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Happy New Year...Level Up in 2014!

As another year comes to a close and we take some time to reflect, refocus and retool for the new year... I encourage everyone to "Level Up" ... credit to Kuba for this turn of phrase:)

What follows is a potpourri of ideas, posts, exercises to assist you on your journey to Leveling Up in 2014!


I saw this on the Holstee Manifesto blog and just loved the simplicity of it:

If you’d like to reflect on the year with us, here are some suggestions: writing a simple timeline from January to December to list major events month by month, looking through your calendars, notebooks, journals, and photos or even using your social media profiles to help bring memories back.

The Holstee team also shared this excellent exercise that I am definitely doing for 2014:

Ask yourself and answer these 3 questions:

  1. what you would like to start doing in 2014
  2. what you’d like to stop doing
  3. what you’d like to continue doing

Thanks to my sister Loreen O'Brien for creating this cool worksheet:
Download Start Stop Continue

Find Clarity and Set Powerful Outcomes... Not Resolutions!

"Clarity accounts for probably 80% of success and happiness. Lack of clarity is probably more responsible for frustration and underachievement than any other single factor.  Your success in life will be largely determined by how clear you are about what it is you really, really want."  - Brian Tracy

The main reason most resolutions don’t work is that they focus on only one area of your life - the DO level. Many of us are living life with the focus on DO-HAVE-BE.  “I will DO this thing.” (Lose weight) “So I can HAVE this other thing” (Self-Esteem) and I can BE this thing. (Confident.)

The average New Year’s Resolution doesn’t tackle the core of the issue – the “BE” level.

The best method for creating positive changes in your life is to understand and use the BE - DO - HAVE model.  When you begin changing on the BE level of your life, then the DO level and the HAVE level follow more easily.

Read the entire blog post here and take action:

Why Resolutions Don't Work-How to Celebrate Your Successess..Then Set Outcomes 



Create Your Real Estate Business Plan for 2014!

Are you ready, willing and  able to join the success group (the less  than 20%) who actually complete a written business plan?  Are you willing to  do the opposite of what the masses  usually do and achieve your desired  outcomes?  Start today by following these 3 Steps to  Business Planning and Take  Action!

The Real Estate Agent Business Plan – 3 Steps to Success 

Articles on Goal Setting, Productivity and Mindset:


 Happy New Year to All!  Best wishes for an amazing, abundant and healthy 2014!


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Cultivating and Practicing Gratitude

Today, I am grateful for.....

A powerful and simple daily practice to help us stay in the present moment, be mindful and happy is to ask and answer this question at the end of each day.  Practicing gratitude daily creates awareness and appreciation for what we do have.  It gives us perspective.

Taking it a step further... record it daily in a journal or your calendar. 

For you mobile device lovers...there are plenty of APPS for that!  Just search journal, diary in the APP store.  Here are two I recommend checking out:

Journal for Evernote

Day One


Here some other ideas and resources for practicing gratitude in your life.

Read this article Why Gratitude Makes Life Better and 40+ Ways to Get Started

In her best selling book "Simple Abundance - A Day Book of Comfort and Joy ",  Sarah Ban Breathnach  takes the reader on a daily inspirational and transformational  journey toward self-discovery and awareness weaving these 6 major themes of gratitude, simplicity, order, harmony, beauty and joy.

The Gratitude Journal is an excellent and easy way to practice daily journaling.  Just follow these simple steps to cultivating more gratitude and happiness in your life:

  • Select a journal or notebook that interests or inspires you.  Visit a book store and see what jumps out for you - discover if you prefer ruled or un-ruled, blank pages.  My personal preference is the Moleskin notebooks - the blank, unlined versions. 
  • Get a favorite pen or writing instrument.  Don't underestimate the value of a great pen! 
  • At the end of the day simply answer this question in your gratitude journal -
    Today I am grateful for.... 

What happened today that made you smile?

Who are you thankful for today?

Notice and record "Kodak" moments 

Notice and write down synchronicities 

Celebrate the small things


"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."    -Melody Beattie


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