12 Things to Stop Doing in 2009 | chrisbrogan.com

>> 29 December 2008


  And this Comment: 26 Kristina Libby 12.29.08 at 3:02 pm

I published a blog in response to your post on our site: biztropolis.ning.com, that will run in a couple of days. But I wanted to thank you, this post was great and my 12 things to stop would be this:
If I had to write 12 Things to Stop Doing in 2009, they would be
1.) Stop watching the news 24/7. Nothing has changed since yesterday.
2.) Stop thinking about risky chances and just start taking them.
3.) Stop wanting to be an entrepreneur/small business owner and do it already.
4.) Stop saying you will travel the world. Flights to Europe just got a lot cheaper— anyone for the Azores?
5.) Stop thinking your company will succeed without a social media presence.
6.) Stop thinking that you don’t have to contribute to the discussion.
7.) Stop thinking that the world is going to come to your feet.
8.) Stop thinking you don’t have to work for it because he didn’t have to.
9.) Stop thinking economic recession means you are doomed to failure (see Iceland and geothermal warming).
10.) Stop thinking you don’t have what it takes….
11.) Stop believing that filling your life with things/meetings/work means you are living a full life.
12.) Stop. Stop reading. Stop doing. Stop wasting time avoiding thinking.


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I want what Lucy wants

>> 22 December 2008


I've been warned not to read this unless I want to quit-

>> 21 December 2008

well, I don't want to quit my work....but I am curious about the book...and so I read on.

The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Feriss: pp. 32
"Alternative periods of activity and rest is necessary to survive, let alone thrive. Capacity, interest, and mental endurance all wax and wane. Plan accordingly."

The heading to this mini paragraph is: " Interest & Energy are Cyclical." <-------this describes me about almost everything. Ahh...to feel known...and then to be loved past that knowing.

More to come later:

Also bought to read in the next few days or weeks or whatever....Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Dip by Seth Godin. Do you sense a theme? I do and oh how I heart a theme.


CrowsCouch first top TEN Real Estate Blogging/Social Networking/Technology all around YUMMY LIST

>> 19 December 2008

Because time is short…and there is so much information and because you can never remember where you saw that post you wanted to read later…USE this tool http://www.google.com/reader to keep track of all the feeds you come across that you want to read. You can star your favorites, share them with friends, be alerted to new posts, and most of all find what you were looking for! All of these resources have “subscribe” buttons….the subscribe button is your new BESTEST friend! This is number ONE.

2.  http://www.netamorfasis.com/real-estate/365-Real-Estate-Blog-Ideas From Netamorfasis- a site by Mary McKnight one of 2008s Sellcius top 10 Women Real Estate Bloggers for 2008.

3.  http://www.mytechopinion.com a go to starting point for Technology in Real Estate—a watering hole of many brilliant minds sharing their goodness with you.

4.  While you are at www.mytechopnion.com,  start by reading this post on having a tweet plan: http://www.mytechopinion.com/2008/11/organize-chaos-with-the-real-estate-tweet-plan.html I can’t stress enough about using your time wisely. The temptation for many of you (and ME) is to all of the sudden be in front of the computer all day convincing ourselves that we are “working/being productive” In ALL of these things, keep an eye on what your MOST important and money making tasks are!  (sorry gentlemen, NikNik is happily married to Reggie Nicolay the social media genius at cyberhomes.com

5.   http://www.cyberhomes.com/content/blog More content for our clients and customers…there is so much here you can contribute to your sphere. Oh and Agents….make sure your listings are showing up here! I know our KWLS auto feeds to this cool site.

6.   http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/ when it comes to marketing, well his bio page say it all and I quote:

    • writes the most popular marketing blog in the world;
    • is the author of the bestselling marketing books of the last decade;
    • speaks to large groups on marketing, new media and what's next;
    • and is the founder of Squidoo.com, a fast-growing recommendation website

7.   http://agentgenius.com/?cat=673  ok so I find many, many things on AgentGenius’ site and I find it cool that they are here in Austin, Texas, my hometown.  I chose the subject of “Coaching” because, DUH, that is what I do and can’t help be driven to drive your mind to resources other than straight real estate that include ways to become your very best self.  From the category of “coaching” aka=673…you can find the pure homepage and explore from there – you won’t be disappointed.  Again….a gathering of many minds and authors.

