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"There isn't a person anywhere who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can." ~ Henry Ford


Ever notice how difficult it is to break out of your routine to take time just for you? Yet, when you do, you experience a sense of refreshment. You're more observant, more aware of your surroundings - if only for a short time.

Those brief periods are when the mind is most receptive to creative thinking. The sub-conscious, with its defensive barriers temporarily lowered, is more likely to receive and accept new ideas. Use that time wisely by letting go, giving yourself permission to dream new dreams, to reach for the "brass ring."

You don't have to analyze or give form to those dreams - just allow them to occur. When an idea begins to grab you and arouses inner excitement, pay attention. Avoid letting your conscious mind scoff at the value of your idea or throw roadblocks in your way. Listen to your quiet inner voice. Allow what Napoleon Hill describes as "infinite intelligence" to speak to you.

Read Henry Ford's quote again and concentrate on the last seven words, "doing more than he thinks he can." It's what your  conscious self "thinks you can do" that is so limiting. Remember the expression "Think you can, think you can't - either way you're right"? Whatever your conscious self thinks is the limit to your doing - IS the limit. To exceed the limits you have placed upon yourself requires expanded thinking.

To get started, find your own quiet place - and go there for just fifteen minutes each day. In good weather, sit outside at dawn with a fresh cup of coffee. If you're a night person, find a quiet corner after the house is settled for the evening. Let the family know you want 15 uninterrupted minutes - just for you. Close your eyes and begin by clearing your mind of trivia - like wiping off a blackboard - then just let go. You'll be amazed at the results.

Julie Beall

Comments (31)

Brandon DeVere
Force Realty - Las Vegas, NV

This often goes overlooked. Another book that refers to this is "Thinkertoys". The author speaks about how Van Goh would sit on a chair with a spoon in his hand and a metal pan on on the floor below when he was about to fall asleep. When he would fall asleep for a split second the spoon would drop, hit the pan and wake him up. He would draw inspiration from his short dream. I thought it to be fascinating. Not quite 15 minutes but the same principal.

May 17, 2010 04:43 PM
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

I really like this idea, Julie.  As a mom, it's so easy to put other people before yourself.  But it is just as important to set aside time to just reboot.  I'm going to give it a try myself this week.  For me, the best time will have to be at the end of the day.  It'll help me downshift and sleep better.  Thanks for the nudge. :)

May 17, 2010 05:36 PM
Roland Woodworth
eXp Realty - Clarksville, TN
eXp Realty

WoW.. Where do we find those extra 15 minutes some days :)

May 17, 2010 05:43 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Great suggestion! I've done it in the past - just try keeping your mind still and see how much is rambling around up there :)

May 17, 2010 05:47 PM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

Julie, If you do this, you might want to try some forms of Eastern mediatation.

May 17, 2010 05:55 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Julie - This is such a phenomenal idea and one that I know I need to implement.

May 17, 2010 05:59 PM
Lynne Ruffin
Lynne RUFFIN - Norfolk, VA
Web Styles

What a great read to start the day off with!  Thank you for your inspiring post. 

May 17, 2010 10:32 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

We are the ones that put limits in our dreams and thoughts. . . Thanks for the reminder

May 17, 2010 11:29 PM
Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation

Great inspiration to start the day!!  And a great reminder to take time for ourselves.  The fifteen minutes sort of falls into the category of 'sleeping on it'.

May 17, 2010 11:33 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Nothing like a few minutes every day to unwind, reflect and be still and listen. Sometimes the hurry up and rush in our business, and family destroys the little voice in us.


May 17, 2010 11:56 PM
Troy Funk
Allison James Estates & Homes, Sarasota 941-957-3737 - Sarasota, FL
Broker / Associate

That perked me up today ... Thank you for the good "Mind Food" - Troy

May 18, 2010 12:11 AM
Stephanie Arnett
Mississippi Magnolia - Starkville, MS
Best REALTOR in Starkville | Crypto + Seller Rep

Couldn't agree more!!

May 18, 2010 02:20 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Lovely post, your are so right, thanks for the reminder.

May 18, 2010 03:08 AM
Sean Carroll
The Get Off Your A$$ Academy - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Speaker and "Expert" Coach

This is so true. I took 2 hours one day last week to just surrender to thought, and journaling. The results were incredible! I came away with so many great goals, ideas, and better yet, some ACTION PLANS! Thanks for sharing!

May 18, 2010 03:31 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author


Simplicity and access to it brings great results....... as your post (and its comments) attest.

Thank you

May 18, 2010 04:00 AM
Jeanne Gregory, RE/MAX Southwest, Sugar Land, TX

Love the quote!  I'm difinitely doing more than I thought I could thanks to a broken right wrist.  There have been some new innovations in my daily routine.  Some pretty humorous, but most have shown me that things need to be looked at differently.  After the initial frustrations I stepped back and thought about things, realized they weren't too bad and moved on.   

May 18, 2010 06:43 AM
Sajy Mathew
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
Making your real estate dreams become a reality!

Imperative that you make some time to chill and relax.

May 18, 2010 06:56 AM
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!

OK, I feel better already.  Great post.  As I read it, my mind made it sound like one of those relaxation tapes.  I feel more relaxed just having read your post!  Thank you.

May 18, 2010 08:28 AM
Nikki Smith

so uplifting and so true. Thank you for this inspiration. I feel already better!

May 18, 2010 04:25 PM
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

Far too many of us don't ever take the time we need for ourselves.

May 19, 2010 02:00 PM