Motivational Monday…You’ll Need This

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Motivational Monday…You’ll Need This


Is there something you want to tackle that you’ve been dragging your feet on? Maybe it’s going back to school or opening your own brokerage firm. 


Recently I was speaking with a young friend who was debating about going to graduate school. They’d been working for a few years after receiving their degree but felt a Master’s degree would help further their career.



“What’s your hesitation?” I asked.  As you might suspect, they were concerned about juggling a full-time job and family life with going to school. It was going to take 2 years and they would have to make some sacrifices.

And then I asked..."Do you believe you can do this?"


All of us can make a long list in the Con column of why we can’t or shouldn’t try something…Time, Cost, Ability, etc. But there’s one thing we need in our  Pro column besides Time, Skills, and Ability and that is Belief…in ourselves and what we want to do. 



So…what are you ready to do this week??

Believe you can and you're halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

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Comments (22)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Sometimes what you can accomplish does not fit with what a significant other thinks. And, sometime times you have to move on! It is a matter of choice that is not the same for everyone. Enjoy your day.

Nov 28, 2022 04:15 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin you can’t let others tell you what you can or cannot try.

Nov 28, 2022 05:03 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - I have had this conversation with my daughter and son in law.  You can do it if you want it and see the value.

Nov 28, 2022 04:19 AM
Kathy Streib

Grant Schneider oh yes. Years ago when my niece was concerned about tackling something- I asked if she wanted it and if she believed she could do it

Nov 28, 2022 05:05 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - "to do" is an important part of the process for "anything" but it's only a part of the bigger picture.  Each of us arrives at that place in different ways.  

Nov 28, 2022 04:25 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs support from others is also part of the equation 

Nov 28, 2022 05:05 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If we listen to our needs and desires, we'll know what to do. Sometimes we need to take short-term difficulties for longer term success/happiness/etc.

Nov 28, 2022 04:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Exactly Kat Palmiotti the short term is often a lot shorter than we think.

Nov 28, 2022 05:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... what I'd like to do this week is retire. Of course, I say that most days. Of course, it's something I can do. But it's not something I'll be doing (yet). :)

Nov 28, 2022 05:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker What would you want to do when you do retire???

Nov 28, 2022 05:54 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... and that is exactly the problem! :)

Nov 29, 2022 04:12 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

We have to believe in ourselves before we can do anything, I love that you asked if she believed that she could do it.

Nov 28, 2022 05:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Brian England You can learn a lot when you listen and ask some questions. 

Nov 28, 2022 06:11 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

I do feel you have to believe to succeed.  Happy Monday, back to the grind.  Lots of eating over the weekend.  On my way to the gym this morning. Bill 

Nov 28, 2022 05:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley Hope you had a good workout!  We began the day with a great walk!!!

Nov 28, 2022 06:13 PM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Have a Great Monday. See your blog. See my French Quarter Blog.

Nov 28, 2022 06:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Eric Bouler I love the colorful photos you share with us. 

Nov 28, 2022 06:14 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Kathy. I need to write my fourth post for the November Challenge.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Nov 28, 2022 06:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Roy Kelley I can't wait to read it. 

Nov 28, 2022 06:15 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Love that quote because it is so true! I had such a busy week-end, listing appointments, showing property, having friends over to decorate my tree (I jammed my arm and was hard to reach up). Its getting better but really wanted to get all my Christmas decorations up inside and out. Its Monday morning, had John and family for dinner last night and its all up! It can happen ..You have to believe you can do it and then get it done!

Nov 28, 2022 07:03 AM
Kathy Streib

HI Dorie Dillard Austin TX I hope your arm is getting better!!! It's good that you have family and friends around to help!  I put my tree up before Thanksgiving and finished up today with the rest of the house decorations. 

Nov 28, 2022 06:17 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good morning Kathy.  We can make excuses for ourselves can't we?  I like the pic of the girl and balloons.  mdm

Nov 28, 2022 08:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho My high school principal had a sign on his desk ...I don't expect you to make good excuses, I expect you to make good.


Nov 28, 2022 06:18 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

If there is something that you really want to it while you can...don't wait and risk losing the opportunity.

Nov 28, 2022 09:09 AM
Kathy Streib

That's so true Sharon Tara the momentum is in the moment so we don't want to lose that. 

Nov 28, 2022 06:19 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I generally believe that if I CHOOSE to tackle something, I will. Cooking is not something I choose to achieve. 

Nov 28, 2022 09:26 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty that's the key. We choose to do what we want to do. Taking second place are the things we don't have any interest in doing. 

Nov 28, 2022 06:28 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

To think is to create! Happy Monday Kathy!

Nov 28, 2022 09:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker that's one of my favorite sayings. 

Nov 28, 2022 06:29 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy it is very tough to succeed at anything, if you can only think of everything negative, and no positives.

Nov 28, 2022 11:30 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto you've got that right. Negative thoughts will hold you back. 

Nov 28, 2022 06:39 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I love those words from Teddy Roosevelt.  Confidence can certainly help in getting the ball rolling, and then keeping it there.

Nov 28, 2022 05:19 PM
Kathy Streib

HI Myrl Jeffcoat It is a favorite quote of mine.  Skills and ability are important but the belief i yourself is the extra ingredient you need. 

Nov 28, 2022 06:41 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

The earlier one learns this truth, the easier life becomes to both change and respond to change. BTW it works for Tuesday too.

Nov 29, 2022 06:37 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I need this Monday Motivation on Tuesday as well! lol

Nov 29, 2022 08:33 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

Having coffee and creating that positive attitude are the two things I do to start my day. My positive attitude kicks into gear as I see the sunrise. 

If I am dealing with clients, I add my positive game face to the mix.  Happy Monday!

Nov 29, 2022 10:33 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I feel by believing you are more than halfway there. Thank you for sharing your sentiments Kathy 🙂

Nov 29, 2022 02:46 PM