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... “It’s a family thing…”

Dear friends… just a quick note to let you know how we can help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.


Recently, Rona & Chuck called us to have a look at their home in Chilliwack, give them an idea of value, and how we could help them market their property.


Rona is pregnant and they want to move to Abbotsford before the baby is their life/community seems to revolve more around the Abbotsford area than Chilliwack.


After reviewing our marketing campaign, Chuck and Rona felt we were the best option available (they had already interviewed 2 other realtors from the Chilliwack area).

Then Chuck gave me the recently sold my sister’s home in under a week and my mom’s home in just over a week...and we would like the same results (wink, wink) J


This was a tall order in today’s market and we knew we had our work cut out for us.  I spent hours on the proper description of the property—what was unique about Rona and Chuck’s home compared to “so many others” that were our competition.  Then I got my “a-ha” brain wave and started the process.


Through our marketing efforts, Chuck and Rona received 3 showings within 6 days, and it was showing #3 that fell in love with their place.  Through the negotiating & coaching process (and an offer and a counter offer later), Chuck & Rona’s place was sold (for full price JJ!!!)


There is the old saying “the harder we work, the luckier we get” (or maybe we just “got blessed”).  Chuck says, “It’s a family thing” with The Siebert Team and the Loewen family...we just work well together.


Congratulations Rona and Chuck!


And now it’s Marlene’s turn to find them the right property in Abbotsford...before baby comes!!!

Your Friends in the Business, 
Larry & Marlene
Re/Max Little Oak Realty

P.S. Who is the next person you know who would benefit from this kind of help and coaching when selling their home?  Your introductions are appreciated and we would love to serve your friends, neighbours, and relatives with a World Class Real Estate Experience.