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Monday Morning Message


Imagine for a moment that you are 65 years old, broke and your life is going nowhere. If you had to do something to make your life meaningful, and you were going to start today, what would do? You see, there was a man that we all know, who was broke, living in a tiny house and owned a yunker car, and he was living off of a $99 social security check. At 65 years of age, he decided things had to change. He thought about what he had to offer, and what he could do. His friends had always raved about his chicken recipe, so he decided this was his best shot at doing something with his life.

He left Kentucky and traveled to different states to try to sell his recipe. He told restaurant owners that he had a mouthwatering chicken recipe. He offered the recipe to them for free, just asking for a small percentage on the items sold. Sounds like a good deal, right?

Unfortunately, not to most of the restaurant owners. He heard NO over 1,000 times. Even after all those rejections, he didn’t give up. He believed his chicken recipe was something special. He got rejected 1,009 times before he heard his first yes.

With that one success Colonel Hartland Sanders changed the way Americans eat chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC, was born. Remember, never give up and always believe in yourself despite rejection.  Keep the faith!

Something to Think About 

Wow! What does it take to try something 1,009 times, being rejected each time, and not give up? It takes believing in your product or your service.  Each day, agents “give up” because they believe selling real estate is too hard and they leave the business to get “a real job”.  Today we celebrate you and your success for not giving up! For sticking with it in this extraordinary industry. Know I’m here to help in any way I can!

Weekly Activity 

This week, offer encouragement to someone who is feeling defeated. I am sure that the Colonel had someone in his corner cheering him on, and helping him make it past all those no’s.  This week, be that light for someone you might know.  In fact, it might be a great time to get a mentoring group together so that you can share support all year around!

Words of Wisdom

Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill

For a lot of people, Superman is and has always been America's hero. He stands for what we believe is the best within us: limitless strength tempered by compassion, that can bear adversity and emerge stronger on the other side. He stands for what we all feel we would like to be able to stand for, when standing is hardest. J. Michael Straczynski

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. Dale Carnegie

Monday Morning Message



Here’s a great thought to start your day. Imagine you had a bank account that deposited $86,400 into your account each morning. The only catch is that at the end of the day, if there is money left in the account, you lose whatever part of the amount you failed to spend that day. What would you do? Draw out every dollar each day-right?

We all have such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Each night, it destroys whatever is left unused. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s a loss you can’t get it back.

The time you have is the time you have and that is that. Time management is yours to decide how you spend the tim. Just as with money, you decide how you spend your time. We are all given the same amount each day. How we use it, determines not only how our day flows – but also how our future is molded.  Use it wisely.  

Something to Think About: 

If you had to keep a journal of how you spent each minute of each day, and explain it to your coach for life, would you be making a lot of excuses or feeling good about the way you spent your time?

Weekly Activity 

This week, live your life as though you were being held accountable for each moment.  At the end of the day, ask yourself: Did you make a difference? Do you feel good about how you spent your day? Are you closer to your goals? Did you positively touch the lives of others? Did you make an impact on your own life?

Words of Wisdom

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs

Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin

Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present. Bil Keane

“How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss

Monday Morning Message


When Adversity Knocks

Was there something that happened this past week that got you a little down?  We can’t stop the stuff from happening but we can control how it affects us. One of my favorite stories is about a daughter who complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes, he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied. “Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face. “Father, what does this mean?” she asked. He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Something to Think About 

In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us. Will you let things soften you, toughen you – or transform you?  The choice is YOURS.

Weekly Activity 

This week, be a coffee bean! To honor that transformation, extend invitations for coffee to five of your best customers, or drop a Starbucks gift card in the mail to them just as a way to say thank you! 

Words of Wisdom

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one's journey is easy. It's how they handle it that makes people unique. Kevin Conroy

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Charles R. Swindoll

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. Wayne Dyer

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus

Monday Morning Message


Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

How was your weekend? Did you experience something new or did you stay in the comfort zone of life?  This week, I was reminded of the story of the elephant and the rope, which is a great lesson for life.

As a young man was passing the elephants at the zoo, he suddenly stopped. He noticed that those huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.  He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The young man was amazed. These animals could, at any time, break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they stayed stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief which is holding us in one place, simply because we failed at it once before?

It’s a great time of year to identify what’s holding you back, and what ideas or beliefs you’ve tied yourself to that could be keeping you from the success you desire!

Something to Think About

I often meet people who tell me why they can’t do something. More often than not, there is something in their internal belief system that is holding them back. I love the quote from Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!”  The next time you think you can’t do something, stop and ask yourself why you have that belief. Then trade that old idea in for a new, abundant mindset that will help propel you towards your goals this year.

