Motivational Monday…Surround Yourself

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Motivational Monday…Surround Yourself

Today we celebrate Positive Thinking Day and what better day than on a Monday when we begin a new week!  


So I say let’s work at surrounding ourselves with people, places, and things that elicit that upbeat feeling that makes us ready to meet the day. 

As humans, we’re often drawn to the bleak. Don’t deny it!  How many of us turn and look at accidents!? If soaps, television, and reality shows were all lollipops and roses no one would watch them!


However, having a positive attitude is good for our health, our relationships (work and personal), and our quality of life. 



*Choose to be around people who are upbeat 

* When those around you take the negative path, choose another

* Take time each day (or throughout the day) to say what you are grateful for

*When you find yourself in a funk…STOP, think of one thing or person you are grateful for and that brings you joy. 

*Do or give to someone else. Nothing takes your mind off your own troubles better than focusing on someone else.

* BE In THE MOMENT…this isn’t always easy but stop and look around you. Consider what you have at that moment…who you are with…what you are doing. 



One more thing…One way I begin my day on a positive note is to read Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS’s daily quotes. His photo and quote jumpstart each day for me.

Join me in choosing to be positive!

 Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Joseph Campbell

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Comments (28)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Yesterday we showed a condo to a couple who really liked what they saw. Then 
negative nelly", the know-it-all mother-in-law chimed in with all her negativity and made them feel it was the wrong decision. I can imagine her being that way all the time with them!

Sep 12, 2022 06:37 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - I try to be around positive can do people.  And of the other side I delete the doom and gloom feeds on my phone.

Sep 12, 2022 06:45 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Negative people seem to slowly kill themselves...and die at a young age. Just be happy.

Sep 12, 2022 06:59 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

One thing that I find helps me avoid a negative attitude (sometimes) when things don't seem to be going the way I want them to, is to tell myself " I am right where I am meant to be."

Stuck in traffic, getting a late start out the door, not getting the reservation I usually ends up working out in my favor it was "meant to be".

Hey maybe that traffic kept me from a serious accident further down the road!

Sep 12, 2022 07:35 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy negative people suck the life out of you, so I avoid them because life is to short already.

Sep 12, 2022 10:17 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy it's very simple to me.......


Sep 12, 2022 10:22 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I'm with you Nina Hollander, Broker I don't want downers to try to bring me down. I'll walk away. 

Wayne Martin that is an excellent way to begin the day!

Sep 12, 2022 10:45 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and this is what I like about the people in the Rain, They all all positive people here and make my day!


Sep 12, 2022 11:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, had to laugh when you said we are drawn to bleak.   My investor wrote an offer yesterday afternoon, and since he hasn't heard anything, he just assumes he lost it.   NOPE, not so just yet.   Agent will call me.

Sep 12, 2022 02:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Kat Palmiotti i'm with you!!! Why wouldn't anyone choose to be happy. 

Brian England same here!!!  AS I got older I told myself that one of the perks was that I could divest myself of negative people. 

Sep 12, 2022 05:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Roy Kelley Hope that you and Chef Dolores have a great week ahead. 

Carol Williams ditto!  When I got older was when I decided I'd paid my dues and didn't have to suffer negative people. 

Sep 12, 2022 05:19 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

That's it exactly Bill Salvatore - East Valley I have walked away from conversations when they became too negative. 

Dorie Dillard Austin TX we feed off of it, don't we!

Sep 12, 2022 05:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I wonder how many well-meaning relatives have killed the deal?

Grant Schneider good for you!  There's too much out there that try to bring us down. 

Sep 12, 2022 05:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty that may be. And it makes sense!!

Sharon Tara that's a great way to look at it!!!  It's a lot better than fuming and worrying. 

Sep 12, 2022 05:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto they really do. They fall into the high  maintenance category for me because they take effort to be around. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker exactly!!!  That sign says it all. 

Sep 12, 2022 05:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Will Hamm I agree. Members are positive and supportive. 

Joan Cox we do watch train wrecks, don't we!!b

Sep 12, 2022 05:30 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

That's why I love our Tuesday Zoom calls - we keep the positive people (the negative ones stopped coming)

Sep 12, 2022 06:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy you are so spot on with this post, now that the market is shifting there are so many people that are sending downer vibrations out and I just keep as far away from them as I can, Endre

Sep 12, 2022 08:03 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Totally away Endre Barath, Jr. !! Hope you two had a lovely birthday lunch!  The boys wanted to say Happy Birthday to Aunt Diane!


Sep 12, 2022 09:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  Auntie Diane loved the picture and good wishes from the boys:) she went to bed so before she falls asleep I had to show it to her:))Endre

Sep 12, 2022 10:20 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I always look forward to your motivational Monday quotes and post. I also want to thank you for the endorsement, it really made my day Kathy 🙂

Sep 12, 2022 08:34 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Sep 13, 2022 05:05 PM