It all begins with commitment . . .

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pareto Realty TN #251071

As we tumble through life . . .

we make myriad decisions every minute of every day.

Will it be THIS or THAT or neither?

It sounds like a good idea, but is now the right time for this?

If I/we decide to do it, what are the potential repercussions (positive, neutral, or negative)

Are the “right people” here with us?

What about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) . . . If we do this, what is the “opportunity cost”? . . . What are we choosing NOT to do with this time, energy, and money?

Are we being intentional, or haphazardly “going with the flow”?

Are we asking questions (of self and others) . . . tough questions like: “What can go wrong?” and “What if we FAIL?”

Seth Godin’s post this morning speaks to this:


The Magic of the Countdown

Thea von Harbou invented the countdown. 10, 9, 8…

It works.

It focuses the attention of everyone involved and ensures that we’re truly alert for what’s going to happen next.

It helps that the numbers go down, not up (because up might never end). And it helps that as we get closer to lift-off, tension goes up, not down.

But what really matters is this: There’s a commitment.

When we get to zero, we’re actually going to do this.

The commitment has to happen before the countdown can.“


Assuming all of the above is valid . . .

Is what you are doing in your wheelhouse?

If not . . . Why are you doing it?

Know your niche, and do that – Delegate the rest.

Before you know it, you’ll find yourself more happily committed to your work

Published by Barry Owen 

Strategist-CEO of Pareto Realty Real estate sales Professional Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities BarryOwen.US Invite-Listen-Love 

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Nashville, TN

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Barry:  happiness, fulfillment, satisfaction.  So many thoughts come to mind.  You have a way of starting the motion in the wheels.  

Jul 08, 2020 07:08 AM #1
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Know your niche, and do that – Delegate the rest. - some of the best advice I have seen in awhile.  Thanks so much for sharing.  Hope that you have a wonderful day!

Jul 08, 2020 07:18 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Thea was born in 1888.  Who knew that the countdown was originated after that?

Jul 08, 2020 08:07 AM #3
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Inspirational!  Start with the commitment and go for it in small increments.

Jul 09, 2020 09:23 AM #4
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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Jul 11, 2020 02:44 PM #5
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