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Inspiration For Today: How's the Family Purse?

by Rob Zwemmer

HOW'S THE FAMILY PURSE?
 
In George Classon's classic "The Richest Man In Babylon," he urges readers to "set your purse to fattening." His other advice? Pay off your debts - live debt-free. With those two simple bits of advice, he lays out a wealth of financial advice guaranteed to keep the wolf away from the front door - forever.
 
He has the audacity to suggest that a part of all you earn is yours to keep. Put $100 a month into your "purse" beginning at age 20. Invest it at 10%. At age 65, you will have a purse filled to the brim with $1,048,000. How difficult is it to convince yourself to put away $100 each month?
 
Poverty is not our fear. It is the insecurity of being vulnerable that we fear - of not being able to meet our obligations. The "fat purse" does not pay our bills. The amount we earn over and above the part "that is ours to keep" does that. The part we keep - our "fattening purse" - is what gives us the confidence that we are okay.
 
By the way, according to "The Millionaire Next Door," the "haves" spend twice as much time planning their financial success as the "have nots." Forget setting aside $100 a month, the "haves" set aside up to 40% of their pre-tax income for fattening their purse. That also means they live on just 60%. The "have-nots" are hyper-credit users who do no budgeting whatsoever.
 
Want to set your purse to fattening? Want to give your children a heads-up on being financially independent? Pick up a copy of Suze Orman's best-seller "The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom". More importantly - put her financial roadmap to work. Don't worry - be happy!

HOW'S THE FAMILY PURSE? 

In George Classon's classic "The Richest Man In Babylon," he urges readers to "set your purse to fattening." His other advice? Pay off your debts - live debt-free. With those two simple bits of advice, he lays out a wealth of financial advice guaranteed to keep the wolf away from the front door - forever. He has the audacity to suggest that a part of all you earn is yours to keep. Put $100 a month into your "purse" beginning at age 20. Invest it at 10%. At age 65, you will have a purse filled to the brim with $1,048,000. How difficult is it to convince yourself to put away $100 each month? Poverty is not our fear. It is the insecurity of being vulnerable that we fear - of not being able to meet our obligations. The "fat purse" does not pay our bills. The amount we earn over and above the part "that is ours to keep" does that. The part we keep - our "fattening purse" - is what gives us the confidence that we are okay. By the way, according to "The Millionaire Next Door," the "haves" spend twice as much time planning their financial success as the "have nots." Forget setting aside $100 a month, the "haves" set aside up to 40% of their pre-tax income for fattening their purse. That also means they live on just 60%. The "have-nots" are hyper-credit users who do no budgeting whatsoever. Want to set your purse to fattening? Want to give your children a heads-up on being financially independent? Pick up a copy of Suze Orman's best-seller "The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom". More importantly - put her financial roadmap to work. Don't worry - be happy!

Home Prices: Where are They Headed?

by Rob Zwemmer

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Breathtaking Views of Coachella Valley Golf Courses

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: Good Housekeeping?

by Rob Zwemmer

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING?
 
Aristotle’s quote seems pretty straightforward: If you like what you're doing, chances are you'll do it pretty well, and will find your work satisfying.
 
But what about the dozens of smaller jobs that we do on a regular basis and do not particularly enjoy - chores we consider robberies of time, but necessary? You know, housecleaning or mowing the lawn or grocery shopping or washing the car.
 
The fact is that most of us have too much on our "To Do" lists, and much of our “free time” is spent on what we consider menial work that we often begin to actually resent. Viewed objectively, however, how many of the items on your list of chores have self-imposed deadlines and subjective requirements?
 
Are you setting standards that are unnecessarily high or that are interfering with your enjoyment of time with your family and friends? When you lament "having no time," stop and consider to what extent that is due to your own personal sense of priorities.
 
You might re-evaluate what is truly essential. Chances are that duties to which you're giving up your entire Saturday are not as important to others as having time to spend with you. After all, how many of us are introduced, "This is Joe - he really keeps his lawn looking great...” or, “This is Mary - she's a wonderful housekeeper…"? How many of our children tell their friends, "You'll really like my mom and dad. They keep all the windows in our house clean…"?
 
