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When Adversity Knocks

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

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

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


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Get to the OTHER Side

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

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What’s it going to be?

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

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

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

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Do you have Goal Motivators

Monday Morning 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

MAKE THIS YOUR BEST WEEK EVER!!! 

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Do You have Healthy Goals for 2017

Monday Morning 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

 

MAKE THIS YOUR BEST WEEK EVER!!!

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4 Ways to Maximize Happiness When You Give

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

4 Ways to Maximize Happiness When You Give

Was last week a great week? Did you do something to help someone else? If so, fantastic! If you got caught up in “life,” no worries; there’s always someone in need, so you’ll have many other opportunities to help others.
Here are 4 ways you can maximize your happiness when giving:
  1. Give to clear, tangible projects. When you feel like you’re giving directly to a project rather than “overhead,” you give 3 times as much – and feel better about it. When you know that your donation is going to something concrete and tangible, it combats a sense of futility (i.e., Will my donation even make a difference?). You feel like you’re making a more direct impact. This feeling of personal impact makes you more likely to give and increases your satisfaction level after you have given.
  1. Give more frequently in smaller amounts. Giving, like consumption, has diminishing returns. Giving $1,000 doesn’t give you 10 times the high of giving $100. Because of this, you really should be giving more often in smaller amounts so you get that pleasure high more often. Look for a monthly donation programwhere you can see the ongoing impact of your donation.
  1. Give with no strings attached. Making a donation to get something tangible in exchange can limit that high you get when giving. The same is true when you purchase something where a portion of proceeds goes to charity. These things can take your decision-making from, “How can I help others with my resources?” to a logical thought process of, “If I buy this, it helps a cause.” It’s not that you shouldn’t purchase products that give to charity, but your brain does not emit the same feeling. Nothing beats a straight up donation directly to a charity with no tangible strings attached.
  1. Give when you know whom your donation will help. Child sponsorship programs have been putting this to use longer and better than most. While it’s sometimes heartbreaking, putting a name and face to the cause gives you a big emotional boost. People will donate 60% more when there’s a name, age and picture of the person who will benefit from the donation. This is called the identifiable victim effect, where we care more about the one person we know compared to the numerous others that are just numbers.
Something to Think About
Giving to others gives us pleasure. It makes us happier which, in turn, leads us to give more, which makes us even happier and… you get the picture. And don’t forget: It doesn’t have to be money. You can use your talents and time to help many in need.

Weekly Activity 
This one seems simple… Let’s find a way to continuously give to help others.

Words of Wisdom
“To be poor does not mean you lack the means to extend charity to another. You may lack money or food, but you have the gift of friendship to overwhelm the loneliness that grips the lives of so many.” – Stanley Hauerwas

“I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person’s life is the effect they have on others.” – Steve Nash

“Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.” – Colin Powell

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.” – Mandy Hale

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Lao Tzu

MAKE THIS YOUR BEST WEEK EVER!!!


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Giving Gives Your Brain Pleasure

How was your weekend? Relaxing or exciting? Both are great, and we actually need both at different times (or you can have both at the same time)!

Thanks to technology, researchers are able to see brain activity during certain acts or activities. Did you know that when you make a donation to charity, your brain acts in a way similar to when you’re intimate or eating chocolate? In a study of those who donated to a worthy cause, the midbrain region of the brain lit up. This is the area of the brain responsible for our cravings and pleasure rewards, showing the link between charitable giving and pleasure. It’s true. This reward or pleasure response to giving is the physiological reason behind the “warm glow,” or that good feeling you get when you give and why you may choose to spend money on others or charity rather than yourself.

But does giving actually make you happier? According to a survey and study by researchers, it does. They found that people who spent a higher proportion of their income on gifts for others and donations to charity were “happier.” The researchers randomly assigned people to 4 groups that were told to spend $5 on themselves, $20 on themselves, $5 on others or $20 on others. Those who spent $5 or $20 on others reported being much happier, while those who spent money on themselves showed no change in happiness. Also, the group that gave away $5 was just as happy as the group that had $20 to give away, showing that happiness in giving can be more about the how than the how much.

Something to Think About
If giving gives you pleasure and can make you happier, should you start giving to others if you want to be happier? Research says yes; however, there’s more to it: Research also shows that when you give with the intention of giving vs. giving to get, your response and reward is much better! More about that next week.

Weekly Activity 
Donate your time or some money to your favorite cause. If you don’t have one, this is a great time to find one!

Words of Wisdom
“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” – Daisaku Ikeda

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson
MAKE THIS YOUR BEST WEEK EVER!!!

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Love: The Magic Key of Transformation

Welcome to Monday! Let’s talk about love. What is love? It seems as though it means different things to different people. Love is difficult to explain in philosophical terms because it’s not designed to be analyzed or explained; it’s designed to be experienced or felt.

Love is the most powerful emotion; it can literally transform a life. When humans feel loved, there is no limit to what they can achieve. I recently met a man who seemed very unsure and lonely, always staying in the background. Several of us started including him when we went to sporting events or social outings and, over the next few months, we noticed that his self-esteem was stronger, and he felt confident to engage in conversations. He seemed and looked happier. It suddenly occurred to me that he felt loved and included. You could see the transformation that had taken place in his life because we took the time to show him love.

Is there a relationship in your life that you would like to have transformed? It all starts with you. Do you love who you are? Do you love where you are in life? Do you express that love in all that you do on a daily basis? Do you show that person in your life love, even if you’re not feeling it from him/her? It’s been proven that as you give and show love to others, you receive love in return.

Something to Think About
One of the easiest ways to express love is to start your day thinking about what you’re most grateful for. Keep that thought as you go through your day. Greet those you meet throughout the day with a smile that says, “You are loved!”

Weekly Activity 
Do something special for someone you love this week!

Words of Wisdom
“Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman

“Happiness is simple. Everything we do to find it is complicated.”
– Karen Maezen Miller

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama
“The people who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most.”
– Peaceful Warrior

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Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! Today is a widely celebrated holiday throughout all of North America as well as in other places throughout the world. In Canada, today represents the anniversary of the uniting of 3 colonies into 1 called Canada on July 1, 1867. The holiday is called Canada Day, and everyone takes a long weekend to celebrate. In the United States, we celebrate July 4, which is the day the United States signed the Declaration of Independence, thereby pledging its separation from England. I’ve always found it interesting that the United States and Canada, who share a border, also celebrate – and share – a very important holiday representing independence. It is for this reason that a huge fireworks display takes place over Niagara Falls on July 1 as well as on July 4.

Independence is defined as the freedom from control or influence of others. I think that describes the personality of many successful real estate agents. The things agents say they enjoy most about being a Realtor® include the flexibility, the control over their own time, the ability to control their income and the freedom to create their own path to success. Today we celebrate YOU and that independent spirit that allows you to do what you want, when you want, how you want!

Something to Think About

Real estate agents or not, we all have choices. It’s the choices we make that define and create our lives.

Weekly Activity 

Are you completely happy with your life? Are there choices or changes that you would like to make? This week, exert that independent spirit and make a change. One that will positively impact your life, your career and/or the lives of those you love and care about most. 

Words of Wisdom

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” – Paulo Coelho

“The greatest step toward a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” – Steve Maraboli

“To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now.” – Donald Altman

“At the end of life, our questions are very simple: Did I live fully? Did I love well?” – Jack Kornfield


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