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Updated on Aug 21, 2013

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Austin is an amazing city. It is constantly growing but still manages somehow to keep a small town feel.

The houses in Austin have something to offer everyone. There are Austin homes for the outdoor lover who needs that great back yard for summer BBQs and entertaining. Maybe you are a great cook, we have homes in Austin with gourmet kitchens that Emeril himself would be proud of.

Not matter what kind of Austin houses you are looking for, we can find the one that is fit for you.

If you are looking for real estate in Austin, please call Rose Castro at 512.656.3281 or [email protected]

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.



"Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never."

Winston Churchill

Dr. Mann’s story also demonstrates that other people’s words have the power to change our focus. If other people’s words can change our focus, isn’t it possible that our own words can change our own focus? You have the power to carefully choose the words you utter to yourself. Many books have been written on this subject. You can change your focus by saying things out loud to yourself. It helps to say things out loud because otherwise, if they are mere thoughts, they get clouded and mixed up with all of your other thoughts. Your words have the power to change the course of your life by changing what you focus on.

One of the most profound phrases I ever heard was that “misery is transient.” It’s never here to stay. If you’re miserable and frustrated with life, it may be because you’re going through a transition in your life. Transitions are tough. Transitions, by definition, mean things aren't the way they used to be, and you wonder if they’ll ever be the same again. You’ve lost something you feel you can never replace. If the transition is painful enough, you may wonder why you should go on living. You ask yourself, "What's the point?"

The fact that you haven’t seen God’s provision yet means you’re still in transition. In baseball terms, you’re in that very tenuous place when your foot has left the safety of first base but you haven’t yet reached the security of second base. The fear and anxiety you feel are normal, but it is not a reason to quit. It is a reason to press forward with all your heart until you get to second base. The thing about transitions is that they’re temporary, even though, while you’re in them, they seem like an eternity. If you just hold out long enough, you’ll make it to second base.

Most women who have given birth know that the worst part of labor is what is referred to as "transition." This is the point in the delivery process where women feel the most excruciating pain they’ve ever experienced in their life. This is the point in the delivery process when most women scream out, demand drugs, curse their husbands, and swear they can't take it any more. This is also the last critical stage before the baby is born. When the baby is born and laid gently in the mother's arms, her tears of anguish turn into tears of joy.

“Whether you choose your change or not,

there are unlived potentialities within you,

interest and talents that you have not yet explored.

Transitions clear the ground for new growth.

They drop the curtain so the stage can be set for a new scene.

What is it, at this point in your life,

that is waiting quietly backstage for an entrance cue?”



William Bridges



Sometimes, the best and highest purpose of our lives cannot be realized until we’ve gone through a very difficult time. But this is life's way of molding us into what we need to be in order to go into the next phase of our lives. We must be molded and shaped into what we are to become. If clay had feelings, how do you think it would feel while it was being slammed down on the table and beaten and pulled in all directions and then spun round and round as it was being shaped into a beautiful pot and then put into the oven where it would harden? If the clay could speak, would it curse out loud? Would it blame others? Would it try to throw itself off the table? How would you feel if you were the clay? Would you be angry at the potter? The transition process is often very painful, frustrating, and confusing. We curse out loud. We blame others. We just want to quit. But, there’s victory on the other side of every transition–if you choose to focus on it and believe it. There’s always something better on the other side.

Consider the life of Moses. The son of Hebrew slaves, Moses was nonetheless raised in the luxurious Egyptian palace as though he were Pharaoh's own son. He had never known a day of poverty, pain or hunger. One day, he discovered that he was really the son of a Hebrew slave. He had compassion for the suffering of his fellow Hebrews. He decided to do what he could. He killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave, and for that, he was exiled to the desert. He wandered poor, destitute, hungry, and alone until a poor shepherd family found him. He found work as a shepherd, an occupation he would normally have despised as a member of the Egyptian ruling class. Considering his previous luxuries in the palace where he had lived, Moses' life now looked bleak. Not only had he lost his wealth and prestige, but also his own actions had caused him to lose the very power to do what he had set out to do in the first place—liberate his own people. How do you think this made him feel? Have you ever been in a position where you knew it was your own poor judgment that caused a decision that set you back a few notches in life? How did this make you feel?

At this point in his life, Moses must have had feelings of hopelessness, depression (“I can’t do anything right!”) and lack of purpose (“My life is over.”). He could have been the next co-ruler of Egypt. How did he reconcile that with now being a goat herder living on the fringes of society? But it was during this transition that God was preparing him for his life's mission. He had to go through the fire in order to be refined for his best and highest use. Ultimately, he became God's tool to deliver the Hebrew people from Egyptian bondage. The victory was won because Moses endured the transition and became the man God wanted him to be. He held on long enough to see his dream fulfilled in a way he never could have imagined. He saw the delivery of, not just one or two Hebrew slaves, but of all his people in one mass exodus, a people that later became the great nation of Israel.

All my life, I have heard that God makes everything, even bad things, turn out for the best. If this is true, then I wonder if God is big enough to make even our own “bad decisions” (like Moses’ decision) work out for the good in the grand scheme of things. Moses’ story suggests that he can. What you thought was a bad decision may turn out to be a good decision in the long run.

I believe that the significance of any series of events cannot be determined until enough time has passed and we’ve become who we’re supposed to be. When we become who we are supposed to be, then we can see through a new set of eyes. The crux of the matter is that all the frustration, depression, and confusion you may be experiencing may be but the labor pains before your “birth.” You are in transition. If you give up now, you’ll never experience the birth.

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.

THANK YOU FOR READING THIS EXCERPT!

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