8.   I promise to get back to real estate soon…but don’t they say 98% of success is the mind. http://blogs.briantracy.com/public/blog/149495 Brian Tracy- well if I actually knew him in person I would say he was my HOMIE for sure. I was introduced to his books and thinking by my CPA and have never been the same since. Subscribe to his blog to consume good, healthy, life-giving mind food.

9.   http://www.problogger.net/ I have learned more about effective blogging and tweeting from this one site. @problogger was one of the first people I followed and the information and advice he gives is top notch. Excellent resources for the beginning blogger, and the experienced!

10.I'll finishing this list by Cheating—I wanted to limit my first list to TEN however as a bonafide information junkie I can’t let you not know that there is so much more out there. From http: http://blog.sellsiusrealestate.com/   is a link to the Inman News’  Top 25 Most Influential Real Estate Bloggers of 2008 (Sellsius Real Estate is one of the picks) These include Brokers and Agents, Community Blogs, Mortgage,  Housing Economics, Industry Commentary, Marketing & How-to, Company, Journalist, and Housing Bubble bloggers.

11.Ok…and I have to add myself and therefore broke the limit of TEN (if you know me I’m usually pushing the limits and breaking the rules somewhat anyway).  I’m not tooting my own horn, yet, but I have been sharing coaching thoughts with, like, 12 people who read my coaching blog (actually I think I have a whopping 26 readers). My own thoughts are there, and even more important, my passion for introducing you to all these other thinkers out there.  If you visit http://www.crowscouch.com, well, I’m just happy to be LAST on your list!

There are SO many I have left off this list….THIS time.  Don’t worry, I can’t keep my big smiling mouth shut and you may very well make the list next time! 




Regular or WOW

>> 16 December 2008

Of course the end of the year brings reflection time for many. I’m one of those delicious weirdos that reflects all the time. It takes work to keep one’s mind in check and be the best she can be.

Now, I am far from perfect (my husband, friends, kids, family etc. will vouch for that). I consider authenticity one of my best qualities. That being said, for no good reason at all I was overcome with this EXACT thought on Monday morning (I am always ON on Monday’ mornings, so for this thought to happen then—oh full moon).

Ok..back to exact thought:

“You know, Allison, you don’t have to work this hard…just quit striving and be
My midnight blue car nearly came to a screeching halt right there on Mansfield Dam bridge.
Who the heck wants to be regular? It is like that commercial for ttp://www.izonlens.com/why-wow/

The question is: Do you want to be regular or WOW?
Let's see what the dictionary says:

reg⋅u⋅lar: Spelled Pronunciation [reg-yuh-ler]
Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective
1. usual; normal; customary

Nope…Not gonna be me.

 –verb (used with object)

  1. to gain an enthusiastic response from; thrill. –noun an extraordinary success: His act is a real wow.
  2. excitement, interest, great pleasure, or the like: a car that will add some wow to your life.

And another side note from the original Scottish expression of WOW meaning: “overwhelm with delight or amazement”

Yep….I choose WOW.

I like to overwhelm my life and the people in it with delight and amazement. I like to have extraordinary success. I like to create excitement, interest and great pleasure in my life…. Especially in contrast to usual, normal and customary.

For me, this choice to strive for WOW at least most of the time is simply a source of pleasure for me. Having been given so much I want to squeeze every bit out and taste it all. The best part of all this striving and quest to be my very best, is that the messes and mistakes and failures are all a part of the make-up of the manifestation of my WOW. Some might say, easy on yourself, gal. No sense in trying to be perfect. Nowhere did I use that word….my belief is WOW can certainly have a savory measure of glorious imperfection.

The striving does not mean that I don’t rest or slow down either. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Slowing down, breathing, NOT doing, napping, and accepting (at appropriate times) less than perfection are absolutely part of the WOW.

Oooh…ok so I do think about this most of the time…and this end of the year reflection time, well, it just gives me a few more moments to really see the vision of what WOW looks like for me---and once again eliminates the option of just being regular, at least for me.

What makes you WOW?


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Time to Put Your Plan Into Action


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Clients Need to be Touched | Real Estate Magazine - Real Estate Opinion Column - AgentGenius

>> 14 December 2008

Clients Need to be Touched | Real Estate Magazine - Real Estate Opinion Column - AgentGenius

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Are you Feeding your Brain with Junk Food?

