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Great and Small

by Lorna Calder

 

    Monday Morning Coffee

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

"Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains."
 
~ Emilie Cady 
 
"Sometimes the littlest things in life are the hardest to take. You can sit on a mountain more comfortably than on a tack."
 
~ Anonymous 
 
GREAT AND SMALL! 
 
We see Big Things and Little Things, using a filter called Perspective. While our personal Perspective is useful in analyzing situations and actions in a meaningful way, it has the potential to be a detriment, denying us alternative and refreshing outlooks and solutions. 
 
Sometimes we get confused about What Is Important. All our lives we are programmed with a Perspective that tells us what we believe is the best course of action. We’re told that we should focus on achieving Big Things, especially in highly competitive professions and fields. But how exactly are we supposed to reach the Top Of The Mountain if we cannot even clear the pebbles along the way? And what happens if you reach the mountaintop and you find that it’s lonely and that there’s nowhere else to go? 
 
We either pay too much attention to the little things and get tripped up along the way, OR we don’t pay enough attention to the little things and get tripped up along the way! We focus so hard on reaching the mountain top that we forget how important it is to do the Small Stuff well. 
 
Becoming accomplished at the Small Stuff will eventually change your perspective so you’ll appreciate how truly important your achievements are. Suddenly, there are no more mountains and no more pebbles. You assail each problem and task with the same enthusiasm, effort, and success. Your perspective has changed, and you realize that you better pay attention to the Small Stuff, because really, it’s ALL Small Stuff. 
 
Charles Simmons summarized it perfectly: "Life is made up of little things. It is very rarely that an occasion is offered for doing a great deal at once. True greatness consists in being great in little things." Here’s to a job well done! 

FICTION OR NON-FICTION?

by Lorna Calder

    Monday Morning Coffee

 

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:
 
"If someone wrote a book about your life . . .
would anyone want to read it?"
- TV Recruiting Ad (U.S. Navy)

 

FICTION OR NON-FICTION?
 
Fast-forward your life 20, 30, even 40 years. Now . . . imagine someone writing a book of your life story. Think of the possibilities. Would it be motivational, a mystery perhaps, or even science fiction? What about reference, a novel, true crime, short story, or an expose? Would it be found in the children's section of the library, the reference section, or under biographies?
 
Wow - the possibilities are endless. The good news is - YOU are the lead character, and get to make all the choices! Close your eyes and visualize how it would read. Assume that the author is an unrelated third-party who knows every detail. That's a scary thought, isn't it?
 
If the chapters were written in chronological order, which ones would make the best reading? Undoubtedly, the ones from age 12-20 would provide some interesting material. From 20 to 40 would be excellent transitional chapters with lots of "Ah-ha!"s and course changes. The final chapter may be the most revealing, however. Think how many readers like to skip to the end to see how the book ends.
 
If you could skip to the end of your own book, how would it read? Summarizing the entire book, would you say it was a thriller, a shocker, a spell-binder, a tragedy, a romance, or an inspiration?
 
Your life is a book waiting to be written - write it well!

RE/MAX Associates Northeast celebrates 2012 with a ceremony at Kingwood Country Club. Lorna Calder named as one of RE/MAX Associates Northeast Top 20 REALTORS for 2012.

RE/MAX Associates Northeast celebrates 2012 with a ceremony at Kingwood Country Club. Lorna Calder named as one of RE/MAX Associates Northeast Top 20 REALTORS for 2012.

A great big THANK YOU to all of my current and past clients, without your support and recommendations, this achievement would not have been possible. The real estate forecast is even brighter for 2013!

Lorna Calder

 

 

 

Which Way Will You Fall?

by Lorna Calder

 

    Monday Morning Coffee

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

"You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward." 
 
~ James Thurber (1984-1961) 

 

WHICH WAY WILL YOU FALL? 
 
The humor of today's quote belies its truth, and indeed it's sometimes easier to make a point by making fun of it. But what important lesson can we glean from the words of Mr. Thurber? 
 
It may have something to do with whether we are acting or reacting. You can think of falling flat on your face as being the "action." You've fallen down, but at least you've fallen in a forward direction! Think of leaning too far backward as being the "reaction." Not only have you fallen, but you've fallen in reverse! 
 
The idea is to take chances and not withdraw from them. You've certainly failed if you don't take the chance, and maybe you will fail if you do take the chance. But if you experience disappointment after at least trying to succeed, then at least you have your attempt of which to be proud. 
 
