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Here’s to Healthy Relationships!

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

Here’s to Healthy Relationships!
Happy Monday! I hope you found some time this weekend to spend with that special someone in your life. Or maybe this is the year to find that special someone. Did you know that one of the top New Year’s Resolutions is the find that “special someone”? If you or someone you know is looking for that special relationship in 2018, here are some values to look for in any relationship:

1. Trust is one of the most important factors in a relationship. If you don’t trust the person you are with, then it is probably not a healthy, stable relationship and you most likely will feel insecure about it.

2. Being truthful and honest is major when it comes to relationships. If you can’t be honest in the relationship, it’s not the right one!

3. Respect is a must. No amount of love is worth giving up who you are and the respect you deserve.

4. Communication: You need it to express feelings, needs, and expectations. You need it to solve conflicts and you even need it when it comes to intimacy. Without good communication, how can any relationship grow?

5. Relationships aren’t always sunshine and rainbows, but the happy times should far outweigh the unhappy ones. Being happy is really important in a relationship and if you are not happy then it is time to move on.

6. Compromise: Healthy relationships need compromise in order to work and to establish happiness between both partners.

By the way, having amazing, trusting, mutually-beneficial relationships of ALL kinds are a big key to a successful and happy life. From partners to family to friends – and even business colleagues. Is it time to make a shift in the company you keep this year? I’d love to share with you some of the ways we help support our team members, so they have the best possible foundations for success.

Something to Think About:
Those traits above are not just for new relationships, but sometimes it’s good to reflect on your current relationships. Are they healthy? Are you respected? Are you happy? Those guidelines apply to all the relationships in your life!

Weekly Activity:
Reach out to at least ten past clients who’ve been wonderful to you and let them know how much you appreciate them. Make this the year you nurture those valuable relationships in your life.

Words of Wisdom:
In finding love, I think it’s important to be patient. In being in a relationship, I think it’s important to be honest, to communicate, to respect and trust, and to strive to give more than you take. Kina Grannis

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Ann Landers
“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and the courage to accept the love in return.”  Maya Angelou

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao-Tzu

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” Sam Keen


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Invest in Your Future!

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

Invest in Your Future!

I hope you had a fantastic first week of the New Year, but what about your future? If you were to write the final chapter of “your book”, how would it read? Where would you be? What would you have accomplished? Most people spend more time planning their vacations than they do their retirement! Do you put a certain amount of money away each month to ensure that you will be where you want to be, and doing what it is that you want to do?

When I was young, I was told that if I were able to contribute $100 to an investment account each month, with a 6% rate of return, I would become a millionaire in 66 years. Of course, depending on how old you are now, putting away only $100 a month may not be a reliable long-term plan for building wealth and planning for retirement, but it’s a start. More importantly, for your children, this is a great way to ensure they are ready for retirement some day. Getting into the habit of saving any amount will be helpful for you in the long run. A great rule of thumb is to set aside or invest 10% of each commission check.

Something to Think About:
The average American puts aside less than $1,000 per year towards their retirement. What will YOU do to invest in your future?

Weekly Activity:
Contact 25 past clients, customers, friends and family this week. Let them know that there is so much new news regarding the housing market, and that you know a LOT of people have questions and you are happy to answer them! See what you can do to offer answer – then ask for a referral or see what their plans are regarding buying or selling a home in 2018.

Words of Wisdom:
Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.  Allen Saunders

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. Yogi Berra

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. Brian Tracy


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Miracles Are All Around

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

Miracles Are All Around
Good morning and Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating today. For millions around the world, today celebrates one of the greatest miracles of all, the birth of Jesus. But miracles happen every day, and they happen all around us. The changing of the seasons is a miracle. The survival of nature in harsh conditions is a miracle. Miracles occur when an event seems impossible, or cannot be explained, but it still happened. Someone survives an illness, against all odds. A relationship which was thought to be broken beyond repair is rekindled. When the unexpected or the unexplained suddenly happens, it causes a child-like wonder inside each of us. It’s true that this is the season of miracles, but I think that is because we expect miracles at this time of year, and so many are inspired to do something that others will see as a miracle. It’s a joyous time of the year. Wishing you many miracles in your own life, today and throughout the coming year! I’m here if you need anything!

Something to Think About
Maybe this year you will be the person who creates a miracle for someone in need, or perhaps you will be the recipient of a miracle. What a wonderful thought.

Weekly Activity:
Take a breather! Enjoy time with family and friends.

