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Motivational Monday - Pause and Reflect

Motivational Monday - Pause and Reflect

I've never been one for 'herd mentality' but, on occasion, I think we all fall into the mindset of agreeing with something, simply to maintain the peace. Avoiding confrontation is often wise but, not at the expense of others. As well, silence can inadvertently indicate that you are in agreement with the masses.


Time to pause and reflect


When others jump aboard the negativity ship or support something that you really don't agree with, perhaps it's time to pause and reflect. Stand up for what YOU believe in, even if you feel you're alone in doing so.

Happy Monday everyone!


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Comment balloon 33 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • April 15 2019 12:37PM


What a great quote for today and a perfect picture to accompany it. Have a super week. 

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 2 months ago

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS good's easy to be a follower... and sometimes you should if you agree with others.... if not, don't compromise for the sake of acceptance....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 2 months ago

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

What a wonderful quote, photo and excellent advice. Never good to be a follower because you're always compromising.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 2 months ago

Good morning Debe. I love the picture and I agree with your thinkingf as well.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 2 months ago

Good morning, Debe. 
What a great quote with so much truth!   Happy Monday!!!

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 2 months ago

Happy Monday Debe Maxwell,  Love the quote by Mark Twain and of course always love your blogs.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 2 months ago

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS, this is a beautiful photo and a quote.  

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 2 months ago

Good afternoon Debe - a very good thought for today.  Sometimes take the road less traveled.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 2 months ago

Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors and philosophers, Debe.  I love this quote!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 2 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS - This is a great Motivational Monday post and such a handsome dog. I do believe dogs ponder and reflect a lot more than people think or give them credit for! After all, their instincts are never wrong! 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 2 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS very wise advice. Sometimes less is more and sometimes more is less.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 2 months ago

HI Debe Maxwell, CRS,  I am wondering what that pup is pondering. It is such a wonderful image.  I can only talk about myself, but I come to my own conclusions based on my values. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 2 months ago

A very good quote this morning, Debe!  It is what is termed today as the Echo Chamber, and it is echoing like crazy!!!  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 2 months ago

I can jump on that bandwagen for sure, Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) 2 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS - Congratulations. You have been selected to be featured in "The BananaTude Group." Thanks for the motivation.


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 2 months ago

Debe- certainly something to think about. This is why it is so important to encourage our children to be comfortable standing up for their beliefs. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 2 months ago

This is an excellent quote to share.

Have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Debe great advice.  It easy to not say any think, but takes courage to stand up for what you believe, especially if it is not the popular view point.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 2 months ago

Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments and words of wisdom! It's 1AM and I'm just now noticing that I had so many comments on this post that I totally didn't expect!

Thank you again and have a fabulous week!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 2 months ago

A little bit of motivation is good for every day and especially Monday and that everything flows positively from there!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 2 months ago

Great quote - I hadn't heard it before. It is harder to speak our mind when we are in the minority, but that's when it's important to do so. 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 2 months ago

We really need to hear this, in the current climate. Standing up for what we believe in, is what this country was founded on. It's not the easy road, but the right road for me.

Posted by faye schubert, technology and marketing specialist 2 months ago

Wise words, not just for Monday but everyday. Thank you for sharing ❤️

Posted by Andrea.B Ferreira 954-303-8289 CRS, Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL (Keyes Co. ) 2 months ago

going along to get along or enabling appears as a pleasant experience often or how else can it fool the populations over & over? The narrow path is more rewarding. Why? Its personal, intimate & deeply satisfying. 

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 2 months ago

I often stand alone in my beliefs, often I don't post here because of the negativity it might attract, I believe in freedom of speech and thought, but not that we should get attacked for doing do and herds have a habit of doing that.

Posted by Corinne Guest, Barrington Lifestyles (Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company) 2 months ago

Debe, that is a great reminder to all of us to think for ourselves. Group think can be dangerous. We see it everyday on TV. God gave us a mind for purpose. We should use it.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) 2 months ago

He looks like he is contemplating jumping back in the pond. Love the quote, thank you. 

Posted by Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc. (Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc) 2 months ago

Good thing to do.  Thanks for the reminders..

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) 2 months ago

Debe, this is a great reminder. Thank you!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) 2 months ago

Hi Debe:

That's a wonderful thought - pause and reflect - that can fit so many situations that come our way. Being impulsive may not be the wise choice.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 2 months ago

Good morning Debe, what a nice way to start the day.  In this hectic world of real estate, taking a step back and reflecting on your day and where you are is a healthy habit to establish. Have a great day!

Posted by Matthew Klinowski, PA, Golf Community Real Estate Specialist (Downing-Frye) 2 months ago

If it does not make sense to you why bother to join the crowd?

This is a great blog.

Sam Shueh

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) 2 months ago

Hello Debe - an interesting topic that has an impact on each of us whether it be small or not so minute.  The bandwagon may appear full but it can be so empty.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 2 months ago