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Monday Morning Mojo: Productivity Makes Mistake

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

The one thing that productivity seems to ignore is the emotional side of things. As humans, our feelings influence much of what we do and say each day. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes hard to control our feelings and what’s even worse; sometimes we let our feelings get in the way of taking action.

 

The good news is that there’s 3 ways to channel those feelings into taking action and getting good results:

 

1)    Be positive

 

Often times, we procrastinate most when we’re in a bad mood. Not surprisingly, studies show that we’re more productive (and successful) when we’re in a good mood. To incrementally increase your optimism, measure your successes in bite-sized pieces. See your success as a process and not an event. Even the smallest of movements forward should be celebrated as you getting closer to reaching your goal. Focus on the little steps that make the big steps possible.

 

2)     Reward yourself

 

Rewards make us feel good. In fact, research shows that rewards are responsible for three-fourths of why we do things. So, when you accomplish something or get a task done, give yourself a reward. And, if rewarding yourself isn’t enough, use a “device” or a friend.

 

For example, set a task and delivery date/time for its completion. Then, give a friend $100. Tell them that if the task is done by the set date and time, you get the money back. If you don’t, then it’s theirs. That’s some good motivation right there.

 

3)     Peer Pressure

 

We are all products of our environment. Surrounding ourselves with people who we want to be like is much less work than stressing about not getting things done. Join groups and organizations that embody the skills, traits and mindset that you want for yourself. By spending time with these people, you’ll begin to take on the same behaviors and qualities yourself.

Monday Morning Mojo: Selling in the winter is a great idea.

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Fact: a home listed in the winter months is 9% more likely to sell. As well, it sells one week faster than other times of the year and for 1.2% more.*

 

The reason for that is two-fold. First, people who are out shopping for a home at this time of the year are more serious than other buyers – they likely need to buy a home because of a job relocation, birth of a child, major family change, etc. As such they’re out looking intently to find a home for their families.

 

Secondarily, the rates on mortgages are still insanely good, which gives them a huge incentive to make the move at a time of the year when most people “think” it’s the wrong time to move.

 

As an added advantage for sellers, there’s less competition at this time of the year, which means that your home stands out more in the crowd for interested buyers to consider.

 

If you’re waiting until spring to put your home on the market, you might want to reconsider and put your home up for sale now to capture a higher price and sell your home faster. The good news is that you could find a buyer now and pick a closing date closer to the spring – getting to have your cake and eat it too.

 

If you’re interested in finding out what your home is worth in today’s market and are considering selling, give us a call at 215-576-8666.

 

*http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2013/12/winter-selling.html

Monday Morning Mojo: Who Packs Your Parachute?

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

A true story…

Charles Plumb was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a U.S. Navy jet pilot in the Vietnam War.  He flew 75 combat missions and during that time, his plane was struck down by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted to the ground, landing in enemy territory, and was captured.

He spent 6 long years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now speaks to people on what he learned through surviving in a prison camp.

In his lectures, he recounts the story of the time he and his wife were sitting in a restaurant. A man eating there came up and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!"

Astonished, Plumb asked him:"How on God’s green earth did you know that?"

"I packed your parachute,"the man replied.

Plumb was overcome by what he just heard and gasped in astonishment and gratitude. The man shook his hand and said, "I guess it worked!" Plumb assured him, "It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today."

Plumb lay awake that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, "I kept wondering what he might have looked like in his Navy uniform: a white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I kept thinking how many times I could have walked right by him and not even said 'Good morning, how are you?' or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was simply a sailor."

Plumb considered how much time that sailor must have spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship,carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn't know.

Plumb asks his audience – and asks you – "Who's packing your parachute?"

We all have someone who provides what we need to make it through the day. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory: he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute and his spiritual parachute.

He reached out in all these areas before being rescued.

Many times in the daily challenges we face in life, we miss what is really important. We forget to say hello, please,or thank you, give someone a pat on the back on something wonderful that has happened to them, praise them, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this week, these winter months and even this year, acknowledge the people who pack your parachute.

Monday Morning Mojo: Never Give Up On Yourself

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” –George Eliot

 

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and wondered if you should just ‘give up’ on that big goal that you’ve been pursuing, then you know exactly what it’s like to doubt yourself. Feeling this way is surprisingly normal, actually—though that doesn’t make it any more pleasant.

 

From time to time, we all ask ourselves if we’re doing the right things—but it’s important not to let this mindset discourage you so much that you truly do give up on yourself and your goals.

 

As it turns out, the only way to guarantee defeat is to give up when you don’t really want to. Unfortunately, many people take this road—but you will probably regret it if you do. If you love where you’re going and you don’t feel ‘right’ unless you’re pursuing what you truly love, then odds are good that you’re actually doing something pretty incredible. Odds are also pretty good that you’re doing something that’s right for you.

 

If you ever feel tempted to give up on your goals, take a good look in the mirror and remind yourself why you started. Remember other jobs and projects that weren’t right for you, and don’t be afraid to dream big. Don’t be afraid to take risks and to create opportunities for yourself. Don’t be afraid to believe in yourself.

 

But most of all, don’t ever give up on yourself. You’re a truly incredible person, and you have it within you to succeed.

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