Put down the car wax and the mop and get out and enjoy some time with friends or family, or - here’s a novelty - just yourself. It’s quite likely that the sun will still rise the next day, and your To Do list will wait for you!
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING? 

Aristotle’s quote seems pretty straightforward: If you like what you're doing, chances are you'll do it pretty well, and will find your work satisfying. But what about the dozens of smaller jobs that we do on a regular basis and do not particularly enjoy - chores we consider robberies of time, but necessary? You know, housecleaning or mowing the lawn or grocery shopping or washing the car. The fact is that most of us have too much on our "To Do" lists, and much of our “free time” is spent on what we consider menial work that we often begin to actually resent. Viewed objectively, however, how many of the items on your list of chores have self-imposed deadlines and subjective requirements? Are you setting standards that are unnecessarily high or that are interfering with your enjoyment of time with your family and friends? When you lament "having no time," stop and consider to what extent that is due to your own personal sense of priorities. You might re-evaluate what is truly essential. Chances are that duties to which you're giving up your entire Saturday are not as important to others as having time to spend with you. After all, how many of us are introduced, "This is Joe - he really keeps his lawn looking great...” or, “This is Mary - she's a wonderful housekeeper…"? How many of our children tell their friends, "You'll really like my mom and dad. They keep all the windows in our house clean…"? Put down the car wax and the mop and get out and enjoy some time with friends or family, or - here’s a novelty - just yourself. It’s quite likely that the sun will still rise the next day, and your To Do list will wait for you!

Selling Your House? 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale By Owner

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A Holiday Treat: Mariah Carey Xmas Video

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Inspiration For Today: Give Yourself A Present

by Rob Zwemmer

GIVE YOURSELF A PRESENT! Regardless of who you have been in the past - why not give yourself a "present"? Each of us experiences regret from time to time over what we have done - or left undone - in the past. Perhaps our transgressions were great - or just seemed so in our heart.
 
To become a different person in the future, St. Jerome suggests that you must "begin to be" that person now. If your career is overwhelming you, begging to be tamed, begin now to untangle it. Begin today to simplify your activities.
 
If you would like to be more caring, begin today by complimenting someone. Want to be more understanding? Listen carefully to one you love - today. Want greater financial independence? Analyze your income and your expenses, then earn more and live on less - beginning today.
 
Nothing happens until you "begin to be." Interestingly, however, the moment you BEGIN, you actually ARE the person you desire to be, provided you continue to be. The moment you change anything in your life, the past is over, forever.
 
Want a new beginning in your life? Don't wait for some earth-shattering, life-changing event to get your attention. Get started today!
GIVE YOURSELF A PRESENT! Regardless of who you have been in the past - why not give yourself a "present"? Each of us experiences regret from time to time over what we have done - or left undone - in the past. Perhaps our transgressions were great - or just seemed so in our heart. To become a different person in the future, St. Jerome suggests that you must "begin to be" that person now. If your career is overwhelming you, begging to be tamed, begin now to untangle it. Begin today to simplify your activities. If you would like to be more caring, begin today by complimenting someone. Want to be more understanding? Listen carefully to one you love - today. Want greater financial independence? Analyze your income and your expenses, then earn more and live on less - beginning today. Nothing happens until you "begin to be." Interestingly, however, the moment you BEGIN, you actually ARE the person you desire to be, provided you continue to be. The moment you change anything in your life, the past is over, forever. Want a new beginning in your life? Don't wait for some earth-shattering, life-changing event to get your attention. Get started today!

Walk of the Inns Tour!

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: Where Do You Want to Go Today?

by Rob Zwemmer

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY?
 
Microsoft uses that slogan to convince you that with their software you can head in any direction you please.  Earl Nightingale, one of the great motivational speakers, said it better.  "Imagine that you are the captain of a great ocean-going vessel," he suggests.  "Before even leaving the harbor, you lay out plans for your voyage.  Using maps, you choose a destination, then employ your navigational skills to arrive safely".  
 
"Without a chosen destination and a map to help you arrive," he continues, "you are akin to a ship without a rudder.  If you get out of the harbor at all, you'll probably end up a derelict on some deserted beach."
 
