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. 

A Three Year Dream Come True!

Dear Friends,


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


Recently, I received a call from Yves Rabu.  Yves and his wife, Vida, had their home for sale for three years with another agent, but it didn't sell.  It was at that point that their friend, Bill, introduced them to us and that’s where our story starts.


I met Yves & Vida at their home.  They were committed to selling and just wanted the “right coaching” to make it happen.  We started with our Room-by-Room Review and a list of things to do to make their home ready for “Show Time”.


The “Things To Do ” Seller’s Homework was more time consuming than costly – arranging furniture and reorganizing rooms to help make them look spacious, bright and to compete successfully with all the other homes for sale on the market.


While Yves & Vida were working on their homework, we prepared our Pin Point Price Evaluation – interpreting the data of sales, properties for sale and current market timing, as well as offering 3 pricing models so Yves & Vida could choose a price that would work for their situation and timing.


Yves & Vida had worked hard to make their home look perfect and with our 94 Step Marketing Campaign, we knew success would be around the corner.  Then, after 10 showings in 44 days, came the day to remember.  A three year dream came true!  Yves & Vida’s home was sold.  Vida said she didn't know whether to scream for joy, laugh or cry.  It was incredible to be a part of the excitement and is what makes our job so enjoyable.


Part 2 of the three year dream…Marlene helped Yves & Vida buy the perfect home.  It was like unwrapping a long awaited for Christmas present…to be continued.


Congrats Yves & Vida!


Your friends in the business,


Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty



PS – This is the season where you are going to be noticing friends, neighbours & relatives getting ready to make a move because SPRING is around the corner.  When this happens, simply take out your cell phone, look up my number and call me immediately at 604-855-6464.  Thanks for not keeping us a secret!