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Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message! I hope this email finds you well and ready for a great week! I just returned from three days of training in the beautiful community of Park City, Utah. Even after all these years of selling real estate, I am always ready to learn more and sharpen my skills to become a better version of myself. Which brings me to the topic of today’s email…are we really making the best use of our time each and every day? Are there times when if we planned a little better we could get more done? Do we wish we had more time to spend on the things we truly love? There is a solution, and you all can accomplish this. 

Set a goal, create a plan, and then accomplish it. This will be our challenge for this week. If you found thirty minutes a day, what would you do with it? Think long and hard about this answer as this will be what you think about while figuring out what you can change around, do differently, or eliminate from your schedule. Time is the one thing that is equal among all of us. How we use it is what makes all the difference in the world. Use it wisely for once it is gone it can never be replaced. Let’s make it a great week!


Big Rocks

Just something to think about...

One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget.

As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz" and he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouth Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him.

He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?"

Everyone in the class yelled, "Yes."

The time management expert replied, "Really?"

He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

He then asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"

By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered.

"Good!" he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel.

Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"

"No!" the class shouted. Once again he said, "Good."

Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked,

"What is the point of this illustration?"

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, 
"The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!"

"No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point.”

The truth this illustration teaches us is if you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all.

What are the 'big rocks' in your life? Time with your loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching, or complimenting others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at all. So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the 'big rocks' in my life? Then, put those in your jar first.


“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” - Barbara Bush

“The present time has one advantage over every other - it is our own.” - Charles Caleb Colton

“Choose to focus your time, energy and conversation around people who inspire you, support you and help you to grow you into your happiest, strongest, wisest self.” - Karen Salmansohn

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” - Robert H. Schuller

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message…I am going to keep this message short, as I want to give you enough time to read the encouragement corner. I know your time is limited! My personal favorite is the first paragraph, and maybe the most important. Stop all criticism. No one is perfect, and while we should be in pursuit of the very best version of ourselves, criticism is useless. I would love to hear which paragraph stood out to you…if you want to share, shoot me back an email with your favorite! Let’s make it a great week!


Stop All Criticism - Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.

Don't Scare Yourself - Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It's a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure (mine is yellow roses), and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.

Be Gentle and Kind and Patient - Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.

Be Kind to Your Mind - Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don't hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.

Praise Yourself - Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.

Support Yourself - Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.

Be Loving to Your Negatives - Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now, you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs. So, lovingly release the old negative patterns.

Take Care of Your Body - Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise can you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.

Mirror Work - Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents looking into the mirror. Forgive them too. At least once a day say: "I love you, I really love you."

Love Yourself ...
Do It Now - Don't wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or the new relationship. Begin now -- and do the best you can.



“Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.” - Jenn Proske

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” - Les Brown

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.” - Willie Nelson

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” - Lyndon B. Johnson

“Life is measured in love and positive contributions and moments of grace.” - Carly Fiorina

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message…last week I asked you a couple questions about living a life that you love. Did you take the time to honestly answer the questions? I was listening to a Darren Daily this morning, which was titled two ways we screw up Mondays. One is that we don’t prepare on Sunday and the second is that we hit snooze when Monday morning rolls around.

For those of you reading this who fall into the 64% that I shared last week, Sunday night is spent squeezing out as much of the “weekend” as you can. But for those of you reading this who see Mondays as a fresh set of opportunities, Sunday is a school night. I can’t wait to go to bed early on Sundays, so I am at my best for Monday morning. Don’t hit snooze. You only get one chance at living a life you love, so every minute, every hour, every day counts. How will you spend it? Let’s make it a great week!


“I Can Make It Happen!”

History abounds with tales of experts who were convinced that the ideas, plans, and projects of others could never be achieved. However, accomplishment came to those who said, "I can make it happen."

The Italian sculptor Agostino d'Antonio worked diligently on a large piece of marble. Unable to produce his desired masterpiece, he lamented, "I can do nothing with it." Other sculptors also worked this difficult piece of marble, but to no avail. Michelangelo discovered the stone and visualized the possibilities in it. His "I-can-make-it-happen" attitude resulted in one of the world's masterpieces - David.

The experts of Spain concluded that Columbus's plans to discover a new and shorter route to India was virtually impossible. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand ignored the report of the experts. "I can make it happen," Columbus persisted. And he did. Everyone knew the world was flat, but not Columbus. The Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria, along with Columbus and his small band of followers, sailed to "impossible" new lands and thriving resources.

