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. 

Father’s Day Note - This Dad’s Adventure

Forget the ties and socks gifts!  I was never into that, but deep down I do love an adrenaline fix now and then…


Guys, remember when we were kids and we did wheelies on our bikes and rode with no hands?  That’s where it all started for me!


Growing up on a 40 acre raspberry farm had its perks!  I was driving tractor by 6 years old and knew how to drive everything.  True story—at age 12, I was stopped by the cops driving my dad’s dump truck on the road—no ticket was given, but I was so glad I had not been caught driving one of our 3 school buses used to haul pickers!


For me, the “speed thing” started all at the ripe old age of 12.  I bought my first motorcycle and one day complained to my dad, “I have tried so many times but can’t seem to get it to go over 100 miles per hour!”  Say goodbye to that bike!


Learning basic mechanics on the farm and now with no motorcycle, from age 13 to 18, I started my first project car—a Hot Rod 1938 Chev Coupe with a custom built screaming 327 engine and a 4 speed Hurst shifter, 4:11 posi rear end and big wide tires.  Wow!  I still remember that first big smokey burn out—sidestepping the clutch at 7000 rpm—hold on—hey, I think the front wheels are off the ground!!


At 19 years old, I got my private pilot license—lots of adrenaline there especially when I crashed the plane!  The good part was God was not finished with me yet!  It wasn’t time to take a dirt nap.  What’s next???


Got married at 25 (that’s another adventure in itself).  By 27, I thought it would be fun to own a boat.  Ah my first boat!  It wasn’t quite what Marlene was expecting—a Cougar flat bottom drag boat with a High Horsepower 8000 rpm 454 cubic inch engine, a tunnel ram with two 270 double pumper 4 barrels and big chrome headers.  I raced it for 5 years, running a 10 second quarter mile (120-130 mph on water was a good feeling for me).


Then came Jared, and I needed to teach him basic life skills, driving our lawn tractor, quading and doing wheelies, learning to slalom water ski, bare foot, wake board, sky ski, then motor cycling and snowboarding…


So dads, Happy

Father’s Day!  Plan a day filled with