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Choices We Decide Day by Day Effect Our Results Longterm

by Timi Abney on 08/03/18

It has been a while since I posted on my blog. You see my husband got very ill this year with early adult onset Alzheimer's. I would like to think that I handled it well but truth be told I did not. I was in shock when we went to the Dr after two months of testing and extensive blood work. We got the diagnosis and the Dr told me we would need 24/7 care and could no longer make financial decisions in the company and in our household. 

I fell apart...I was not strong, thank God my Mother and Sister and good friends came to help as best they could. 
I had to take away his drivers license, get a power of attorney so I now make all the financial decisions as well as all the day in day out care decisions and this happened in a two month period. 
At first I felt extremely sorry for myself....I drank at times too much.....and none of that helped....it really just made things worse. I was super venerable and people took advantage of my venerability. But now I know better, I am stronger for it and my life with my husband is much more in the moment. I do not stress about the small stuff as I used to do. I know that service to others in my life and in my business pays off tremendously. I know I have a lot more lessons to learn but the one thing this has helped me to do is be more empathetic to others, judge less and enjoy the moment more. 
10 things I am grateful for today.
1. My husband
2. My children
3. My friends
4. My family
5. My dogs
6. My house 
7. My car
8. My butterfly kite
9. My business in Real Estate
10. My partner in Real Estate
I ask God today to give me guidance to make the right choices today.
and I send love to three people I have a challenge with....
Blessing to All. 

Keys to Goal Setting that Stick!

by Timi Abney on 11/10/15

Have you had ideas in business or even personal life that you wanted to happen?

Everything starts in the mind. A new car, new house, new business plan......
Starts in the mind.
How do we create our ideas into reality?
Humans have an inner creative self. 
How we create the reality of the mind in our physical state happens by focusing on our ideas with emotion and repetition.
Set a goal.
Hold it in your mind for 10 minutes in the morning.
Hold it in your mind for 10 minutes in the afternoon.
Hold it in your mind 10 minutes right before retiring to bed in the evening.
The subconscious does not know fact from fiction in the mind. 
This does not always work instantly. Give it at least 90 days to take shape. Commit to this practice for 90 days. Do not miss a day. How much do you want change? 
Try it....send me feedback! 
As the famous AA meetings say. It only works if you work it!

5 Ways to Be Prepared At All times for SERVICE- With Motivated Seller's

by Timi Abney on 10/30/15

Go Out Everyday and Say to Yourself. This is going to be a KICK-A Day!

Nothing will rattle your nerves more than not being prepared for a meeting.

If you prepare it will give you confidence to get whatever you need to do done.

Let's start with phone calls with sellers, because that is the first point of personal contact that you'll have with the seller. 

Always have in your mind on servicing and end goal.

1. Before you talk to a motivated seller make sure you have already mentally pictured the best outcome. Envision everything working out so it is a WIN/WIN  for all parties involved. 

2. Make sure you do not focus on the money but how you can help the seller solve a problem because you are the expert in real estate.

3. Study before you ever get on the call. There are a lot of good books out there. You can buy scripts or get a mentor to walk you through it. 
Opt in to my weblink for birddogs and I will send you a list of great books some free on Kindle www.corpuschristicribs.com

4. Get a mentor you can  mentors on the web. You can search youtube videos as a tool as well. Link into my website and I will send you links I find helpful.

5. Always be professional, but make sure your open. What does this mean?
Seller's are in a distressed situation or not the most ideal situation. So be real and relate to the seller so they know you care about them. Remember your the expert and you want to solve the seller's problem.

One of stories about this is I had a home that we went to and it had a lot of cat pee in it and it smelled so bad I really wanted to run out the door. 
The seller lived in the home. I never talked to him about how bad it smelled. I did suggest we speak outside because it was such a nice day and I would like to get some fresh air. He had some trauma that had happened to him. Which caused him to live like that. So instead of judging I just talked about how I could help him solve the problem with his home. 
We got the property under contract and helped him move into a newer home and very clean. He sold all his animals and started a fresh clean slate. WIN/WIN. Job done....going on to meet the next challenge in real estate.

