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Are you inches from getting what you are capable of?

An article I read earlier in the year was profound and I read it often.  It really impacted me and encouraged me to always strive to do better and make every effort to achieve more in my life. After reading the article I looked back at my life and said "What if I had tried a little harder?  What could I have accomplished?"  It was only a thought and I can't change yesterday and don't dwell on it.  But I certainly have a lot do with what happens right now at this moment.  I can also impact my future and my perception of what I can accomplish and what is possible. 

An excerpt from the article I mentioned

1. At 211 degrees water is hot. At 212 degrees it boils. Boiling water produces steam and steam can power engines.

2. During the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, the margin of victory was;

  • Men's 200 meter Freestyle (swimming) 1.42 seconds
  • Women's 200 meter Freestyle 0.59 seconds
  • Men's 800 meter (running) 0.71 seconds
  • Women's 800 meter 0.13 seconds

3. The average major league baseball player has a batting average of .250. This is three hits for every twelve times at bat. The average salary is one million. Now contrast that with the super star. The super star hits .333. This is significantly higher than the average. It's 83 points higher. The average super star salary is in the millions and Alex Rodriguez of the N.Y. Yankees made $24 million last year. However, it is only a small difference that is producing the significant result. The super star gets only one more hit every twelve times at bat. One more hit produces the significant result.

4. Look at the seconds that separated 1st and 2nd place or how one more hit at bat could mean the difference in between being average and a super star.

My own experience at the 2002 Winter Olympics

I was at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and watched the Freestyle Jumping and was in awe.  My friends and I actually stood 10 feet from where the jumpers were taking off from!  Any of the 2nd through 5th jumpers could have won it all.  The only thing that separated them was one more flip or landing a slightly better landing.

I like to think that we Realtors are a lot like athletes.  We too are sprinting towards the goal line and striving to be better.  Make a decision to put just a little more effort in everything you do. When someone says it can't be done just smile and say "Thank You".

Sometimes we just need to give ourselves permission

I recently wrote a post about a Realtor in Maryland Howard Brinton interviewed by the name of Elaine Northrop.  My friend Elaine in her interview with Howard recalls attending a seminar where the instructor had all the students write down what their goal was in terms of income for the following year.  Elaine said she wrote down $500,000.  When all the students were done the instructor told all the students to cross out what their goal was and double it.  Elaine's first thought was WHAT!  She quickly changed her thought process and said "If not me why not me?"  The following year she earned just under on million in earned commissions and the following year exceeded one million dollars in earned commissions. Elaine explains that when she gave herself permission to go beyond her self imposed limitations her world exploded in many ways.

This can apply our personal lives as well

A few years ago I was tired of being owned by my cell phone 24/7 and made a decision to stop answering it in the evenings and late Saturdays and all Sundays.  One day my daughter said "Dad your cell phones ringing" and I responded by saying "Let it go to voicemail".  My daughters jaw dropped.  You see I was always owned by my clients and had no life.  I knew my income would drop and that was O.K. with me.   Not only was I happier and with my decision to be a better Father but my income continued to grow  beyond what I thought possible.  To me I compared this to a sprinter that tried just a little harder to cross the finish line.  I am glad I tried a little harder to be a better Father.

Make the decision to put the effort in

Whether you want more income, to be the top producer in your office, be a top listing, agent, top sales agent, or a better Father or Mother.  Make the decision to try just a little harder and make the sacrifices that need to be made.  If you don't make it you will be proud of yourself for trying.  If you do make it, pat yourself on the back.

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 17 commentsGeorge Tallabas • March 26 2007 07:57AM

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Good motivation food!!
Posted by Richard Parr, Home Security Specialist - Greater New Orleans, Louisiana (ADT Security Services) about 12 years ago
Thank you Richard...Have a great day
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
George, I read this same article and completely agree.
Posted by Christina Ethridge (The North Idaho Dream Team powered by SKE Realty Group) about 12 years ago
I am just on the brink George!  I can't even describe it and it has alot to do with 411 overload on AR!   Great motivational advice!
Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 12 years ago
Thanks Christina...Have a great week
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Thanks Renee...You are awesome!  Have a great week and "You go girl"!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Thanks Renee...You are awesome!  Have a great week and "You go girl"!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
George, great post my friend. I love stopping by and reading your stuff. Nicely done!
Posted by Jacob Morales - Arizona Mortgage Planner (US Bank) about 12 years ago
Thank you so much Jacob...Have a great week my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

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But just remember close only counts in Horseshoes and Grenade's!

Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) about 12 years ago
LOL....Thanks Danny, have a great evening
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
great post - me of a lot of things in life
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 12 years ago
Thanks my friend...I hope you are doing friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Great stuff!!!  WE as human beings can do anything we set our minds to.  It's all about our attitude and our confidence level.  Another inspiring piece.  Thanks George
Posted by Inland Empire Real Estate Short Sale Pro, InlandHomeFinder.com (InlandHomeFinder.com) about 12 years ago
Thanks Nick for your kind comments.  I hope you are well Nick..Your the man!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

George,

Another great post!  You know I just became a dad...again after 19 years!  I have one daughter (a beautiful, intelligent, young lady) that I missed growing up because I was always picking up the phone Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.  And now I have a son that will be 5 months old on April 2nd.  I know that I have to provide for him, but now after looking back on everything, I want to have my fingerprints all over him!!  So, my priorities have changed but I still have a passion to help people as well.  Oh well, as I said before, Great Post!

Thanks & 


Posted by Rick Turner, Puts People In Their Places!! (Key Realty) about 12 years ago
Thank you Rick...you are an awesome Dad...take good care
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

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