©Patricia Feager, 2/21/2017
I just finished reading, "Think About that First Impression," by Nick & Trudy Vandekar who wrote a great story after being inspired by a post written by Sharon Tara! They were both wonderful! As I read their stories and watched Nick's video I got that surge of happiness from one of my earliest recollections of first impressions which resulted in perfect bliss!
What would it be like to wake up every day and every day was filled with the anticipation of something beautiful, exciting, and that feeling of falling in love? As I concluded from watching Nick's video, if you ever want to accomplish anything in life, you have to have a vision of what it's supposed to look like. The reason why people don't get that happiness is because they sabotage themselves before the day begins. Resistance, taking shortcuts, thinking details don't matter, trying to fool other people doesn't work.
Take a blog post, for example. Writing is a craft and, like all craft, proceeds by stages: conception, material selection, rough shaping, detailed shaping, sanding and finishing." --- Richard Rhodes. Or think about a life changer, e.g., how many inventions were never invented because the inventor gave up before the end result and quit when his idea was rejected because it wasn't ready or perfected? As I am writing this story, I am thinking about my first listing. I was the Seller's second Real Estate Agent. The sellers were on the verge of giving up and couldn't understand why their house hadn't sold. I remember vividly, they told me, we don't care if you're brand new to the business. All we want is for you to be honest with us - oh, and by the way, the tearful lady said, "We already did everything the other agent said, so tell us something new, something different, tell the truth what needs to be done to sell this house."
I told the sellers to step outside and come back inside, in about 10 minutes; then we'd talk. As I walked through the house with fresh eyes, I was being critical, convincing, and confident. When the sellers came back inside with wide-eyed wonder about what I was going to say, I simply said, "Let's walk through this house as if you are the buyers and I'm your Real Estate Agent - tell me honestly, what you see, and the reason why you wouldn't buy it."
They came up with a long list and in one word we summed up the problem - OUTDATED. Like magic, the woman dried her tears, they stood up taller and more confident. All they said to me is, "We know exactly what needs to be done - come back tomorrow at 9 o'clock and we will have the house ready for you to list. The next day, the sofa was uncovered and there were new bright colored pillows, the old 1970 sheet music on the piano was gone, her collection of figurines that were dusty and old were no longer on display, the old heavy drapes disappeared and the blinds let in a stream of light that brought joy inside. From room to room, everything was transformed. The house was updated, fresh, and clean. Within three days we had three offers and it was a Buyer's market. The Buyers paid full price and didn't ask for much from my sellers.
The difference between night and day was happiness and boy was it contagious!!!