>> 10 December 2008

What are you reading? What are you filling your mind with? What are you listening to in the car as you drive around town? Who do you surround yourself with? These things REALLY Matter.
What you feed your mind creates the thoughts that control your programming, thoughts, feelings and actions....and therefore the results. If you are not getting the results you are wanting...then work backwards to analyze where the break down could be. What actions are you taking/not taking? What feelings are behind the actions/inaction? What thoughts are behind those feelings? What programming is behind the thoughts?

When you read/listen to/expose yourself to great material, that if acted on, could bring out the best in you....then you are working on RE-wiring any programming that could be working against you rather than for you. The more you fill your brain with these thoughts...the more you re-enforce the behaviors that will help you become your best.

How many years did it take to wire your brain with programming that ultimately leaves you short of the results of desire over and over? So give yourself grace as you begin these practices....AND...trust me...the more consistent you are at filling your brain with the BEST, the more you will be come your best!

I'm with you in the endeavor to be the BEST version of yourself! KEEP ON!!!


‘Tis the Season for Kicking Butt | Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine

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3 Step Formula for a GREAT Day:

My Forumula for a great day!

1. Read Something Great:
along with a few other books and sites online, have been reading the following lately: Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

2. Listen to something great:
Specifically Track 6 (listen here :http://blip.fm/profile/acflan/blip/1836302 Pay attention to the lyrics)

3. Hang out with Great People:

Mike Pourciau, Nikki Buckelew, some of the folks I follow on Twitter, my hubby, David White, my stepdaughter Samantha...and many, many more!


The Best Gift to Get at Christmas...but You Have to Give it to Yourself

>> 09 December 2008

I've noticed a difference between the agents who are working and showing up lately and the ones who have fallen off. An agent showed up today for her coaching session, with every reason in the world to have skipped. Her husband had some life threatening physical concerns and has just been released from the hospital. Insurance, Christmas, bills to be paid and a construction project mid-way--she still made time for her business and for her commitment to coaching.

Rather than using this "my husband could have died" as an excuse, she used it to drive her even more to make sure she was taking care of herself and her business and planning/prioritizing for the upcoming weeks.

I see many emergencies pull people off track...when really, the emergencies often really bring to light the face that staying on track is actually crucial. When one get's off track, they prolong the results...they prolong the end result they are working for.

Gary Keller calls it the BIG WHY. Anthony Robbins says the first step is to, "get clear about EXACTLY what you want." One of my coaches, Dianna Kokoska is always saying, "and what will that do for you....and what will THAT....do for you...." on and on until the REAL reason is uncovered.

This gift giving season, give yourself the best possible gift.....find out your BIG WHY. Get clear about EXACTLY what you want....and discover what having that will DO for you.....not jut financially...but emotionally and down in your spirit. Find out what NOT getting what you want will do to your life....what will be the outcome for you, your family...your spirit.

As my favorite authors, my coaches, my mentors and my heart and mind has shown me....KNOWING...that deep KNOWING...is the the best gift to have.


The Stand UP desk has be come the DANCE desk today!

>> 03 December 2008

Interesting phenomenon occurred today:

We moved in to our new building on Nov 1 and I have been using a stand up desk for various reasons (that is another entry due to time this morning).

Today, for the first time in while, I opened up my i tunes account to listen to the new Dido CD....and said stand up desk has become dance desk. Sweet....even better for my body and my mood!


Charlie Pikin's Tip for the day

>> 02 December 2008

Charlie has been one of the most productive agents in the KWLT coaching program. He is passionate, motivated and a true leader in our company! He also has an awesome wife Adrienne and little baby Ava. Here's his tip:


real estate and twitter....

>> 01 December 2008

Been exploring some social networking some...and how it can be used in real estate and to move forward in life.....below is a link to a great blog post by one of the people i follow on Twitter: twitter.com/nik_nik (aka @nik_nik) or (on the web at http://www.mytechopinion.com)


Make special note of @Nik_Niks Twitter Disclaimer

TWITTER DISCLAIMER: Twitter can spend your time like nobody’s business. So manage accordingly. Also, in the beginning you may feel compelled to add everyone who adds you. I did. But now I recognize the people I find interesting, helpful, hilarious or meaningful. Everyone else is getting “unfollowed”. Sorry, I can only stand so much noise.

and a fun video about how people use twitter (@Nik_Nik makes a cameo) :

How Do You Use Twitter? from biz stone on Vimeo.

Are you using any social media? how are you using it and what services? how does it help you? are there any draw backs? Let me know via comments.