Archives for April 2011

Discipline Builds A Strong Mindset

It is not our genetics that set us up for success or failure it is our mindset. Our mindset is critical to our growth and development. It surfaces in our personal and professional life and helps to form our identity. Some people that do understand the importance of mindset wonder why it seems so hard to achieve. It is the process involved that will ultimately ensure our success and diffuse any fears of failure.

First, we must always persevere and view our careers with a long term perspective. Just as a marathon runner trains and practices for years on end, we must treat each phase of our career as our own marathon. We must set definable and achievable goals,  build our endurance and our skills daily, and make sure that we have the right trainer to hold us accountable along the way to guide us when we need adjusting. When the athlete wishes to improve their speed, they must set short term goals to intensify their lap speed, one lap at a time. Just improving 2 seconds per lap over the course of a race may reduce 30-60 seconds off of their overall time. This is HUGE in the big picture of a marathon. Once one goal is met, it sets the bar for the next race to come.

It stands to reason that every professional will experience his or her share of positive and negative times.  The key to getting ourselves through these tough times is to not give up or give in. It is to remember that THE GOOD STUFF IS IN THE HARD STUFF!  Be sure your goals are meaningful. This will fuel your desire and ensure that you are building the life and career that you want for yourself. To transfer your hopes and dreams into goals and then into reality, we must first break them down into micro goals. NEVER underestimate small beginnings! One right choice builds on the previous choice and each time becomes easier and easier until it becomes a habit.

In order to do this we must develop new disciplines. Advanced decision making is a process that suggests that making the right choices ahead of time will prevent you from stalling when the time comes. The most helpful practice to accomplish this is the method of time-blocking, where you set aside specific times of each day for particular tasks. This is great in theory. However, if we don’t implement proactive duties during our time block that are in line with our specific goals then our practice in the allotted time could actually stunt our growth.  This being said, your Launchpad for this growth system is ACCOUNTABILITY. Choose a broker, fellow associate, or maybe your spouse to hold you accountable to your schedule and to your list of time-blocked activities.

Live determined and with boldness! Our short term goals lay the tracks before us, our long term dreams fuel us to keep moving and ensure that we lay those tracks in the proper direction, and having the courage to face our doubts and fears head on clears our vision and gives us the confidence needed to reach each goal, and ultimately our life’s dreams. So dream on, as discipline and dreams go hand in hand to achieve success.

All I Need To Know I Learned From The Easter Bunny!

All I need to know

I learned from the Easter Bunny!

  •  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  
  •  Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
  • There’s no such thing as too much candy.
  • All work and no play can make you a basket case.
  • Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
  • Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
  • Some body parts should be floppy.
  • Keep your paws off of other people’s jelly beans.
  • Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
  • The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket.
  • To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.
  • The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

May the joy of the season fill your heart.


Happy Easter!

Appraisal Institute Issues Earth Day Call for Collaboration to Real Estate Community

Would you like to make a difference when it comes to the appraisal values of “Green Properties” in Hampton Roads? 

Well, in celebration of Earth Day, the Appraisal Institute today called on the world’s real estate community to join in helping ensure reliable valuations for sustainable “green” buildings.

Appraisers are speaking out about a need to have all information from underwriters, builders, real estate agents and home inspectors related to energy efficient features in order to recognize them and to make appropriate, market-based adjustments. Appraisers frequently ask for ratings information, blueprints and specifications of properties’ conservation features but are not provided the information – either because those involved in their construction, sale or financing mistakenly believe they are not applicable to the appraisal process, or because the data are not generally available.*

Click the following link to see the full article… 

Also, in honor of Earth Day be sure to…

  • Stop by Starbucks TODAY!  They are offering a free brewed coffee to anyone who brings in a reusable cup.
  • And don’t forget  a trip to Lowe’s …you can plant a tree for FREE tomorrow.  Lowe’s is giving away one free seedling tree per person on Saturday, 4/23/2011 beginning at 6am.

*Data and Title is courtesy of RisMedia.

What To Do With Your Spring Fever This Year

Did you know that doctors believe that Spring fever is rooted in brain science?

The longer and brighter days of Spring mean that we are exposed to more sunlight. The additional exposure causes our brains to lessen the release of melatonin, the chemical that makes us more tired in the winter, and increase levels of serotonin, which is a mood boosting neurotransmitter. Regardless of the cause, you can be sure of one thing; Spring fever is the perfect medicine for those winter blues.

What local events and activities to you plan on getting involved in with all of that new found energy? Here are a few Hampton Roads events to take advantage of this Spring.


April 16 — International Children’s Festival, Mill Point Park, downtown Hampton

April 30 — NATO Fest, Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk 

May 12-14 — Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival, Suffolk

May 7 — Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, Norfolk

May 13-15 — Air Power Over Hampton Roads, Langley Air Force, Hampton

May 14 — Virginia Beer Festival, Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk

May 19-22 — Chesapeake Jubilee, Chesapeake City Park

May 21-22 — Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival, Norfolk

May 28-29 — Pungo Strawberry Festival, Virginia Beach

June 2-5 —Newport News Greek Festival

June 3-5 — Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival

June 10-12 — Harborfest, Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk.

June 16-19 — Boardwalk Art Show and Festival, Virginia Beach