On this verge of the year 2011, I hope you've decided on a destination for the year and have looked carefully at the map that will take you there.  A word of caution is in order.  Be careful not to choose too many destinations, meaning don't set too many goals for the year.  Including more than a handful of worthy objectives can leave you with maps and navigational instruments strewn all over your desk - resulting in chaos, lack of focus, and questionable navigation.
 
It's better to have four clearly defined targets for the year, accompanied by a masterful plan for their achievement, than to have only a list of 25 hoped-for achievements.  Anthony Robbins suggests the following agenda for achieving your most worthy objectives.
 
First, write down a "dream inventory" - a list of everything you want to accomplish in 2011.  Next choose the four most important major goals.  For each of the four make a list of the benefits you will enjoy when you achieve them.  Then list all the resources you currently possess which would be of benefit to achieving your major goals, i.e. experience, knowledge, skills, positive attitude, friendliness, perseverance, etc.
 
Continue by listing the three most successful times in your life.  Under each, write down a description of how you felt and acted during those times, i.e. felt invincible, presented a professional image, smiled a lot, wasn't afraid to try a new approach, etc.  Next write down the type person you would have to be to achieve your goals, i.e. must be prepared for presentations, must always have confidence, must put others' needs first, must organize my time, etc.  Follow this with a list of "What prevents me from achieving this right now."  Write down your fears, your lack of action, etc.
 
Finally, write down the steps you must take to achieve each of the four major goals.  This would be a list of each and every task that must be completed in order to produce the maximum results.  By breaking down the objective into individual steps, it becomes more manageable.
 
Notice that achieving a major goal requires major planning.  Have you already done your homework and feel completely prepared?  Hopefully so.  If not, take the first week of the coming new year to build a plan for your future.  It's well worth the effortWHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY?

 
Microsoft uses that slogan to convince you that with their software you can head in any direction you please.  Earl Nightingale, one of the great motivational speakers, said it better.  "Imagine that you are the captain of a great ocean-going vessel," he suggests.  "Before even leaving the harbor, you lay out plans for your voyage.  Using maps, you choose a destination, then employ your navigational skills to arrive safely".  
 
"Without a chosen destination and a map to help you arrive," he continues, "you are akin to a ship without a rudder.  If you get out of the harbor at all, you'll probably end up a derelict on some deserted beach."
 
On this verge of the year 2011, I hope you've decided on a destination for the year and have looked carefully at the map that will take you there.  A word of caution is in order.  Be careful not to choose too many destinations, meaning don't set too many goals for the year.  Including more than a handful of worthy objectives can leave you with maps and navigational instruments strewn all over your desk - resulting in chaos, lack of focus, and questionable navigation.
 
It's better to have four clearly defined targets for the year, accompanied by a masterful plan for their achievement, than to have only a list of 25 hoped-for achievements.  Anthony Robbins suggests the following agenda for achieving your most worthy objectives.
 
First, write down a "dream inventory" - a list of everything you want to accomplish in 2011.  Next choose the four most important major goals.  For each of the four make a list of the benefits you will enjoy when you achieve them.  Then list all the resources you currently possess which would be of benefit to achieving your major goals, i.e. experience, knowledge, skills, positive attitude, friendliness, perseverance, etc.
 
Continue by listing the three most successful times in your life.  Under each, write down a description of how you felt and acted during those times, i.e. felt invincible, presented a professional image, smiled a lot, wasn't afraid to try a new approach, etc.  Next write down the type person you would have to be to achieve your goals, i.e. must be prepared for presentations, must always have confidence, must put others' needs first, must organize my time, etc.  Follow this with a list of "What prevents me from achieving this right now."  Write down your fears, your lack of action, etc.
 
Finally, write down the steps you must take to achieve each of the four major goals.  This would be a list of each and every task that must be completed in order to produce the maximum results.  By breaking down the objective into individual steps, it becomes more manageable.
 
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY?
 
Microsoft uses that slogan to convince you that with their software you can head in any direction you please.  Earl Nightingale, one of the great motivational speakers, said it better.  "Imagine that you are the captain of a great ocean-going vessel," he suggests.  "Before even leaving the harbor, you lay out plans for your voyage.  Using maps, you choose a destination, then employ your navigational skills to arrive safely".  
 
"Without a chosen destination and a map to help you arrive," he continues, "you are akin to a ship without a rudder.  If you get out of the harbor at all, you'll probably end up a derelict on some deserted beach."
 
