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Updated on Aug 7, 2013

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We have some gorgeous waterfront wonders--- homes that will have you feeling like you are in paradise!Our homes in Austin are idyllic and ready for a new owner like you!

Our Austin real estate brags having extraordinary views of Lake Travis, fountains out front, exotic courtyards, and expansive outdoor living areas-- all for you! Make your dream in paradise a reality in one of our beautiful Austin houses.

If interested in Austin houses 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.

When we feel like people expect great things from us, we experience a sense of purpose. We sit up tall. We feel a sense of mission. If you felt there was something important that the world needed you to accomplish before you died, wouldn’t you work as hard as you could to get it done in order to fulfill your destiny? Suddenly, whatever you’re going through seems to find purpose and meaning. You want to keep going no matter what. You feel strong and satisfied.

Happiness does not automatically come from the elimination of pain. Viktor Frankl, in his book Man’s Search For Meaning, and the Dalai Lama, in his book The Art of Happiness, both teach us not to confuse pleasure with happiness. Pleasure relies on the physical senses and can look a lot like happiness. But happiness relies on the spiritual senses and requires a belief that you have a mission, a purpose, or some significance in the universe. If you have this firm and unwavering belief, even physical hardship and suffering cannot take away your satisfaction with life. Happiness, therefore, does not come from the elimination of pain, but from the realization of purpose.

Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain, but rather to see a meaning in his life. That is why man is even ready to suffer, on the condition, to be sure, that his suffering has meaning.

Viktor Frankl

You don’t have to wait for an angel to speak to you in a vision or a dream to give you a mission. You have the option to choose to believe that there is something worth accomplishing on the other side of your current struggle. But this is a conscious, deliberate choice, not an accident or a result of divine inspiration.

In his book, Every Second Counts, Lance Armstrong summed it up this way, “If I were religious, I’d say cancer advocacy is what God would like me to do, but I’m not. So, I’ll simply say that’s what I have the opportunity to do, and what I’m designed to do.” Lance Armstrong became cancer advocate, not because of divine inspiration, but because one day he decided it was a worthwhile purpose to give his life to. A hero makes a conscious decision to focus on the purpose on the other side of the pain. This is what he sees and this vision keeps him going.

You can choose a specific purpose and then choose to give your life to it or you can continue living your life as is. Have you ever stopped and made a list of things you’d like to do for the sake of humanity before you die? What if money and time were not obstacles? Now what would you do? Make a list. Now ask yourself, “What’s the tiniest of baby steps I can take this month toward accomplishing this dream?” Now go out and take that baby step. Or at least start to crawl.

“We are not humans having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Teilhard de Chardin

How do heroes change their focus when they are suffering extreme pain or difficulty? They use the power of their imagination. Your imagination alone can help you get past any difficult situation you are facing. When we don’t exercise the power of our imagination, all we can see is our current struggle, which causes fear and depression. This fear steals our energy and takes away the motivation that we need to get us through to the other side. In contrast, using your imagination to focus on specific, positive pictures gives birth to hope, faith and courage. But, you have to make a conscious choice to create these pictures. Then you have to make a conscious choice to focus on them. Then you have to make a deliberate choice to believe. When you choose to believe, excitement and energy follows. Feelings follow faith and not the other way around. If you are focusing on how you feel right now and waiting for that to change before you choose to believe, it is like waiting for your fever to go away before you take the medicine.

If we believe the costs are too high or the possibility of success is too low, we may become discouraged and refuse to act at all. When you refuse to act, you create a self-fulfilling prophecy that prevents you from achieving your goals. Our beliefs and perceptions (the visions in our heads) alone have the ability to either inspire and motivate us or defeat us before we ever get started. The point is – the biggest obstacle standing in your way is not the obstacle, it’s what you believe about the obstacle. What you see is what you get.


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