Monday, June 16, 2014

Weekend Roundup

Hello all,

"Weekend Roundup"

Happy Fathers Day to all of the Dad's out there. I had a wonderful day with Lisa and the kids, cookout and Game of Thrones season finally with everyone. Made up for a couple of rounds of snow shoveling...

There was a good article in the Weekend Roundup from MRIS, here is the link.

The number we all need to keep an eye on is Year over Year closed sales. They were down 10.6% for May. Inventory and activity in the offices has picked up a bit but where are the buyers... Let's keep plugging away out there.

Enjoy the coffee,

Monday Morning Coffee
"Leaders are like eagles. They don't flock - you find them one at a time."  
~ Unattributed 
In Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits," he talks about focusing on the important to the exclusion of the unimportant. In his own words, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." 
See if you recognize which motivational trainer espoused this similar philosophy: 
"There are things within your power, and there are things beyond your power. Within your power are opinion, aim, desire, aversion; in a word, whatever affairs are your own. Beyond your power are body, property, reputation, office; in a word, affairs not properly your own. Concern yourself only with what is within your power. 
The essence of good consists of things within your own power; with them there is no room for envy or emulation. For your part, do not desire to be a general, or a senator, or a consul, but to be free; and the only way to do this is a disregard of things which do not lie within your own power." 
If you guessed Zig Ziglar, Howard Brinton, or Anthony Robbins, guess again. Its author referred to it as a "field manual for soldiers." It was carried by Frederick the Great on all his campaigns. It was written by the Stoic philosopher Epictetus. 
Stephen Covey conveys a similar message when he suggests drawing two concentric circles with a dot in the middle. He equates the dot in the middle to you, the first circle as your area of influence, and the outside circle as your area of concern. He suggests that you concentrate only on the circle of influence, things which you have the power to influence or change. He advises that you disregard those in the area of concern over which you have no influence or power. 
How much time and energy are you wasting through worry and concern over things you cannot control? Focus your energy and your life on the "main thing" beginning now - then watch your circle of influence begin to grow. Do it now!

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