On this verge of the year 2011, I hope you've decided on a destination for the year and have looked carefully at the map that will take you there.  A word of caution is in order.  Be careful not to choose too many destinations, meaning don't set too many goals for the year.  Including more than a handful of worthy objectives can leave you with maps and navigational instruments strewn all over your desk - resulting in chaos, lack of focus, and questionable navigation.
 
It's better to have four clearly defined targets for the year, accompanied by a masterful plan for their achievement, than to have only a list of 25 hoped-for achievements.  Anthony Robbins suggests the following agenda for achieving your most worthy objectives.
 
First, write down a "dream inventory" - a list of everything you want to accomplish in 2011.  Next choose the four most important major goals.  For each of the four make a list of the benefits you will enjoy when you achieve them.  Then list all the resources you currently possess which would be of benefit to achieving your major goals, i.e. experience, knowledge, skills, positive attitude, friendliness, perseverance, etc.
 
Continue by listing the three most successful times in your life.  Under each, write down a description of how you felt and acted during those times, i.e. felt invincible, presented a professional image, smiled a lot, wasn't afraid to try a new approach, etc.  Next write down the type person you would have to be to achieve your goals, i.e. must be prepared for presentations, must always have confidence, must put others' needs first, must organize my time, etc.  Follow this with a list of "What prevents me from achieving this right now."  Write down your fears, your lack of action, etc.
 
Finally, write down the steps you must take to achieve each of the four major goals.  This would be a list of each and every task that must be completed in order to produce the maximum results.  By breaking down the objective into individual steps, it becomes more manageable.
 
Notice that achieving a major goal requires major planning.  Have you already done your homework and feel completely prepared?  Hopefully so.  If not, take the first week of the coming new year to build a plan for your future.  It's well worth the effort!
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY?
 
Microsoft uses that slogan to convince you that with their software you can head in any direction you please.  Earl Nightingale, one of the great motivational speakers, said it better.  "Imagine that you are the captain of a great ocean-going vessel," he suggests.  "Before even leaving the harbor, you lay out plans for your voyage.  Using maps, you choose a destination, then employ your navigational skills to arrive safely".  
 
"Without a chosen destination and a map to help you arrive," he continues, "you are akin to a ship without a rudder.  If you get out of the harbor at all, you'll probably end up a derelict on some deserted beach."
 
On this verge of the year 2011, I hope you've decided on a destination for the year and have looked carefully at the map that will take you there.  A word of caution is in order.  Be careful not to choose too many destinations, meaning don't set too many goals for the year.  Including more than a handful of worthy objectives can leave you with maps and navigational instruments strewn all over your desk - resulting in chaos, lack of focus, and questionable navigation.
 
It's better to have four clearly defined targets for the year, accompanied by a masterful plan for their achievement, than to have only a list of 25 hoped-for achievements.  Anthony Robbins suggests the following agenda for achieving your most worthy objectives.
 
First, write down a "dream inventory" - a list of everything you want to accomplish in 2011.  Next choose the four most important major goals.  For each of the four make a list of the benefits you will enjoy when you achieve them.  Then list all the resources you currently possess which would be of benefit to achieving your major goals, i.e. experience, knowledge, skills, positive attitude, friendliness, perseverance, etc.
 
Continue by listing the three most successful times in your life.  Under each, write down a description of how you felt and acted during those times, i.e. felt invincible, presented a professional image, smiled a lot, wasn't afraid to try a new approach, etc.  Next write down the type person you would have to be to achieve your goals, i.e. must be prepared for presentations, must always have confidence, must put others' needs first, must organize my time, etc.  Follow this with a list of "What prevents me from achieving this right now."  Write down your fears, your lack of action, etc.
 
Finally, write down the steps you must take to achieve each of the four major goals.  This would be a list of each and every task that must be completed in order to produce the maximum results.  By breaking down the objective into individual steps, it becomes more manageable.
 
Notice that achieving a major goal requires major planning.  Have you already done your homework and feel completely prepared?  Hopefully so.  If not, take the first week of the coming new year to build a plan for your future.  It's well worth the effort!

The First Thanksgiving

by Rob Zwemmer

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