Self Directed IRA Can help you grow money.

by Timi Abney on 10/13/15

self-directed Individual Retirement Account is an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), provided by some financial institutions in the United States, which allows alternative investments for retirement savings. Some examples of these alternative investments are: real estate, private mortgages, private company stock, oil and gas LPs, precious metals, horses, and intellectual property. The SEC has identified IRA structure as having increased risk of fraud.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations require that a qualified trustee, or custodian, hold IRA assets on behalf of the IRA owner. The trustee/custodian provides custody of the assets, processes all transactions, maintains other records pertaining to them, files required IRS reports, issues client statements, helps clients understand the rules and regulations pertaining to certain prohibited transactions, and performs other administrative duties on behalf of the self-directed IRA owner.

The account owner for all IRAs chooses among the investment options allowed by the IRA custodian. For regular IRAs these options usually include stocksbonds, and mutual funds, but with a self-directed IRA, the term "self-directed" refers to the significantly broader range of alternative investments available to the account owner. IRA custodians are allowed to restrict the types of assets they will handle in addition to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) restriction according to Wikipedia.

Retirement in America is not really talked about. Our country has employees typically put money away in a low risk diversified plan. 

Self directed IRAs on the other hand help someone that wants to get higher returns so for example in real estate. 

The two types I am going to talk about are Roth and Traditional. I Roth IRA you pay taxes up front and then what ever you make on your investments for here on out are not taxed. I do not know how you feel about this but a person that sometimes earns 30 and higher percent returns. This gets me pretty excited about saving. 

The Traditional IRA you delay taxes for a later date. 

Both can be used for all the investments stated in the Wikipedia definition.

Americans need to have retirement and to get on a fast track to do that it makes a lot more sense to invest retirement funds in a safe real estate portfolio that can gain more interest and do it tax free.

There are a lot of IRA money. Supposedly around a trillion in America today that are not making any money. Why...people do not know what to invest in self directed IRAs is because they may not have the experience to invest in Real Estate. 

Make sure you find someone in the real estate world that has a track record and they can prove it by showing you a real estate portfolio. 

Get investigating on ways to grow your money and lower risk and higher yields. Happy Investing.

7 Strategies for Getting Things Done

by Timi Abney on 02/19/15

7 Strategies for Getting Things Done

blog-GettingThingsDoneOne of the most common questions I receive is “Jack, how do you get so much done?” It’s a fair question, considering I’ve written 150 books, deliver an average of 50 live presentations around the world each year, invest a considerable amount of time with my Train the Trainer students, lead the Transformational Leadership Council, yet still have time to cultivate an amazing relationship with my wife, spend time with my kids and close friends, and take excellent care of my health.

In this article, I share seven of my top strategies for getting things done.

Strategy #1: Get Clear About What’s Required

When people set goals, particularly at the beginning of the year when working on their New Year’s resolutions, they tend to be overly optimistic about how much is actually possible. As a result, they over-commit or make lists that are far too long.

I’ve fallen into this trap before. I’ve learned that to be realistic, I must take the time to break goals down and ask, “What would actually be required for me to achieve this goal? How many hours would that take?” Once I have a list of activities and estimates of the time needed to achieve each item, I pull out my calendar and start scheduling all the activities.

This is the point when you come face to face with reality. If you realize that there’s not enough time in the day to accomplish everything you want, it’s time to go back and prioritize your goals. Once you’ve identified the things that are most important to accomplish, schedule the activities that those goals will require, and set aside the rest of your goals for later.

Strategy #2: Create a Daily Schedule

Simply setting aside time in your calendar may not be enough to achieve your goals. I go the extra step and create a daily schedule. Additionally, I use the Rule of 5. Each day I choose 5 specific tasks that will move me toward the completion of my goals and I ensure those tasks are included in my daily schedule. Daily use of the Top 5 Priority Action post-its can help keep your daily task list front and center. So if one of my daily tasks is to work on my book, I don’t simply say, “I’ll work on my book today” – I actually designate the hours that I’ll work on my book. This has been an essential step in ensuring that things actually get done.

To stay motivated, I review my yearly goals once a week, and then I plan my week around those goals. I identify what I need to accomplish in the coming week to achieve my long-term goals, and then I book those activities into my calendar. Each evening before I leave my office, I finalize my schedule for the following day.  When I walk in each morning, I can be productive immediately rather than wasting precious time figuring out what I’m going to do.