Failure is a given, friends, and it's how you handle that occasional failure that will set you apart from your competition. Anthony Robbins is a favorite source of wisdom: "If you think you can or if you think you can't, either way you are right." If you're going to make your mistakes, make them in a fashion that will at least help you move forward. 
 
Be gracious in defeat, but don't back down from the challenge. If it looks like a no-win situation, at least make yourself look better for having risen to the test. Have you leaned too far backward? Have you ceded too much to someone else, or backed off from a sticky situation? Maybe then you do feel as though you've fallen flat on your face. Either way, the result is the same, and it's time to pick yourself up and move on. 
 
If you've made a fool of yourself, hopefully you can laugh at your little tumble and still maintain a degree of respect for yourself. In time, everyone else will come around too!

January 2013 Houston and National Housing Market Trends

by Lorna Calder

This month's featured video discusses what your home is worth. It's simple. It is what someone is willing to pay for it. The challenge may come in determining what amount this may be. For an accurate estimate of what someone would be willing to pay for your home, you need to ask your realtor to conduct a Comparative Market Analysis or CMA. A thorough knowledge of the dynamics of property sales in the specific area is required to make judgments based on the data presented.

Your realtor will add or subtract value based on lot or acreage size, bedrooms, bathrooms, garage space etc. It will also look at financing differences that could have influenced the sales price. Keep in mind that a CMA is not an appraisal. A solid well researched CMA will allow you to list it for a price that will generate immediate interest.

There is a lot to know about owning a home. A Realtor is always your best source of information for all your real estate needs...

If you have not reviewed my monthly Housing Trends Newsletter - you could be missing out. Everywhere I go, people are asking me about the housing market conditions - it's on everyone's mind. Staying abreast of local and national market conditions and factors that can affect the future sale or purchase of your home can make the decision process less daunting. I always tell my clients that in order to make the best decision they need to have all the information they can upfront. My Housing Trends Newsletter is just one of the tools in my arsenal to make sure you keep informed.

The January 2013 Local and National Housing Trends has just been released. This month's newsletter is packed full of local and national housing market statistics and news you need to know to stay current with today's changing housing market.

This month's housing trends issue features:

9 Easy Mistakes Home Owners Make on Their Taxes

7 Tips to Keep Your Home Warm & Save Money

Radio Host Don Imus Lowers Price to Sell Magnificent Water Front Home

Downton Abbey is Given Energy Makeover

10 Things a Burglar Doesn't Want You to Know

You can view the newsletter here.

If you wish to receive FREE Housing Trends eNewsletter e-mailed to you monthly, click here to Subscribe.

If you are considering selling your house or buying a home and need more information, I am never too busy to help, please contact me for more information.

 

The Blame Game!

by Lorna Calder

    Monday Morning Coffee

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

"You can't keep blaming yourself. Just blame yourself once and move on." 
 
~ Homer Simpson of Fox Television's "The Simpsons" 
 
THE BLAME GAME! 
 
Ever made a mistake, or failed at what you set out to do? Here’s some big news that you should already know: You’re not alone! 
 
How many times have you kicked yourself in the pants for screwing up? Fessing up to your mistakes is a mark of maturity, self-confidence, and even progress. Whether admitting it to yourself or acknowledging your fault to others, you know that you simply must pick up from that point, regroup your efforts, and with any luck, not make the same mistake twice. 
 
Cicero wrote, "Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error." We could add that only an idiot persists in his blame. Acknowledge your fault, but once is enough. How will you ever feel competent if you can’t manage occasional mistakes? You’re human, right? So is everybody else, and they will understand. 
 
Don’t dwell on your mistakes, or you’re just making another mistake! You’ll garner more respect if you fail, admit your failure and then avoid another error. Anyone engaging in constant self-blame or over-willingness to accept blame is perceived as weak and ineffectual. 
 
Remember that the winner is the one who made the next-to-last mistake! You and your competition will continually experience challenges that will be managed skillfully or be mishandled. Make sure that your last effort is carried out capably! 
 
Think of your life as a series of games or matches in a long sports career, and consider Bill Vaughan’s words: "In the game of life, it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season." Nobody wants to lose, but nobody wants to be expected to win every time, either! Be realistic in your expectations, modest in your failures and gracious in your victories!

 

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