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C.A.R. Workshop: You’re Invited!

Looking to gain clarity in your business? Wondering what Specific Actions Steps you need to take right now? Set your goals with Clear Intentions and then reverse engineer your action steps to achieve your best business and life! You deserve this!

Commit to your 66 days Habit Challenge and get ongoing accountability to Finally Achieve what you’ve been “talking” about!

Join myself and my colleagues at the KW Clinton Market Center on July 7th for this powerful FREE event.  You won’t want to miss it!

Seating is limited to RSVP Now

Click HERE to Register for the C.A.R. Workshop

Can’t Make It To Clinton: Zoom Registrations ARE available as well

Permission to Speak Candidly

Realtors…it might be hard to hear however I say it cause I love ya!

Permission to speak candidly?

Stop with the “free” signs, business cards and lock boxes..and start looking at your business and the 10’s of thousands of $$ you are leaving on the table for those “free” materials.

Are you an employee or a business owner?

Its time to start having bigger conversations!  Let’s Do It! NOW

Are you an Empire Builder? No Really?

It seems these days the word “EMPIRE” is being slung around like the sesame street word of the day.  While I LOVE the word and believe in building your empire, I think we need to chigitty check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.

  1. What does Empire Builder mean to you?
  2. Why do you want to build an Empire?
  3. Are you taking territory… (market share)?
  4. Do you have Active & Passive income streams?
  5. You are your 5 wealth determiners
  6. If the internet was erased tomorrow, what would you have built that would not disappear?

If you are ready to take your real estate job to a Career, to a business to an Empire fill out this quick form here for a complimentary consulting session. Learn what you can do RIGHT NOW to take the next step towards being an Empire Builder!

Until Next Time…

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Be Energizing ~ Limit the B.S.

It’s energizing to be around someone who has a positive outlook on life.  Merely observing an animal or a child experiencing an unclouded life is enough to warm our hearts, bring a smile to our face and be reminded that living a Big life is found in celebrating the small joys.

Here’s the thing though, as powerful as the small joys are they do not come with flashing neon lights and a hand to slap you in the face to say “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”!  If you are not careful you will miss them all together.

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Protect your brain space.  Ask, what am I feeding my head, heart and soul?  What media are you eating? Is it filled with sadness, destruction, death & fear, sprinkled with a funny cat video?  What does the company you keep sound like?  Does it sound like complaining, whining, victim language set on repeat with no desire to take action on a real positive change?

Wake up to your OWN life. Do you wake up to your Facebook feed or your email inbox?  If the answer is yes, consider  This is waking up without a purpose, this is waking up in default to everyone else’s life.  There is zero power in living in default and zero chance of living the life that leads to a legacy. leave-a-legacy

Ignorance is certainly not bliss.  I am not suggesting that you be oblivious to the world, to the real plight that weighs heavy on earthly beings. I am however urging you to gauge how much “news” you are taking in, to have a limit on listening to Bullsh** both from the media and the people in your life. Shine the spotlight on your own language and behavior…ever take the no complaint challenge?  Go for it…check out Tim Ferriss’s blog for the guidelines…I bet you’ll be surprised at the crap that comes out of your brain and then your mouth.

Getting present to your own behavior is a present that only you can give yourself and truly it’s life changing for you and everyone around you..even your pets! 

As always I  would love to hear from you..leave a comment or email me tarastone@kw.com

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FORGET New Year’s Resolutions

 

Hey You….Are you ready to STOP the insanity of your New Year’s resolutions?  Are you looking hopefully at your resolutions graveyard..the one filled with so many good intentions and ideas that lay wasted ready for you to resurrect them once again this New Years Eve?

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Do yourself a favor and Stop It! Enough with the broken well meant promises to yourself and everyone around you.  You my friend need Clarity, a Plan and ACTION!

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Of course you Know what you NEED to Do, want you WANT to Do…you just never made a real plan attached to real accountability …so no wonder your neatly packaged resolution(s) fizzled out like yesterday’s uncorked champagne!

So this year..Just say NO to a resolution and YES to a real plan that will have you doing a victory dance and rejoicing in 12 months.  A year from now, trust me you’ll wish you had started today!  rejoice.png

15 Opportunities Left in 2016

 

What ONE thing are you committed to accomplishing before the end of 2016?

What is No Longer Serving You and Needs to STAY in 2016?

Are you on track to Double your life and your business in 2017?

Do you need help, guidance or direction…a place to start? If the answer is YES, visit me here and complete a quick form to qualify for a complimentary strategy session. http://www.tarastonecoaching.com

Aviod Comfortable Mediocrity 

Trust that you are exactly where you need to be with the option to move and grow or live in a cycle of comfortable mediocrity. YOU are powerful and have so much more to give and receive in your life!

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There is such beauty in NOT comparing your insides to someone else’s outsides when it comes to gauging success.  The vision of the duck effortlessly gliding across the water while being powered by frantic feet below the surface is the perfect example.  In our MasterMind groups there are ALWAYS several AHA moments for our members as successful agents share their obstacles and challenges and agents with lesser production realize we all share the same stresses!  Remember, when someone you admire looks calm and collected, chances are they are either silently suffering or they have built a team of support around them and consistently grow themselves which in turn propels them forward on the pond of life.

