The power to Imagine...it’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 

 

place”) 

 

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…”

 

Larry

 

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 lbs...how 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. 

How Joyful Are You during the Christmas Season?

When I say “It’s the Christmas season?”, if you were truly honest, how joyful are you?  On a level of 1(low) to 10 (high), what’s your happiness level?  Are you the Grinch at zero or one?  Or are you a 10—St. Nicholas—cheery, happy, gifting, hugging and loving everyone?  Or somewhere in between?

 

For me, I have been all over the map.  Some years, I have been so stressed out over the busyness of the season, the shopping, the rushing around, the parties, the get togethers, and the family gatherings.


 

And yet, there have been other years where we have been so relaxed, we didn’t say yes to everything, did our shopping well in advance, and went on a family holiday and enjoyed our time together.

 

I know we are all different, however, if you could have the perfect Christmas season, what would that look like to you?

 

Tips:

* Don’t live on adrenalin rushing here and there—pace yourself, breathe.

* Remember that if some of your friends, relatives can’t make it to your party, then it doesn’t mean they don’t love you.  It means they are busy also—be gracious.

* Intentionally make a moment where you actually have a “Silent Night/Peace on Earth”.

* Because people spend 3-4 times their ordinary spending rate in November and December remember that Christmas is not about the “gifts” you buy.

 

Merry Christmas from your friends in the business,

Larry & Marlene