My Life! By Design Ripple Effect

Real Estate Agent with Lake and Lodge Realty LLC

My Life! By Design Ripple Effect.


A week ago I decided to try the contest that featured Tom Ferry's new book "Life! By Design". From the moment I started reading I knew something huge was about to happen. Before finished the exercise I had ordered the book and was uncomfortably inching forward. I decided to do the exercise and found the exercise on completing the half circles really hit home. In this past week there are half circles coming out of closets everywhere. Seems like for everyone I close two more open which makes me wonder if there is an end to them. It has been an uncomfortable but rewarding experience as some of the circles were left open because I didn't really want to deal with them to begin with but they ALL need completion to move on towards a better place.

The hardest ones were of course family related. Amazing how a day turns into a month and then a year turns into a decade without loved ones when one simple (yet very uncomfortable) phone call could have kept you from robbing your future of their presence. What starts out a little issue can build into a huge fight if you don't close those family circles quickly. I have spent the week trying to organize my half circles for completion and while it probably doesn't make much sense I am working on the most uncomfy ones first. I have now spoke to a brother that had been lost to me for years, I have reconciled differences with a few fellow agents that will help me move forward and I have came to the realization we do not control over life or death and blaming ourselves or others only gets in the way of moving forward. Pretty busy week considering I also worked my normal 80 hours and still watched by grand daughter play soccer. I think as important as completing half open circles from the past this exercise has left me trying not to add to my incomplete circle pile and deal with everyday issues now.

My thanks to Tom Ferry for writing the book and to Bob Stewart for bringing it to my attention. Life changing doesn't cover it guys.


Tom Ferry: LIFE! By DESIGNThis post is to help promote Tom Ferry's upcoming book, LIFE! By DESIGN. The contents of my post are the result of some self reflection the preview chapter of the book asks us to do about ourselves.

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Everyone that orders a copy of the book between now and April 23rd, 2010 will also receive one ticket to attend Tom's Success Summit, August 24-26th and the MP3 audio role play program: Objection Handling for Buyers, Sellers and Short Sales.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

i have not read the book but there has sure been a lot of great PR...fence mending or circle completing...closure or opening a door to a relationship abandoned...great feeling !

Apr 22, 2010 10:59 PM #1
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Nice jobe Randy.  I'm sure those circles will come to completion in no time.  Thanks for the update.

Apr 23, 2010 12:28 AM #2
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Great will feel even more wonderful as you complete the circles....congrats to you for taking the first steps!!

Apr 23, 2010 12:55 AM #3
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Randy, this is a really inspiring and heart felt post.  I'm so happy for you - it must feel great to finally close some circles and mend some fences.  Who would have thought a little book could be so powerful.

Apr 23, 2010 04:17 AM #4
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