Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message…I trust that you are enjoying the holiday season so far! The New Year is right around the corner and this is a great time to begin thinking about your 2016 goals. All of us at one point in time have set a New Year’s resolution, or in other words a goal for the New Year…such as joining a gym in an effort to lose weight, or saving more money or finding a new job. If you plan to set some new goals for yourself in 2016, try using the S.M.A.R.T. system to help you get there…

Make your goals SPECIFIC: be crystal clear with what you want to accomplish. Your goals need to be MEANINGFUL: a goal needs to be personal and important to you. Know why you want to do it before you decide to make it a goal. What ACTIONS do you need to take in order to accomplish your goals? And lastly, your goals need to be TIME-BOUND, or in other words when do you want to accomplish them by?  

I hope you find these tips helpful…let’s make it a great week!


A Story About the Sense of Time…

Once, an old man and a young man were sitting on the shore of a wild and stormy river.

“Master,” the student asked, “why does the time flow straight, but always ripples, either slowing down to a complete stop, or racing like a cow with a thistle under her tail?”

The teacher looked at the seething water and answered:

“You see there are a few large stones in the river and a lot a small pebbles. Imagine that the river is your life. If you will only rejoice over big occasions: about your wedding that will happen next month, that after one year you will have a son, that after five years you will be able to start your business, then you will cross your life in a few jumps, like jumping from one stone to another. If you will move in small paces over the pebbles, taking joy in small things: a sunny day, the beauty of autumn forest, a good conversation, later looking back at your life you won’t see ten big stones, on which you jumped, but lots of your own traces, every of which you will be able to remember with a happy smile. And you will see that the road that you have crossed is much longer.”

“But teacher, when I love, do the work that I like, talk with a friends – the time flies fast, but the same time drags so long when I’m hurting, when I’m afraid and alone.”

“You see,” the old man answered wistfully, “this is what it should be. When we are unhappy, we don’t live but exist. During it, the time lies still in our wallets, and only for our happiness we pay the ringing coin of time, that we still have left.”



“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” - Charles R. Swindoll

“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” - Nikos Kazantzakis

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

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” - Jimmy Dean

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

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