The Making of a Mentor
How was your weekend? Did you have an opportunity to inspire someone this week or to “give back” in some small way?   It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday challenges and “stuff” that comes our way, but the benefits of giving back can be the best part of our week! The question that many people ask is how do you do it? Certainly, there are many opportunities by way of existing charities and outreach programs, but on an individual level, it takes a little more effort.

One of the greatest ways to inspire is to serve as a mentor. When considering someone to mentor, you must make sure that your background and experience aligns with what they hope to achieve. More importantly, you must ready yourself to be completely open and honest. When people look at you as a mentor, they believe in you completely. If you aren’t totally authentic in your advice to them, you are doing them a disservice.  If mentoring sounds like something you might want to do, start with a blueprint or outline of what you do and how you do it. If you need assistance in this, please don’t hesitate to contact me. We love seeing agents thrive via mentor/protégé relationships. They are powerful and inspired. I’m here to help!

Something to Think About:
You might be thinking that the only time in your life when you can inspire someone or mentor them is when you have achieved greatness or your own dream. That is simply not so. No matter how far along you are on the path to greatness, you are further along than someone else. There is always someone who could benefit from your help and advice. To that person, you can be a great inspiration. When it comes time to giving back, there is never a better time than now.

Weekly Activity:
Create a blueprint for success that you can share with someone who could use a mentor.

Words of Wisdom:
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou

I know that I came into the world with what I call ‘big dharma’ – with a blueprint to teach self-reliance and a positive loving approach to large numbers of people all over the globe. I am ever so grateful for the circumstances of my life that allowed me to be pretty much left alone and to develop as I was so intended in this incarnation. Wayne Dyer
If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down. Toni Morrison

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things. Steve Jobs

“People who made their dreams come true didn’t simply go after it. They changed the person they were, in order to fit the type of person that would live that type of dream.  Shannon L. Alder


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Inspiration in the Ordinary

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

Inspiration in the Ordinary
Were you inspired this weekend, or were you an inspiration to others?  Traditionally, what inspires us most are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. We appreciate when someone has the ability and willingness to be selfless, creative, innovative, or just dares to be different. Mother Teresa, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. were ordinary people who decided that the world needed their help — people who believed that they could change the world, despite nearly impossible odds and tremendous opposition, and they weren’t afraid to try.

The beautiful thing about inspiration of this kind is that “ordinary” part. Each of them came from backgrounds of great poverty and difficulty and faced giant hurdles. They succeeded because they were not afraid to be who they were. They were authentic, and they were passionate about their beliefs.

Too often, many of us fail to see the greatness within ourselves. We sometimes assume that a person is only great if he or he makes headlines. But press isn’t necessary. In fact, sometimes the most inspiring people in the world go completely unnoticed. What inspires me are the people who do something to better humanity in their own small corner of the world. They don’t need headlines or accolades. They need only to know that they stepped up to make the world a little bit better. Have an inspired week, and if there is anything I can ever do for you – please don’t hesitate to call!

Something to Think About
Each of us can be an inspiration to those around us. You never know who you’re going to impact when you give. Giving back leaves a legacy that will live on far longer than you will. You will be amazed at the way inspiring others makes you feel. In fact, it is the only feeling that rivals the one you get when you realize you have achieved your dream.

Weekly Activity:
Be an inspiration to someone in your world this week. Reach out and connect. If you are not currently doing so, can you consider adopting a charity or cause this year that can be a focus for you as you grow your business, you can also create a legacy?

Words of Wisdom
Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt

What’s meant to be will always find a way. Trisha Yearwood

The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. Walt Disney

If you’re reading this … Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is. Chad Sugg

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.  Maya Angelou


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