Strategy #3: Focus on the "Big Rocks"

When planning my daily schedule, sometimes I realize that I have an unreasonable amount of work on my to-do list for the next day. I know that I can’t get it all done. This is when I turn to my list of “Big Rocks” – my most important priorities. (If you are not familiar with the terminology, “Big Rocks” comes from Dr. Stephen Covey’s method of time management. Click here to watch a video of Covey demonstrating his approach.) 

I keep my Big Rocks in a list on my iPad. The Big Rocks are the things I need to get done this quarter. When my daily schedule is overbooked, the Big Rocks are the things that get done.

Strategy #4: Center and Visualize

I start each day with a meditation to help me get grounded. Before I get up from my meditation cushion, I mentally rehearse my day, visualizing and feeling myself staying focused, working efficiently, and being productive. This helps to activate the Law of Attraction, lining up the inner and outer resources to make my day go smoothly.

Throughout the day, I do “refreshers.” Periodically throughout the day, I’ll close my eyes and focus on my breathing for a few minutes. This helps to center me and restore a sense of calm.

In addition, whenever I begin a new segment on my schedule, I’ll take a few seconds to visualize that section of my day going smoothly. When sitting down to write, I’ll visualize my writing going well. When I prepare to make phone calls, I’ll visualize my conversations going well and achieving the desired results.

Strategy #5: Keep Score

To stay on track to achieve goals, it’s important to keep score. This means assessing, each day, whether or not you’ve done what was necessary to achieve your goals.
For score-keeping to be effective, you must have your goals and score-keeping tool somewhere where you’re going to see it. If you can’t easily see your score, you can’t reasonably assess where you are.

There are a number of ways to keep score. When you were little, your parents or teachers may have helped you keep score with a sticker chart, where you’d get a sticker every time you kept your commitment to do your homework, for example. Some adults find that this approach is still effective. You could also use a simple checklist that lists your various to-do items and deadlines. Checking each item off as it’s completed can be powerful.

I’ve also discovered that there are several phone apps that work well for keeping score. If your smartphone is a constant companion, it would be a wise move to put your scorekeeping on your phone so it’s always handy. One of my favorite apps is Don’t Break the Chain, designed with the Jerry Seinfeld motivation technique. Jerry Seinfeld wanted to write a book, so he put a big red X every day through the calendar when he actually wrote. He didn’t want to break the chain of red X’s, hence the name Don’t Break the Chain.  (Click here for a list of apps reviewed by About.com.)

Strategy #6: Celebrate Milestones

Celebrating your progress along the way is essential to staying motivated. If you set a goal that takes nine months to achieve, it’s hard to stay motivated the entire time because there’s no payoff. So build in milestones to celebrate along the way.

If your goal is to lose weight, celebrate every two pounds you lose. If you’re writing a book, celebrate every 20 pages that you write. If your goal is to book 35 speaking gigs, celebrate every 5 engagements that you book. Celebrating milestones keeps you inner child excited, because it feels rewarded for all of the efforts it’s made.

Strategy #7: Schedule Down Time

When you’re on fire to achieve your goals, it’s tempting to skip free time. (This is when you often here people say, “I’ll rest when I’m dead.”)

However, when you deny yourself free time, you get tired. You become less efficient. You make poorer decisions and are less creative. Your inner child can get resentful of the demanding pace, and it becomes easy to get burned out. That’s why I plan free time into my schedule to rest and rejuvenate.

My friend Dan Sullivan of The Strategic Coach, Inc., taught me to schedule three types of days into my calendar. Focus Days are primetime for work. Buffer Days are for practice, preparation and miscellaneous details, such as dental appointments or getting caught up on email. Free Days are the third type of day. They’re 24-hour periods dedicated to resting and recharging. I’ve found that scheduling Free Days have resulted in a greater level of passion, creativity and energy in my work.

Your goals are important – not only to you and your family, but to the world. You have a purpose, and your goals are how you are meant to live your purpose. The seven strategies I’ve shared here have been essential to my ability to get things done. Use them to ensure that when 2015 comes to an end, you’re celebrating the accomplishment of your goals, rather than regretting what hasn’t happened.



 Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul®and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com