Even the great Thomas Alva Edison discouraged his friend, Henry Ford, from pursuing his fledgling idea of a motorcar. Convinced of the worthlessness of the idea, Edison invited Ford to come and work for him. Ford remained committed and tirelessly pursued his dream. Although his first attempt resulted in a vehicle without reverse gear, Henry Ford knew he could make it happen. And, of course, he did.

"Forget it," the experts advised Madame Curie. They agreed radium was a scientifically impossible idea. However, Marie Curie insisted, "I can make it happen."

Let's not forget our friends Orville and Wilbur Wright. Journalists, friends, armed forces specialists, and even their father laughed at the idea of an airplane. "What a silly and insane way to spend money. Leave flying to the birds," they jeered. "Sorry," the Wright brothers responded. "We have a dream, and we can make it happen." As a result, a place called Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, became the setting for the launching of their "ridiculous" idea.

Finally, as you read these accounts under the magnificent lighting of your environment, consider the plight of Benjamin Franklin. He was admonished to stop the foolish experimenting with lighting. What an absurdity and waste of time! Why, nothing could outdo the fabulous oil lamp. Thank goodness Franklin knew he could make it happen.

You too can make it happen!



“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” - Thomas A. Edison

“You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” - Rabindranath Tagore

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” - Amelia Earhart

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” - Carol Burnett

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message…well spring has sprung, and the triple digits will be here before we know it! We are starting the second quarter strong with the real estate market in the Valley of the Sun and it reminds me, even after 30+ years how much I love my job. What a blessing that is when compared to those who can’t wait for Friday.

That’s right, more than 64% of people live their life for the weekends. Can you relate? If so, I have good news for you – you have a choice. Never before have there been more opportunities to start a new business or side-hustle. If you are one of the 64%, I want you to ask yourself a few simple questions:

What do I love?
What am I good at?
What can I be paid for?
What does the world need?

Stay tuned for next week’s Monday Morning Message, as we dig into this topic just a little more…let’s make it a great week!


We shall do much in the years to come,
But what have we done today?

We shall give out gold in a princely sum,
But what did we give today?

We shall lift the heart and dry the tear,
We shall plant a hope in the place of fear,

We shall speak the words of love and cheer,
But what did we speak today ?

We shall be so kind in the after while,
But what have we done today?

We shall bring to each lonely life a smile,
But what have we brought today?

We shall give to truth a grander birth,
And to steadfast faith a deeper worth,

We shall feed the hungering souls of earth,
But whom have we fed today?

We shall reap such joys in the by and by,
But what have we sown today?

We shall build us mansions in the sky,
But what have we built today? 

`Tis sweet in the idle dreams to bask;
But here and now, do we our task?

Yet, this is the thing our souls must ask,
What have we done today?

By: Nixon Waterman


“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” - Colin Powell

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” - Jim Rohn

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” - Zig Ziglar

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” - Yoko Ono

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” - Helen Keller

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

Nate Martinez Team Newsletter April 2018

by Nate Martinez

Nate Martinez Team Newsletter April 2018

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message…I hope that you and your loved ones had a lovely Easter weekend celebration. It is a time for family and creating memories that last a lifetime. I have been re-reading one of my favorite books called the Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. And this quote sums up today’s message:

“Small, smart choices + consistency + time = radical difference.”

You see, change and improvement in our lives is a steady race, not a massive overhaul. Commit to one small change this week and then let me know at the end of the week how you did. What did you notice? What other changes happened as a result of this small effort? Let’s make it a great week!


1. Just for today I will be happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from within; its not a matter of externals.

2. Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not just to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.

3. Just for today I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, care of it, nourish it, not abuse nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding.

4. Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

5. Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three ways. I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. And do at least two things I don’t want to do as William James suggestions, just for exercise.

6. Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticize not at all, or fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone.

7. Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not tackle my whole life problem at once.

8. Just for today I will have a program. I will write down what I expect to do every hour.  I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests, hurry and indecision.

9. Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myself to relax. In this half hour sometimes I will think of God, so I can get a little more perspective into my life.

10. Just for today I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love and to believe that those I love, love me. If we want to develop a mental attitude that will bring us peace and happiness, here is Rule # 1: Think and act cheerfully and you will feel cheerful.

Written by Sybyl F. Partridge in 1916 and printed in “How to Stop Worrying, And Start Living” by Dale Carnegie, 1951.


“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman 

“Forget about willpower. It's time for why-power. Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams. The wisest and most motivating choices are the ones aligned with that which you identify as your purpose, your core self, and your highest values. You've got to want something, and know why you want it, or you'll end up giving up too easily.” - Darren Hardy

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Wayne Dyer

“It's not the big things that add up in the end; it's the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.” Darren Hardy

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