Words of Wisdom
Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe. Wayne Dyer

Miracles happen every day, change your perception of what a miracle is, and you’ll see them all around you. Jon Bon Jovi

Miracles happen to those who believe in them. Bernard Berenson

Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles. George Bernard Shaw

The basic premise of ‘A Course in Miracles’ is that it teaches us to relinquish thoughts based on fear and to accept instead thoughts based on love. Marianne Williamson


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Wishing You a Little Magic

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

Wishing You a Little Magic
Here’s to wishing you a wonderful day, and a wonderful week filled with fun times and family. This is the time of year when we watch more Disney films than any other time of the year. When you think of Disney, you think about family times, laughter, children, and happy endings. But did you ever think about Walt Disney the man? How did it all begin? As a young cartoonist, Walt Disney faced many rejections from newspaper editors, who said he had no talent. He was even fired from one who told him he lacked imagination and original ideas. One day a minister at a church hired him to draw some cartoons. Disney was working out of a small mouse infested shed near the church. After seeing a small mouse, he was inspired. That was the start of Mickey Mouse. How many people would have received a spark of inspiration sitting in a mouse-infested shed? Not many – right? Walt had a sense of magic and wonder inside him that couldn’t be doused. The world is a little more magical because of that. Keep your sense of wonder this week and share it with those you love! Happy holidays and I’m here if you need anything.

Something to Think About
Too often, it’s ridicule and rejection that derails us from our path and our purpose. The next time someone ridicules your idea or tries to derail your plan, just remember the story of Walt Disney.

Weekly Activity:
This week be an encourager. Lift people up. Call ten past clients who touched your life in a positive way and just say thank you. There is powerful momentum in gratitude.

Words of Wisdom
Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings. Walt Disney

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. Walt Disney

That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up. Walt Disney


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The Science of Positive Emotion

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

The Science of Positive Emotion
Last week we encouraged you to focus on the positive and choose that direction. This week let’s back it up with some scientific research which shows that positivity helps humans flourish in all areas of life. Barbara Fredericks, a leading social psychologist from the University of North Carolina, has been researching human emotions for over 25 years. Her research shows that a positive mindset produces emotions such as joy, amusement, happiness, serenity, gratitude, and inspiration. However negative emotions hit us like a sledgehammer! Negative emotions are much more intense than positive emotions. Barbara said, “…positive emotions are like nutrients. In the same way that we need to eat a variety of fruits to be healthy, we need a variety of positive emotions in our daily life to help us become more resourceful version of ourselves. Science has proven that positive emotions help us connect with others and build our relationships. It also builds our resilience and it helps our physical health because we become more energetic.”

Fredrickson and her colleagues study positive emotions by measuring heart rate and respiration changes. Recently, some of their subjects were taught how to self-generate positive emotions on a daily basis. Over 6-7 weeks, they practiced the ancient technique of loving-kindness meditation. Instead of focusing attention on the breath, attention is focused on a set of classic phrases such as, “may you feel safe”, “may you feel healthy”, “may you live with ease”. The participants directed those warm wishes to themselves, people in their inner circle and then expanded to those people that they had no particular feelings about. It was noted that this seemed to make them immune to bias, based on rhythms of the heart and brain activity. They are now looking at changes in genes and the immune system! I hope you’re seeing life on the “sunny side” this week – and all the things you’re looking for you find with ease. I’m here if you need anything. Have a great one!

Something to Think About
The research is still in its early stage, but scientists believe that this can allow people to become more optimistic and interact with others more easily regardless of their past circumstances. Frederickson said, “It’s like the things that tend to divide us, like race and cultural differences, temporarily slip out of view, and people are much more likely to see the collective and ‘we’ rather than ‘me versus you’.” What a world that would be!

Weekly Activity:
Spend five minutes each day getting quiet and saying those positive phrases over and over. Research shows that it will take six weeks of this practice to start seeing the positive results. Just in time to hit the ground running in the new year!

Words of Wisdom
The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get the old ones out. Dee Hock

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

The Perfect Day … going to bed with a dream, waking up with a purpose.” Unknown

Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears. Richard Wilkins

By taking a single step you’ve already outperformed millions of people who’ve made excuses. Nike


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Choosing Direction

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

Choosing Direction
I hope you had an awesome weekend! I am feeling especially blessed this holiday season and I hope you are as well. The economy is good, the housing market is steady or climbing in most parts of the country, and unemployment is down. Overall, the year seems to be ending on a positive note and that’s good for all of us. But what about you? How are you feeling as 2017 comes to an end and the new year is just around the corner? The incredible thing is that we get to CHOOSE. We can choose our focus. Choose to look for the good – or wallow in the not so good. We can count blessings or woes. I am reminded of a quote by Carlos Castaneda, “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” The funny thing about it is that when we choose the good, the happy, and the positive – life feels a whole lot more at ease, and a whole lot less like work.

As you plan for the new year ahead, in business and in life – be sure to choose the directions that will align you with the things you really want from life such as abundance and joy. Hold tight to that focus and you’ll find achieving those things to be so much simpler. Happy December! I’m here if you need anything.

Something to Think About
Make the directional choice for your life and career starting now. Build that choice into your business marketing plan, your daily activity plan, and with the things you use to fuel your mindset as you move forward such as books, video, courses, etc. It’s a great time to be in our industry and the perfect time to remember that life is rigged in your favor!

