Say What I Mean - And Mean What I Say - Carlisle, PA

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams of Central PA RS334568

It would be impossible to count the number of articles, books, seminars and accountability groups that all share the common theme of 'time management.' Yet, it sometimes seems that the more accessibility we have to systems, tools, and apps, the more of an issue 'time management' seems to be for so many.

Management of time cannot be addressed without also considering how it is interconnected with every other area of our life - such as: our management of money, food and relationships.   

Often the expression that "I don't have time" has simply become another way of saying "I don't want to" which leads me to a valuable point, one that for me, is a continual 'work-in-progress'...

'Say what I mean - and mean what I say'

Let my 'Yes' never be flimsy, half-hearted or stale - let me say an emphatic YES with exuberance and the same goes for my 'No' - let it be plainly stated without wavering.   A crystal clear 'yes' or 'no' equals freedom!

For the sake of time, and to bring this post back to the issue at hand, let us consider the following questions when thinking through our 'yes'...
-Do I need to do this? If I answer yes, honestly assess if that is true. If it is in fact true, clearly define why it needs to be done.
-Will this task/activity/event bring me closer to a personal goal(s) or will it bring me true personal pleasure? How? Clearly define.  Challenge yourself...ask thought provoking questions.

Life is bursting at the seams with a bombardment of ways to spend/invest our time. Each moment is valuable and so, indifference is not an option. 

Our individual calendars should be a true reflection of the statement:

'Say what I mean - and mean what I say'


This is my post submission in response to Grant Schneider extending the TIME MANAGEMENT IS NOT A TIME MANAGEMENT ISSUE October Contest.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Maria. I like this and your analysis is thoughtful and wise.

Oct 29, 2017 08:16 AM #28
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Sheila Anderson - I always appreciate when someone reads my post and then takes the next step to reflect upon what I've shared - so thank you!

Oct 29, 2017 12:26 PM #29
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I love this. I relate to it from past experience working in a car dealership. One of the things I had to repeat over and over to the sales force was the need to be clear when stating things to customers.

"If you say anything other than NO, it can and will be mistaken as a YES in the customer's mind."  Sales people often avoid telling a customer something isn't included by saying "I'll see what I can do" or "let me find out". Tell them a clean NO and that is the end of it. 

Lots of wasted time and disgruntled customers is the result of avoiding answering clearly.

Oct 29, 2017 02:49 PM #30
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Sharon Tara - Love what you've shared - I always appreciate a "Clean NO" verses a wishy-washy "maybe" ...!!

Oct 29, 2017 02:53 PM #31
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Can't tell you how many times I've heard a customer say " the salesman said it was included!"

Oct 29, 2017 02:57 PM #32
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Well said.  When you said "Let my yes never be flimsy" it made me think of a verse from the Bible I try to live by... "But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’‘No."

Oct 30, 2017 08:44 AM #33
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

This is a great post, ! A yes or a no are two of the best answers to many questions. And if I answer "I don't know, let me get back to you on that." I mean what I say. 

Oct 31, 2017 12:29 AM #34
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Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Maria, time is one of those things that I continually struggle with. When I think I have it tied down, I find myself lassoed to a table leg. 

Nov 01, 2017 07:11 PM #35
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Always. There is no other way that works really as well as just telling the truth and being real with people.

Nov 01, 2017 11:36 PM #36
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The energy of being lassoed to a table leg is really weird for me. I kind of like it. Love and light! Mike Cooper

Nov 01, 2017 11:37 PM #37
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Maria,   I was reading a book the other day about time management.  When asked to do something, the author suggested that the answer should either be "Hell Yes!" or "No".  Never waffle.  Either it is a priority or not.  Seems like a reasonable way of reducing the chance of becoming overbooked and overwhelmed.   Thanks for your post.

Nov 02, 2017 09:32 AM #38
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Carol Williams - I particularly love the oomph of the 'Hell Yes" - !! Thank you - !!

Nov 02, 2017 09:46 AM #39
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

This is true, ""I don't have time" has simply become another way of saying "I don't want to."

Nov 02, 2017 01:02 PM #40
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Jill Sackler - Thank you so much for stopping by to read my post and share your response...

Nov 02, 2017 01:09 PM #41
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Excellent point. A very clear and exuberant yes (or no). We can't do everything that is put in front of us, nor should we.

Nov 02, 2017 01:16 PM #42
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

"We can't do everything that is put in front of us, nor should we."  Wise words Kat Palmiotti  - thank you!

Nov 02, 2017 01:21 PM #43
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
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Maria, Yes I liked this post :)

Nov 02, 2017 02:45 PM #44
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Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
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Great points all. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 04, 2017 06:51 PM #45
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Thank you so much Rebecca Gaujot for stopping by to read my post and offer your comment.

Nov 06, 2017 12:48 PM #46
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Thank you Corey Martin for your kind response to my blog post.

Nov 06, 2017 12:49 PM #47
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