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. 

How to Feel Better About Everything and Feel Better About Yourself!

I have been a member of By Referral Only, a Real Estate Marketing University, for over 20 years—always learning, tweaking and fine tuning my business and my life.


I have learned success has so many faces.  Success at home, with family, friends, financially, spiritually, mentally, physically, and so on.


My business coach and trainer, Joe, has coached over 50,000 business people over the past 25 years with amazing outcomes.  Here are some of Joe’s findings that anyone can use for a better life:


Finding #1: Business people who take care of themselves, tend to expand their life, their authentic self and their business.  Those who don’t take care of themselves work in overwhelm, confusion and drama.


Finding #2:   Those who practice self care and set it as a high priority generally feel better about EVERYTHING!  It all starts with self care and everything else will transform.


Joe’s thoughts on how to start your daily transformation.


1. Take care of food first.  Eat quality healthy food. Question: Do you eat your for sustenance or recreation?


2. Sleep.  Are you getting 6-8 hours of healthy sleep daily?  If not, then make that a priority.  Question: Do you go to bed at approximately the same time each night?


3. Exercise.  What is the quality and duration of your physical exercise?  Question: What is your morning ritual or what is your evening ritual?


4. Spiritual Time. Question: Do you have time set aside daily for meditating/prayer/reading/listening?


Joe says the very best motivator is YOU.  You will become healthier when you are tired of being sick and tired.  Are you interested or actually committed?



* About Joe—he is the oldest man in the United States (54+) to have passed the SealFit Academy and Kokoro Camp