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. 

larry & marlene - we don’t want all the cross boundary hassle…help!

Dear friends,


Just a quick note to let you know how we might help someone you introduce to us.


Recently clients, I’ll call them Jim & Dolly, had called us to help them with their housing ideas. They were living in East Abbotsford in a Sandy Hill basement entry home for the past 10 years, but now were considering a move to Central Abbotsford.  


Their son was a talented football player (I think he is probably scholarship material) & with Mouat’s great football team/coaching/track record, they felt he would have more opportunities at Mouat, but they didn’t want the cross boundary hassle. 


Jim & Dolly’s daughter was in middle school and was psyched on going to a new school and being closer to a lot of her friends.


Second to that, Jim & Dolly would be saving 20 minutes of driving time on their daily commutes.


After getting in touch with our mortgage broker, Jacquie Claggett, they found that they could use some of the equity from their current house to buy their next home at how much they could comfortably afford.


Then, when they found out they could rent their current house at a rental amount that would cover the existing mortgage (and their new mortgage payments on their next home would be even less than what they were paying currently because of the great interest rates)...we had motivated buyers!


Marlene used our “Market Watch” system (daily emails of all the hot new listings… in their price range & location) and we were under  way. Marlene loves to help buyers with their list of “must haves”, “wants” and “needs”… and for Jim & Dolly… there were some location specifications that made things just a little more interesting. Let the shopping begin!


One of the homes on the “Market Watch List” was a beautiful 4 level split with a really private treed backyard in a sought after Central Abbotsford location where you could see the neighbours had real pride of ownership of their homes.


It was the perfect home for Jim & Dolly and their family and since this home had just been reduced in price, it was in the affordability range where they could update it with flooring, paint & décor of their choice.


After writing an offer & a few counter offers to fine tune the purchase contract, Jim & Dolly were celebrating the purchase of their next home.


Congratulations… we wish you 10 more years of joy in your new home.


Your Real Estate Consultants for life…

Larry & Marlene Siebert


PS. Who is the next person you know thinking of making a move that could use some solid time tested coaching? Give us a call and introduce them to us (604-859-2341). We would love to serve them with the same World Class Real Estate experience that Jim & Dolly received.