Weekly Activity

Challenge one of your beliefs this week. Take something that you don’t think you can do, but would like to do, and see if you can find a way to make it happen!

Words of Wisdom

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. Robert Kennedy

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. Johnny Cash

In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost

Monday Morning Message


Get to the OTHER Side
I hope it was a great month for you. Are you still on track with your goals and resolutions? Market research shows that by the second week of February, some 80 percent of those resolution-makers are at home with a new kind of remorse and disappointment staring back at them in the mirror. Why is it that such good intentions, like getting fit, losing weight and improving our lives, seems so elusive?

Unless you first change your mind, don't expect your health goals to materialize. The unfortunate truth is that change, all change, entails some degree of emotional friction, which in turn generates a "heated state" we call stress. Whether you're feeling anxious, depressed, frustrated, fatigued, weak and out of control, or simply bored, emotional friction (stress) becomes the high-octane fuel of failure. When it comes to handling the stress involved in change, many well-adjusted, happy, overweight, out-of-shape people share the fundamental problem of self-sabotage. Why? They lack self-discipline.

Essentially, you build self-discipline by willfully enduring the transient discomfort of changing who and what you are. You're not born with self-discipline; you acquire it. Like a muscle, you need to develop your self-discipline muscle, one challenge at a time. Starting today, instead of reflexively feeling a need to minimize or escape the friction involved in change, recognize instead the need to endure it. Bottom line: Don't bail now! Keep the faith – and the pace until you are on the other side of discomfort and well on your way to success.

Something to Think About
If you made it this far, you have outperformed 80% of your friends, family and peers. Great job! That’s amazing, and it’s just the kind of start that you needed to have your most amazing year ever!

Weekly Activity 
It’s time for celebration! If you have stayed on track, treat yourself to a special day/ night this week doing something you enjoy, but don’t fall off track! Create a vision of what you really want, and hold that focus in your mind each day.

Words of Wisdom
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. - Colin Powell

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. - Henry Ford

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. - Benjamin Franklin

Monday Morning Message


What's It Going to Be?
This is the fourth week since setting your goals for 2017. Just saying you're going to make a New Year's resolution really isn't enough; you must have the right mindset and be completely dedicated to what you want to do. Even though around 60% of people have stumbled on keeping their resolutions by the six-month point, those who make the initial commitment are still 10 times more likely to successfully change their behavior. Congratulations on being that person who is way ahead of the crowd when it comes to change, but you are not out of the woods yet. The first mile marker to yearlong success is to make it 30 days! If you are younger, chances are it’s a little easier. The older you get, the harder it becomes to ditch certain habits or bad behaviors. Middle age is when people begin to slow down on their resolution making. When asked how likely they were to make a resolution in the new year, 54% of people under age 45 said very likely, compared to 37 of those aged 45 and up. Stay strong and ask yourself, “What’s it going to be?”

Something to Think About
Does that mean that we don’t care as much as we get older? Have there been too many failures? Too tired?

Weekly Activity 
It’s time to get re-energized! Regardless of age, or excuses, let’s pump some energy into those goals and resolutions this week!

Words of Wisdom
Grit is that 'extra something' that separates the most successful people from the rest. It's the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. -Travis Bradberry

If you can dream it, you can do it. -Walt Disney

Be magnificent. Life's short. Get out there. You can do it. Everyone can do it. Everyone. -Andy Serkis

Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough. -Richard M. DeVos

You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.- Ralph Marston

Monday Morning Message


Goal Motivators
Having someone to cheer you on or call you out when you get off track is a great way to stay on the right track with your resolutions. 59% of those who had a "referee" to monitor their progress eventually achieved their goal compared to 29% who were going it alone. Money is also a great incentive. Dangling a financial carrot in front of your nose may be just the push you need to stand your ground when it comes to your New Year's resolutions. The idea is that you'll be more likely to hang in there, and according to StickK data, almost 80% of users report success when there's money on the line.

Something to Think About
That’s why a coach is a great resource and tool when it comes to accountability and staying on track until you hit that goal. It takes an average of one commission per year to pay for a coach.

Weekly Activity 
Find someone to keep you on track: an accountability partner, coach, friend or your Broker.

Words of Wisdom
Accountability breeds response-ability. -Stephen Covey
On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable. –Joe Dumars
Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to results. –Anonymous
The best way to predict the future is to create it. –Peter Drucker
At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves - our success is a result of what we do. 
- Catherine Pulsifer

Monday Morning Message


Healthy Goals
What are your top three goals for 2017? Getting fit, or losing weight is consistently in the top three goals that are made on January 1st. Getting physically fit is easier said than done, and sometimes, making the effort becomes too much to handle. A whopping 73% of people who included some type of fitness goal when making their resolutions gave up before they reached the finish line. And 42% said it was just too difficult to stick to a regimen while 36% blamed a lack of time. If your goal is to get in shape, or lose weight, start slow but stay consistent and your odds of success go way up!

