Try Taking a Step Back

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Try Taking a Step Back...

The other day I was in the market looking for a particular type of Risotto.  I’d purchased it before and remembered it being in this take a step backparticular store on this aisle.  So there I am looking for a good 5 minutes (or so it seemed.)

The rice products were no more than 2 feet in front of me. I scoured each shelf looking for the familiar package.

I thought my contacts were going to pop out!

So, I decided to take a step back. In fact, I stood in front of the shelves directly across from it, probably a good 4 or 5 feet away. I searched again.

And there it was!

It was a reminder to me that when we’re searching for something, such as an answer to a problem, sometimes all we need to do is take a step back.


That step back could mean literally stepping back.

When staging a room, I’ve often stepped out of the room or house, and come back in for a different or new perspective.

It could mean stepping back, and away, and coming back with a fresh perspective.

This is especially true when I’m working on a computer issue.  I don’t like the wasted time of doing the same thing over and over again with no result.  For me, I have to walk away and return to give it a fresh try.

It could even mean stepping back and getting the opinion of a peer or someone whose opinion you trust.

I’ve called Sharon Tara  many times asking her opinion about placement of a table or bed.

Taking a step back can mean knowing when you need help!


The next time you’re in search of something and aren’t finding it, try taking a step back!



You must look within for value, but must look beyond for perspective. Denis Waitley



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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

LOL my husband does this ALL the time!  The grocery stores deliberately put the most $$ and profitable products within easy sight lines. I am like you--I always take a few steps back and study each shelf.

Feb 25, 2017 07:44 AM #63
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to less is more and sufficient many a time for all our answers...

Feb 25, 2017 07:48 AM #64
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I find myself stepping back ... sometimes waaaay back ... and stepping away from things to get clarity. Sometimes it is right in front of my face ... and I just cannot see it.  Great anlogy in this post Kathy Streib 

Feb 25, 2017 09:36 AM #65
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy Streib, Taking a step back is the thing to do so many times to see things clear.  Great blog as always from you!


Feb 25, 2017 10:26 AM #66
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

So glad this got featured Kathy Streib !! Stepping back kind of took me a while to learn... I'm the sort who's conversation with life is out loud... even when no one else is around. :O) On the occasion of a 'looking for something' or 'need an answer' I remind me... "It's most likely right in front of you!" So, stepping back is a great reminder!

Feb 25, 2017 12:33 PM #67
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Excellent advice, Kathy, and boy do I need to do that more often. Have a great weekend!

Feb 25, 2017 12:52 PM #68
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Words of wisdom, Kathy, and I agree taking a break to gain perspective is often important. My favorite breaks refresh the Spirit and body. A quick burst of playful dancing, a short walk, a few minutes spent reading an inspirational book or article... whatever helps us "reset" and refresh can make us see with new eyes.

Feb 25, 2017 02:15 PM #69
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy what awesome advice indeed we need to take a step or two back and then we get the right perspective....loved the post and the fact that you got the Risotto.... funny I was planning on making some yesterday, but ended up being on the phone for two hours more than I anticipated....Endre

Feb 25, 2017 02:30 PM #70
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Kathy, what a great visual description you gave on finding what you are looking for.

I am reminded that often after I have been reading for a while, my eyes seem to get blurry and it is hard for me to sort out the words. I know it is time to at least look away, blink a few times to see if my vision clears. If I still have trouble then I know it is time to step away and then try latter.

Good advice.

Feb 25, 2017 03:45 PM #71
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I would call that not being to see the forest for the trees.  It is similar with some posts.Set it to draft and comb back the next day and it has a different feel

Feb 25, 2017 05:21 PM #72
Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty
Skye Louis Realty - Coconut Creek, FL
Residential Real Estate

Taking a step back is not a means of surrendering. Sometimes, it is a leap to something newer, greater, or better.

Feb 25, 2017 06:00 PM #73
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

It is sort of the "sleep on it" technique which works along with for me...thinking in the shower...amazing ideas/solutions become apparent.

Feb 26, 2017 02:01 AM #74
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

It is so true Kathy Streib and maybe that is why many of my friends have always called me the 'doc' because I try to give that fresh perspective on the clutter in the is always wise to do.

Feb 26, 2017 04:47 AM #75
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

It seems that it is all a matter of perspective sometimes and when we take a step back, it helps us to see the bigger picture.

Feb 26, 2017 07:57 AM #76
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Hate that when it is right there & you don't see. Sometimes everyone needs a fresh perspective.

Feb 26, 2017 02:23 PM #77
Virginia Youngblood
DO-STAGE! LLC - an ASPM® Home Staging Company - Charlotte, NC
DO-STAGE! LLC - Home Stager - ASPM®

Yes, we need community and it's so great to be able to rely on another set of eyes and the other's opinion when we get "stumped" on something!

Great advise for all of us -- especially for stagers!

Feb 27, 2017 08:14 PM #78
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Good perspective Kathy, thanks! -Kasey

Mar 07, 2017 07:41 PM #79
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your post.  Such smart advice.  Reminds me of when I lose something in my house! 

Mar 08, 2017 07:23 PM #80
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty Partners - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Stepping back is a great way to say "pause and breathe" and then know the answer will most likely be forthcoming. Trust me this works for me when I misplace my keys! Great post about common sense, Kathy Streib. Thank you.

Mar 25, 2017 04:08 PM #81
David Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality

I love reading the blogs particularly the just for fun ones :-) even though I am doing a big time catch up. Thanks so much for taking the time to post keep them coming :-)

Feb 05, 2018 05:47 PM #82
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