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Making Your New Austin House Your HOME

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Updated on Jul 17, 2013

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Making your New Austin House your home can seem like an overwhelming job but it doesn't have to be.

Make your mark in your Austin home starting with some landscaping. I know this may sound like a lot of work but after being inside for a couple of days it would be good for you and your home to get outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. Nothing says "Welcome, home" like your favorite flowers planting in the flower bed by your front door.

The next thing you can do to make your home in Austin more you is paint. Once your have stretched your legs outside is go down to the paint store and pick out some paint that says "home" to you. I am not saying you have to go and paint your entire house, just start with one room like your living or family room. Think of this a marking your territory. This is our home and this color says and makes me feel at home.

Finally, just personalizing your house in Austin can make if feel more like yours. Personalizing can be putting up a wreath on your front down with your last name initial or maybe you are a Longhorn or Rangers fan; don't be afraid to let your neighbors know.

If interested in Austin real estate please call Rose Castro at 512.656.3281.

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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.

One of the most critical principles I can offer you is this: Don't hide from the truth. Accepting the truth is the best and quickest way to deal with any problem. When you ignore the truth, you end up considering options that are fundamentally flawed because they’re designed to deal with something other than the true problem. When people deal with something other than the true problem, by definition, they steer brain power and energy off course. This causes a waste of time, money, and energy. Stop and make sure you are dealing with the right problem.

The true purpose of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War was questioned from the beginning. According to Secretary of State Colin Powell, the military should have gone in to win or not at all. Instead, the country spent billions of dollars, and many Americans lost their lives. If our nation’s leaders had honestly assessed the situation, there were really only two options: (1) avoid the whole situation, which really had nothing to do with us anyway; or (2) use whatever military means were necessary to win the war as quickly as possible. In recent years, the U.S. Military has proven time and time again that they know how to win a war quickly without the use of nuclear weapons. What was stopping them in Vietnam? Tragedy happened because our nation’s leaders did not honestly assess the situation or perhaps because they had mixed motives for being at war to begin with.

As another example, I know an older gentleman who has become hard of hearing. Everyone knows it but him. Everyone has encouraged him to get a hearing aid, but it’s too embarrassing for him. It would be admitting weakness or old age. Instead, he insists that his hearing is fine and that people simply need to speak more clearly. His hearing problem is hurting him in business because he can’t understand his clients and in his personal life because people get frustrated when he can’t understand them. The simplest and most efficient solution would be for the gentleman to get a hearing aid, but this would require that he accept the truth. Ignoring the truth causes frustration and a net waste of time, energy, and resources.

Regardless of the critical situation you’re facing, take a long look in the mirror. What do you see? Are you ignoring the wake-up calls? Are you ignoring your inner voice? If what you’re doing now isn’t taking you in the direction you want your life to go, you have to ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?"

The simplest example of the need to be honest with yourself in making decisions is when you’re contemplating buying something. You see something you really want, but you’re not sure you can afford it. You haven’t balanced your checkbook in a while, but you think you have enough money in the bank to cover it. So you buy it and hope you have enough money to last to the end of the month. Then, sure enough, you get one of those thin envelopes in the mail from your bank telling you a check has been returned for insufficient funds, plus the bank is charging you $20.00 for the bounced check. Or you buy something on credit when you’re not sure you can handle the monthly payments and then you get stressed out financially because you can’t afford to pay all of your bills. In matters of finance or business, the choices we face can be easily decided for us if we honestly assess our financial situation. This principle applies whether you’re an individual managing your checking account or a business owner running a multi-million dollar business.

The principle here is not the importance of balancing your checkbook but the importance of honestly assessing the facts before making a major decision. When you honestly assess the facts, you’ll be surprised how many issues will be decided for you. It’s only when you ignore the truth that you make the struggle of decision-making more difficult than it is.

As another example, if you’ve been trying to build a small business and your customer base is small and dwindling, it may be time to try something different. This may mean you need to start an aggressive marketing campaign or come up with a new and creative way to serve your customers’ needs. Through hard work and determination you may ultimately succeed, but you need to face the facts before you waste much more time and energy pursuing a course that’s not working.

Science teaches us that the dinosaurs became extinct not because they were the weaker species, but because they were unable to adapt quickly enough to their rapidly changing environment. Likewise, if we are going to survive, we have to learn to adjust and adapt. There is no preordained course of action that you are supposed to take. Learn to adjust to what life throws at you. We all have options. Every course we could take has its own advantages and disadvantages. How good our choices turn out to be is entirely up to us and how we adapt.

Just as important as it is to look outward to the objective factors affecting your decision, you must also look inward and honestly assess what’s in your heart. Just because something makes sense from a logical perspective doesn't mean it makes sense from your heart's point of view. You have to be honest with yourself about where your heart is.

Face the truth about where you’ve come from, where you are now, and where you’re going. Be honest about your thoughts and feelings. Honestly assess the challenges before you. What will you have to give up in order to get what you really want? Remember, in baseball terms, you can't steal second base with one foot on first. You may have to let go of what you’re holding onto, even if that includes security, in order to have the freedom to grasp what you really want. In order to get what you really want out of life, you must weigh the value of what you’re experiencing now against what you could be experiencing if you got what you really wanted. Make a decision, and then go for it.


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