Something to Think About
If you can tough it out for 90 days, you've got a much better shot at making the change permanent. Nearly 40% of people who make resolutions forget about them by March, but the dropout rate levels off substantially after that point.

Weekly Activity 
Ask 10 of your friends what their top three goals are for 2017, then share these statistics and work together to “make it happen”!

Words of Wisdom
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -Zig Ziglar

Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them. -Les Brown

The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. -John C. Maxwell

I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals. -Harvey Mackay

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson

Monday Morning Message


What an exciting time of the year as we welcome in 2017! Happy New Year! Did you join the New Years Eve resolution bandwagon when the ball dropped? Well, you are in good company. Approximately 45% of Americans make at least one resolution in January. But you might be the only one of your friends keeping them!

Whether it's a lack of willpower or unrealistic goals that are to blame, most people have difficulty sticking to their New Year's resolutions. Just 8% of people who make them will still be committed to them by the end of the year. Especially if you find yourself really busy and crunched for time most days. How well you manage your time apparently has a significant influence over whether you're able to maintain your resolutions during the year. Nearly 40% said that the number one reason they couldn’t follow through was their need to juggle too many other activities.

For many people, the first month after making a resolution is the hardest, but if you can get through it, you significantly up the odds of it becoming a permanent change. Unfortunately, roughly one in three people won't even last 31 days, so you really have to buckle down and keep your eyes on the prize if you want to still be going strong by February.

Something to Think About 
One of the reasons why people seem to have so much difficulty adhering to their resolutions is they set the bar too high. Deciding that you're going to run a marathon may seem impossible, but you can take some of the pressure off by taking small steps (run a 10K one year, then a half marathon, before taking on the 26 miler). 35% of those who successfully fulfilled their resolutions broke them down into more easily achievable goals.

Weekly Activity 
Set aside some time this week to go back and review those goals, or resolutions. Are they attainable? Are you willing to set aside the time needed to achieve those goals?

Words of Wisdom
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. -Melody Beattie

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. -Hal Borland

Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. -Goran Persson

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. -Neil Gaiman

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. -Oprah Winfrey

Monday Morning Message


New Year, New Goals

Wow, it seems like yesterday that we were bringing in the New Year of 2016, and now here it is again. In a few days, another New Year will begin. When you think of your new year, will it look like last year, or will it be a year of change for you? When you think of change, what change would you like to see in your life this year? Does it pertain to your health, your wealth, your relationships, or your habits? More importantly, why do we decide that we are going to make a change, but then fail to follow through on the commitment? According to a University of Scranton study, 92 percent of people that set New Year's goals never actually achieve them. If you want to break the cycle, do what the other 8 percent of goal-setters, the successful ones, do consistently and exceptionally well. By setting specific and challenging goals, it led to higher performance 90% of the time.

Basically, the more specific and challenging your goals, the higher your motivation will be to hit them. That explains why easy or vague goals rarely get met. Here's an example: If your goal between now and the end of the year is to lose 20 pounds, that may be challenging, but it's not specific enough. Eliminate vagueness and make it more achievable by stating it this way: During the month of January, I will lose five pounds by cutting off refined sugar, breads, and all fast food. I will also walk briskly for twenty minutes every day. When you have that much clarity around your goal, your chances of hitting the mark increase dramatically. On the flip side, goals that are too difficult to hit don't get met either. While it's important to challenge yourself, nobody completes a goal when he/she is overwhelmed by facing a mountain they can't climb.

While you may think the successful 8% are born predisposed to these talents, research says that successful people achieve their goals not because of who they are, but more often because of what they do. Aristotle nailed it more than 2000 years ago when he said, "We are what we repeatedly do." By practicing these skills, expect to dramatically improve your rate of finishing strong.

Something to Think About
The 8 percent have an internal compass that keeps them locked in until they reach the top of the mountain. It's a belief system of "do whatever it takes" that is intrinsically motivated at their core.

Weekly Activity
Take a quick moment and check in with yourself. If, at the core of your being, you don't have the desire or passion to pursue the goal, it doesn't matter how specific, challenging, or sexy your goal may sound -- you're not going to reach it. Questions to ask yourself: How badly do I want it? Who's holding me accountable to the end? Is my heart truly in it from the start? What's life going to look like once I complete the goal? In the end, will it be worth it?

Words of Wisdom
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” - By Helen Keller

“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” - Hal Borland

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” - Melody Beattie

“Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.”- Melody Beattie

“It Doesn’t Matter Where You Came From. All That Matters Is Where You Are Going.” - Brian Tracy

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