No Perfect Moment – STOP putting off your success!

I was So Inspired By This Interview, one of the first times I have ever heard someone talk about that fact that there is No One Calling.  We can be passionate about so many things through out our life, you are NOT going in the wrong direction if you are exploring what drives you, excites you.  The fear of failing is putting off your success and ironically causing you to fail!  Stop, stop waiting for the right moment, the perfect words, the perfect hair day, clearing things off your plate, waiting for kids to grow up, spousal or friend approval! START today, say yes, do something that scares you, pursue your passion(S)!

…and YES, I am wearing glasses..they block the blue light from the computer and I am swearing by them now when I am on any electronic devices!

 

Secret Weapon – Time Blocking

Parkinson’s Law, the idea of which is that work will simply expand to fill the time available for its completion.

Time blocking helps you to make the most of your work day  and your well rounded life by assigning specific tasks to specific (and flexible) blocks of time.

How to Kick off your Time Blocking

Year at a Glance – Pull out your favorite planner or electronic calendar and get the most important items in place first!

True Life Note:  I love my gmail calendar because its easy to share and best of all you can COLOR CODE!  Color Coding lets you see your work/life balance (or lack there of) at a quick glance.  If you love your physical paper daily planner, go for it…grab some pencils, highlighters and markers!

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Ready, Set…Let’s Go!

1.) Start with events that cannot be moved like birthdays, annual conventions and holidays.  Since the dates are steadfast these items go in first.  I also include childcare in this block if I am the one responsible for getting them to or from school/child care on specific consistent days.

2.) Next, it’s time to schedule your vacation time.  How many weeks do you want to take off in 2017?  Go ahead and block that time next.  STOP – do not skip this step, even if you think it’s not going to happen, block the time now!

3.) Now it’s time for date night, family/friend time and your YOU time. Workouts, Dinner with Friends or your love, hiking trips, walking the dogs, reading, mediation, celebrations.

True Life Note: All work and no play makes me a no fun, stressed out girl!  For years I would dare to put personal time on my calendar only to fill it with a client showing or paperwork,  emails, voicemails…you catch my drift. I told myself, I’ll work hard now and play harder “soon”.  Even active child birth labor didn’t keep its shining spot on my calendar as I proceeded to negotiate a contract for one of my listings upon administration of an epidural.  I didn’t take care of myself, my body and if I am being honest I wasn’t present for the most important people in my life, my family. I knew about time blocking and frankly my brain just said “yeah sounds great, but that won’t work for my life, my clients, my schedule”.  I had no one to help guide me or hold me accountable, that is why I am now so passionate about mastering it (yes, it’s an ongoing process) and helping my clients reap the rewards of time blocking in their life.

4.) Last and certainly Not least, input Your ONE thing with work. If you are in real estate or sales your ONE thing is 100% hands down, argue all you want, cry scream and carry on and it still ain’t gonna change … LEAD GENERATION!

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True Life Note:  If you ERASE you must REPLACE.  I get it, life happens!  To believe that nothing will ever change in our calendar is just not realistic and actually sounds quite boring to me.  The basic rule of thumb is if you have to remove a time block you must insert it somewhere else. There are going to be weeks were you are heavy on the work side and others were you are heavy on the personal side, that’s ok!  Just make sure you are always conscious of counter balancing.  My second tip is to LEAVE WHITE SPACE.  There is such a thing as over time blocking!  Time block your breathing room by leaving white space between tasks!

Time Block Reactive Work!

A lot of your work is reactive, emails, phone calls, got a minutes.  You may think this method won’t work for you, I challenge you to just TRY it. By assigning blocks of time to reactive work, you will avoid the daily game of task Ping-Pong when you’re at work.

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If you are like me, you have about 20 tabs open, Facebook Chiming in, an office window to the world with all sorts of shiny objects and you find yourself stopping and starting the same task multiple times before completion. Blocking out time is all well and good in theory, but if you don’t stick to the principles in practice, you’re bound to fail. If you’re settling in for a couple of hours of deep work with a Facebook tab open, your phone ready and willing to accept calls, and your colleagues feeling like they can interrupt you at any moment, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

Make sure people know they shouldn’t disturb you when you are doing your ONE thing.  Put a sign on your office door,  sign out of social media, close all unneeded tabs, and concentrate on the task at hand for the time period assigned to it. You’ll often be surprised at how much you get done!

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Tip:  Use a chess clock to calculate how much time you actually work on your task during the time block.  You may be very shocked to see that your hour time block for calling your sphere actually only adds up to 10-15 minutes of talk time. What would your business look like if you could double that?  It’s not about working harder, or sacrificing more time, it’s about efficiency!

Perform Reviews & Find an Accountability Partner

At the end of each week or month perform a review of the different goals you’ve been working on to see if your time blocking approach is working for you. This will also help you discover what tasks you need to assign more time blocks to. This is the only real way you’ll know how to effectively assign your time. During a review, ask yourself the following questions for each project:

1. What have I accomplish since the last review?
2. What tasks need completing before the next review?
3. At which stage am I at with each of my goals?

4. How does my life/work counter balance look?

With this overview, you’ll be in a much better position to make decisions for the future!

Need Help or an Accountabilibuddy? Contact Me Below!

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