The 2 ft. rule may change your life

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I really haven't been much for motivational posts.  But after being on AR for several months now, I think I am a believer...

A few weeks ago a good friend of mine here in Orlando - Carlene Julian, real estate agent of many years - mentioned the 2 ft. rule.  I had never heard of it.  We were talking about just cleaning up our houses and preserving some sense of order.

The idea is simply you tackle just 2 feet at a time. Well, how clever and easy could that be I said! So instead of thinking to yourself, "Oh my word, I have 7 rooms to tackle and the idea is so overwhelming I don't know what to do.  And the garage is a total wreck" -- you simply start with one small section and get it done.  A 2 ft. section. 

And as you get that 2 feet cleared and in order, you realize a sense of accomplishment~!  And this idea that you can actually get just a little bit done at a time grows on you and you pat yourself on the back and start another section of... just 2 feet.  If you get infected with the idea maybe the third or fourth time you will go beyond that 2 feet and keep going.  Eventually, you will be done and the task will be completed.

You will amaze yourself so much at that point that you might think about other tasks that you have been putting off due to their perceived overwhelming nature.

Think about making just ONE cold call a day.  Just start assembling your list of emails and addresses for direct mail marketing, then send out two a day.  Consider maybe dropping one food item or bad habit that you KNOW is not doing you any good.  Put on your running shoes; well, just buy them at least and then walk around in them - then a day or two later start a simple jog halfway down the block, etc.  Call just one of your clients a day and congratulate them on a recent success.  Write just one paragraph a day on that blog you want to post.  Just kick-start the project that must be done and get a bit worked out.  Reach out to someone that needs just a little bit of your help, etc.

Do you get the picture?  At least take two steps forward and no more than one step back!

Well, about a third into this writing I had to google this idea to see if it was original or not and lo and behold: there is a book out titled: 

The 2 Foot Rule: A common sense guide to cleaning up your life 2 feet at a time.

Amazon has a synopsis below.  Remember, just take two feet at a time...

 In this personal and informative book, Michael Beck helps you understand that no matter how big or small your problems are, you can work through them calmly--2 Feet at a Time. Everyone has issues, but often we avoid addressing them. Sometimes we can barely keep our heads above water. Consider The 2 Foot Rule your "life raft." In the book, Michael focuses on 17 areas of our lives that we all can take a look at and work on 2 Feet at a Time. The book is a quick read and will inspire you to take the next step to cleaning up your life.


Will this change your life?  Maybe.  You are the Captain of your ship~!

Kimo Jarrett has it best understood I believe: "The challenge isn't the issue, it's the decision to take action, isn't it? To change anything requires action, so, the first step is to take the first step and the rest should be easy, shouldn't it?"

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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

John, just an FYI Diane has been nagging at me for many years to clean up my office and the garage..... OK my goal will be two feet for tomorrow in the office:))Endre

Nov 27, 2018 10:35 PM #49
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

The challenge isn't the issue, it's the decision to take action, isn't it? To change anything requires action, so, the first step is to take the first step and the rest should be easy, shouldn't it?

Nov 27, 2018 10:43 PM #50
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

This is my attitude to house work.  If I just do one thing a day, then sooner or later it all gets done.  LOL. Today I brought out the Windex!  Got 2 feet of glass cleaned and does that ever feel good.

Nov 28, 2018 01:43 AM #51
Marie Arcuri
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Wrightsville, PA

What a great idea! I've never heard of the 2-foot rule but it makes sense in so many areas of life! Thank you for sharing your post and the link to the book (maybe I can read just 2 pages at a time )

Nov 28, 2018 05:29 AM #52
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Also new to the 2’ rule, I’m grateful you took the time to share it with us!

Nov 28, 2018 07:49 AM #53
Scott Federighi
Keller Williams Success Realty - Crystal Lake, IL
Realtor serving Chicago's North & Western Suburbs

Great post! Thanks for sharing!

Nov 28, 2018 08:05 AM #54
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

A great reminder!  It made me think of "One bite at a time."

Nov 28, 2018 08:21 AM #55
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Back to basics.... Just get started.... Thanks for the "MOTIVATION".. 

Nov 28, 2018 08:47 AM #56
Randal Jenkins
Coldwell Banker F I Gray and Sons Residential, Inc. - New Port Richey, FL

I thought the 2 foot rule was about talking to strangers to build your business.  Anytime you are within 2 feet of someone, like in an elevator, you take the time to say Hi and that you are a Realtor and would like to know if you can be of service.   (we were stockbrokers then, but I adapted it over to Real Estate).

Nov 28, 2018 08:48 AM #57
Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Excellent post, I have always converted a large task into many smaller tasks. It helps my attitude and final outcome.

Nov 28, 2018 09:33 AM #58
Theresa Akin

Often if we just stand back and take look, we've actually exceeded the '2 foot rule" in less time then allowed. 

Nov 28, 2018 10:49 AM #59
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Tackling one small area at a time and moving on after gaining that feeling of accomplishment has been my advice to my clients for many years. I've always recommended starting with one section of one room...maybe just one cabinet/drawer or the closet or just one corner and working your way out. 

It really does work! It's amazing how enthusiastic one gets after feeling they have accomplished something!

Nov 28, 2018 10:55 AM #60
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I often tell sellers--just do one room at a time, then you will feel a sense of accomplishment !  This mindset does work.

Nov 28, 2018 12:20 PM #61
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931


Today I told about this rule to somebody in my office. 

It does work!

Nov 28, 2018 01:18 PM #62
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

A sense of pride and accomplishment can help one get those small victories day to day.  

Nov 28, 2018 01:23 PM #63
Todd Wilkinson
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Emerald Coast - Destin, FL
Real Estate Agent serving the Emerald Coast

Be it a 2-foot perimeter, or a time limit (say an hour), you can accomplish a great deal in small increments.  Seeing the progress is motivational and encouraging. 

Nov 29, 2018 08:14 AM #64
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Great post John!

Dec 02, 2018 04:54 AM #65
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Great advice. I was not familiar with this rule.

I will schedule a February reblog.

Dec 06, 2018 11:00 AM #66
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

This sounds very similar to what I was taught years ago...spend 15 minutes a day cleaning somethin or decluttering, etc. It does work but I only have two speeds, none and full speed ahead so once I get started, it becomes a bit of an obsession to work until I finish the entire project.

Dec 24, 2018 10:03 PM #67
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

This is much like my Mom's...just take 10 minutes in a room to straighten it...easier than looking at cleaning the whole house.

Feb 13, 2019 04:47 AM #68
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