The power to’s life changing




Recently I was at a quarterly meeting in San Diego to connect with my business coach Joe Stumpf at “By Referral Only”  Real Estate Marketing University.

Joe asked: “Imagine what life could look like—if you removed/delegated even 1 or 2 of your current irritations & tolerations”. “Imagine what life could look like if you focused more on the “amazing” & ”your happy place”. “If you put the work into these changes—the pay off will be for a life time”. So lets “Imagine together…”

Imagine a couple of your work irritations and tolerations gone. What are the things that could be removed or delegated? One of our clients recently imagined not having to cut the lawn, shovel the snow covered driveway, and clean up after a winter storm...ever again. So they bought a townhouse! (one of my tolerations is the accounting end of our business. Fortunate for me, Marlene enjoys numbers and she took that over—and with that time I am able to work on bettering our team’s plans, systems and campaigns—” “In my happy place”)


Health, fitness & energy - Imagine 1 or 2 of your irritations / tolerations gone. (For me (Larry) - my “Happy place” is following a morning and afternoon daily ritual. By not guarding daily rituals—my toleration is low energy) For a friend of ours—their “happy place” is to imagine a regular work-out routine with a work-out partner or trainer.


Imagine family & relationships - What to do some people tolerate in relationships? Manipulation. Being driven by guilt, other’s 

expectations or always saying “yes” - but for the wrong reasons. (Marlene and I guard our hearts - when it comes to manipulation - we want our home to be our kids’, grandkids’ & friends favourite place to come to - This is our “happy 




Joe asked us to “imagine our finances, our wisdom, growth & mental capacity and our spiritual life”. What would happen if we removed or delegated just 1 or 2 of our irritations and tolerations and spent more time in the “amazing” & “our happy place”




“Put the work into these changes - and the pay off will be for a life time…”




Encouraged or Discouraged? 



Have you ever noticed that when you focus on what is not working in your life, that you feel discouraged? 


When things don’t quite work out the way that I had expected them to or hoped that they would, my negative self talk can easily wreck my peace of mind. I have also found that when I focus on what is working in my life I get this feeling of encouragement. 


As an example:: I (Larry) was told by my doctor this past Spring that I was pre-diabetic. “ARE YOU KIDDING? I’m 6 ‘1” and 155 could that be? I thought diabetes was a weight thing for larger or inactive people?!” 


“No, Larry,” my doctor went on to say, “you have been blessed with it geneti- cally. It’s in your DNA. Your Dad has it.”  So ok, here we go. No pasta, no potatoes, no bread and certainly no dessert.  Even minimal fruit. My inner self talk was screaming, “POOR ME!” and this continued at every dinner over the course of the next week or so. (You need  to know that I LOVE  bread, potatoes and spaghetti.) This was not good news to me...AT ALL. 


I have a few people in my life that encouraged me to go for it and make the change. I have made the decision to eat clean and exercise more and over  the past 6 months I can’t deny that I feel healthier and I’ve even gained some muscle and have lost an inch around my waist. Feeling fit and trim! 


Here is the nugget. We all hit bumps on the road, don’t we? We can have blue days (or really bad hair days), but encouragement can help bring us out of these valleys and dips. We just don’t have to live there. 


So...who are your ‘go to’ people who continuously speak encouragement into your life? Be an encourager and you will be encouraged right back. Try it out for yourself. The gift of encouragement.  We all have it. 

406 Days - Can you help?

Dear Friends,


Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.


A few months ago I met a young couple (I’ll call them Stan & Jill) who had purchased an investment property in April ‘09.  They got a great deal on it…a fixer upper that would be a good flip.


Stan & Jill busily got to work on their new purchase (never moving into it as they had their own place already) with tons of upgrades and updates


They relisted the property with their realtor in Oct ‘09. Then relisted it again in Jan 2010.  Then in May 2010, they listed the property with two other realtors in hopes for success.  But 406 days later, this wonderful investment was turning into a “Ball and Chain” and just would not “go away”.


Stan & Jill were intrigued with our marketing system & 3 pricing options (and what to expect for each price range)…but what really excited them was our World Class Update System.


Every Thursday we would give them all the feed back about our marketing, # of showings, realtor & buyers’ comments…as well as other competing properties.  The last realtors they used were tough to track down and wouldn’t call them back for days…so they really didn’t enjoy their experience over the past 406 days.  


Marlene & I spent over 3 hours on researching their property and other properties that sold in the past few months…plus homes that were currently for sale.  Showing all the data to Stan & Jill and the 3 pricing options just blew them away.  It was nothing like their other realtors had done for them.


We put their property for sale, started our marketing campaign, & you would never guess what happened?  15 days later we were negotiating an offer.  I worked through a few glitches with the buyer’s financing and Stan & Jill’s “Ball and Chain” was sold (within $2,000 of the asking price).


Congrats Stan & Jill…it’s time to relax!

Your friends in the business,


Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty


PS - The next time you are in a conversation with a friend , family member or neighbour, and they mention they may need help selling their home or buying a larger home...we are just a call away.  Feel comfortable giving our time and expertise to the people you care about!  (When this happens…take out your cell phone…look up my cell number and call me immediately at 604-855-6464).  Your loyalty and introductions are appreciated.