Weekly Activity:
Choose to be happy every day for a week. When negative influences show up, send them on their way with an affirmative “no”. You may need to remove some of the world’s toxic energy to do it such as turning off the news and tuning into something positive – but it will be a practice that you’ll soon discover will fill you with more energy and excitement about facing your day.

Words of Wisdom
The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama

Sometimes you’ll never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Unknown

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

Happiness is a choice…Choose Happy. Unknown

Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Ferris Bueller


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Life is What You Make It

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

Life is What You Make It

I hope you had a relaxing and fun weekend. I found this message, and it seemed like the perfect ending to a perfect month.

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:
I am reminded of another inspiring quote by William Johnsen: “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”

Weekly Activity:
Reach out to 5-10 of your best customers this week with a pop-by gift and let them know how much you appreciate them and that you are there for them.

Words of Wisdom:
Starting today, I need to forget what’s gone. Appreciate what still remains and look forward what’s coming next. Unknown

Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay. Dalai Lama

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Dr. Seuss

One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. Unknown

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. Unknown


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Look for the GOOD

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

Look for the GOOD

How was your weekend? I hope you had time to spend with those you are thankful for. On Thanksgiving, we take some time to think about what we’re thankful for. It’s important to think about our priorities and the positive things in life. It’s a time to focus on the good in our lives. In each of our days, we can find small blessings, but too often we overlook them, choosing instead to spend our time paying attention to problems or giving out energy to those who cause us trouble instead of those who put a smile on our face. This week, let’s be on the lookout for the bits of pleasure in each hour and appreciate the people who bring love and light to everyone who is blessed to know them. You are one of those people! Make it a great week! I’m here if you need anything!

Something to Think About:
What if everyone focused on making others feel good, and ended each day feeling grateful and appreciated? Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Weekly Activity:
This year, consider implementing a powerful tradition around your Thanksgiving dinner. Go around the table and ask each person to say something that they are thankful for. What an incredible way to help us to reflect on the past year and stay positive.

Words of Wisdom:
When we are ready to make positive changes in our lives, we attract whatever we need to help us. Louise Hay

So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. The Eagles

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

Only in the world of mathematics do two negatives multiply into a positive. Abby Morel

MAKE THIS YOUR BEST WEEK EVER!!


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Plan to Win

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

Plan to Win
Wow, what a great spring market it has been for the real estate industry. Economists are predicting that the market will continue to stay strong throughout 2017, as well as 2018. That’s great news for sales agents as well as consumers. History shows that the best agents will do even better in good times, because they plan for their success. The great Zig Ziglar said, “You were born to win. But to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win.” Now is the time to analyze your business. What can you do to take your business to the next level? How can you better serve your clients? What is your plan for the second half of 2017?

Something to Think About
It’s easy to kick back and take the summer off, or at least slow down. That’s what most agents do, but what happens at the end of summer? The fall market will be here before you know it. This year, do something different. Set aside time each week to touch base with ten clients and stay connected.

Weekly Activity
Which 10 clients will you reach out and connect with this week? How will you connect with each of them?

Words of Wisdom
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John Wooden

Make a customer, not a sale. – Katherine Barchetti

Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Robert Schuller

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. – Dale Carnegie

Integrity is what we do, what we say and what we say we do. – Don Galer


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Making Memories

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

Making Memories
For all the dads out there, I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day. For those who celebrated Father’s Day with a memory of their dad, I hope they were fun and wonderful memories. Memories are amazing! They evoke an emotion, which can stimulate feelings. Sometimes memories are created through conversations. Siblings getting together to talk about their childhood memories, or a stroll down memory lane with a photo album or journal. I recently watched a group of siblings recall their childhood experiences and memories. They laughed and talked for hours, but it was interesting to see how different their memories were. One sibling recalled the situation with humor, but the other had a completely different memory that was not as funny, while yet another sibling had no recollection of that event. Experts tell us that each of us has stored different emotions or details of events in the past that define how we describe it in the future, or even if we choose to remember it. The next time this happens to you, as you are enjoying a trip down memory lane with family members and friends, take that opportunity to learn details of that event which you do not remember.

Something to Think About
We all choose to remember what we think is important, or those things which have a definite emotional impact at the time. You can’t remember everything, so this makes sense. However as you get older, hearing the stories of your childhood from your family or your siblings can be quite fun. It will give you additional stories that you can pass onto your children and grandchildren to be treasured for generations to come.

Weekly Activity
Call or visit a sibling or family member and ask them what their favorite or funniest memory is of a time when you were much younger. Also, share your fondest or funniest memories. They will appreciate the call or visit, guaranteed!

Words of Wisdom
Timid salesmen have skinny kids. – Zig Ziglar

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. – Thomas Edison

Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you. – Jeffrey Gitomer

Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor. – Brian Tracy

Try not to become a person of success, but try to become a person of value. – Albert Einstein


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