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Updated on Aug 7, 2013

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Experience the vacation you've always dreamt of right in your very own backyard!

Our Austin homes have refreshing backyards with large pergola covered patios and pools, beautiful master rooms with grand walk-in closets, and bamboo wood floors complimenting the gorgeous house. Our Austin real estate is to die for!

These houses in Austin have spacious game rooms,updated kitchens and appliances, and restaurants and shopping destinations a mile away. You'll love your new home! And so will your friends and family!

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NOTE: As a thank you for reading this blog post, we are providing you with a free excerpt from Dan Castro’s book CRITICAL CHOICES THAT CHANGE LIVES.



Seventh Law of Critical Focus: We have the power to choose what to focus on no matter what is going on in the world around us.



One Thanksgiving, Eleanor Roosevelt was serving food at a local soup kitchen. More street people showed up than anticipated. They were running out of food and were afraid not everyone would get to eat. As Eleanor was delivering two plates of food, her thumbs slipped into the gravy on the plates. The gravy was extremely hot. Her natural reaction was to drop the plates instantly, but she knew that if she did so, two people would go without their Thanksgiving dinner. So she held on. She made a decision that someone else's Thanksgiving was more important than her desire to avoid the pain. She found meaning in her temporary suffering and decided to keep going. In that split second, she chose where to put her focus. Someone else’s happiness was more important than her temporary pain. After all, isn’t all pain temporary by definition? Heroes choose to focus on the purpose on the other side of pain.

"In some ways, suffering ceases to be suffering

at the moment it finds a meaning."



Viktor Frankl

When you are facing what looks like insurmountable odds, how do you know when it is time to quit or keep going? In the timeless movie It's A Wonderful Life, George Bailey suddenly encounters financial, legal, and business trouble the likes of which he has never seen. He’s faced with going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit and not being able to support his family. The odds against him seem insurmountable. He sees no way out for himself or his family. He’s desperate. He begins to wish he had never been born. He feels that everything he has worked for all of his life has been lost and that there is nothing he can do to regain it.

He’s about to commit suicide when an angel intervenes. The angel shows him what life would have been like in his hometown had he never been born. The people he had helped throughout his life went without help because he wasn't there. His brother died as a child because he wasn't there to save him. Hundreds of men on a transport ship died because his brother in turn wasn't there to save them. A pharmacist became an alcoholic and a street person because George wasn't there as a teen to correct an error he made in a customer’s prescription, who died as a result. The unscrupulous Mr. Potter became the most powerful man in town, abusing and taking advantage of many people. The evil influences in George Bailey's hometown that he counterbalanced with his life went unchecked without his presence. His wife never married and became an old maid.

In the movie, George Bailey begins to see the value that his life has brought to all those around him—despite his current troubles. He wishes he were alive again, if only just for them. He begs the angel to bring things back to the way they were when he was alive. Then in an instant, the angel brings him back to reality. In the end of the movie, all the people whom George has helped throughout his life come to his aid in his greatest hour of need and give him just what he needs to survive his crisis. One moment, the world seemed bleak, but in the next, his perspective shifts from his own troubles to the troubles of those around him whom he was able to help. This gives him hope and a reason to keep living that is bigger than his problems. This feeling of purposefulness becomes the ray of sunshine that gives him a reason to keep living.

It’s a moving story, and in the end, George Bailey realizes that all of the good he has done and all the good he has left to do in life outweigh whatever pain he is experiencing due to his current problems. George Bailey realizes that the significance of his life wasn’t in how pleasant and stress-free his own life is, but in the value he brings to the lives of those around him. Yet, when George Bailey made his decision not to commit suicide, his horrible situation hadn’t yet changed. The only thing that changed was what he chose to focus on. Once his focus changed, he came to believe that his life had significance and a purpose. Once he was looking at the situation from the top of the mountain, he saw everything in a whole new light. Now he was looking through heroes’ eyes. From what position are you viewing your situation? Is it from the mountaintop or from the valley floor? What have you chosen to focus on?

Whatever your situation, before you can decide whether to quit or keep going, you’ve got to decide how important it is for you to accomplish your goal. Viktor Frankl, survivor of a Nazi death camp, says that above all, the thing that kept him going was the thought that the world needed what he had to offer when he got out. He had an unfinished book that he needed to write. So, he chose to focus on that one small purpose despite what was going on the world around him. Viktor Frankl explains that those in the camp who focused on what little the world had left to offer them were most likely to be found dead on their bunks in the morning or most likely to "throw themselves against the fence" in order to end it all. He said one could always tell when people had given up hope by the look in their eyes and the way they walked. Then you knew it was just a matter of time.

The people who survived the death camps tended to focus on that purpose or on the person who was waiting for them when they got out. They focused on the ray of sunlight they had to offer the world, not on what the world had, or did not have, to offer them. This demonstrates the Seventh Law of Critical Focus. We have the power to choose what to focus on no matter what is going on in the world around us. This requires a vivid imagination and lots of creativity. But you can deliberately choose to use your imagination just as Frankl did. This is the decision behind the decision.

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Remember, if you are buying or selling real estate in Austin, please call Rose Castro at EXIT: Options Realty.
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