Life Counter – Balance

  Are you taking good care of yourself – spiritually, physically and emotionally?   If having a servant’s heart – a deep desire to always “be there” for others – flows naturally from you, realistically there are pitfalls that you must consciously acknowledge and work hard at avoiding. Are you the person who constantly and enthusiastically helps others reach their goals, who compassionately shares your listening ear and unceasingly offers caring encouragement and support? Are you seemingly “all things to all people”? To those on the receiving end of your many kindnesses, sincere gratitude is mixed with wonderment that both your physical and emotional energies seem never-ending. And clearly, you are genuinely loved for this amazing personality trait.   However, I am earnestly ...

A Gift of Friendship: Time to Be and Be With

By Krista Jones   “Time – to be, and be with” – is one of the greatest gifts of friendship the Mo Anderson has given to me. It is more precious than gold! While I could list countless examples that she has demonstrated over the years of our friendship, three specific memories come to mind.   We all know of Mo’s incredible faith and her passion for life; in 1995, after one of my medical mission trips to Israel, Mo wanted to discuss my trip. Of course she asked for endless details of the amazing holy sites, but she was also the political situation in that part of the world. While in Israel, I had the opportunity to work with Palestinian Christians in refugee camps; this was the story that Mo wanted to hear!   Mo and I share differing political viewpoints; however, we both resp...

IMPOSSIBLE!

By Judy Berry   According to best-selling author and dynamic minister, Max Lucado – “We forget that ‘impossible’ is one of God’s favorite words.” How often have you found yourself in a situation that you feel is just too hard for you, will take too much time, you’re not positive the outcome will be great, and what will others think if you fail?   First of all, never fear that others are going to ridicule you if you fail. We only learn to do the “impossible” by trying, and trying again. Our mistakes are our teachers. You will never create that great positive outcome until you try!   Henry Ford, often maligned by his peers for trying to create an automobile the likes of which had never been seen – offered this advice: “If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you...

Forgiveness For a Child

By Kellie Clark Kids do crazy things! Even now, in my mid-forties, I have very clear memories of really dumb things that I did at five years old that seemed so ingenious at the time! I also have vivid recollection of the trouble I got in when my parents did not perceive my antics as brilliant ideas. These memories are now a treasured gift in my own parenting. Recently, my sweet, kind-hearted and mischievous five-year old son, Justin, had the brilliant idea that it would be “fun” to use the towel bar in the “kids’ bathroom” as monkey bars! The obvious happened – all came crashing down – boy, bar, and large chunks of the bathroom wall! Justin timidly crept down the stairs into the kitchen, where I was cooking dinner. “Mom, an accident happened in the bathroom,” he stated quietly with his hea...

Exercise Your Options

By Nina Rowan Heller It’s easy to tell oneself that there is always tomorrow. On the daily “to-do” list, exercise rarely appears as something that absolutely, positively has to happen. If you think that you don’t have time to exercise, or if the motivation too often escapes you, you’re in good company. I hear that a lot and I get it. Here’s what works: forget about trying to muster up the motivation. Instead, remove exercise from the decision tree of what you are going to do and what’s the priority. Never again are you going to look at your day and waste energy trying to decide where and how and whether exercise fits in. Just as you don’t waste time and energy trying to figure out whether or not you have time to brush your teeth and where that fits among other priorities, exercise needs to...

Being Nice: What You Focus on Expands

By Kellie Clark Life often proves that what you focus on, expands. The thoughts, ideas, feelings, and dreams that we infuse with our energy, tend to show up in the world around us as opportunities. This happened to me after watching the week-long video series on MoMentorship about Being Nice. Those messages deeply touched my heart and brought my attention to my own life – how am I nice to those I love and others in the world? Where are the opportunities to be nice that I am missing? Am I always nice when others are not? These were the questions on my mind when I walked into Kohl’s department store. I really did not need anything in the department store that day; I had a fist full of rewards points that were about to expire and I hated to see them wasted! I am very frugal and I was not abou...

Finding a Mentor in One Easy Step

By Mo Anderson   Donald Sadoway, noted expert on batteries and current [update] Professor of Materials Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, once said, “In a battery, I strive to maximize electrical potential. When mentoring, I strive to maximize human potential.” If you are not actively seeking mentors in the areas of your life that are most important to you, then you are not maximizing your own potential! Today I want to give you a tip for securing a mentor.   Who is a mentor? A mentor is a counselor, a trainer, and an advisor; simply stated, someone you trust, admire, and who is available to help you grow in life. In the words of Robert Frost, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” The same might be said for a mentor – one who awakens inspiration in another t...

A Forgotten Dream Come True

By Kellie Clark It has been an unusually cold winter in Central Texas. About six weeks ago, we had a final cold snap and I embraced the opportunity for what I knew would be the last fire in our fireplace of the winter season. The kids were in bed, my husband working late, so I tossed a few fluffy pillows in front of the hearth and sat down to warm my chilly fingers and toes. My 10 year old daughter, Savanna, surprised me and tip-toed down the stairs to sit next me by the fireplace. We chatted a while and then, she surprised me again, “Mom, I know your job is to be ‘Ms. Mo’s Helper’ but, what do you really do all day?” Wow! What a question! I told her about the responsibilities of the assistant to an Executive and I explained that over the decade that I have served Mo, my role has changed. ...

Be Kinder than Necessary

By Mo Anderson This time of year, we are surrounded with images and expectations of abundance, health, happiness, and joyful gatherings family and friends. We’re out and about a little more than usual and as a matter of course, we tend to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” “Happy Holidays” or “Happy New Year.” How blessed we are to be living in a country and during a time when so many traditions are celebrated and to have this season for stepping back from our day-to-day lives. Of course, this season also presents challenges. For many years, I’ve kept in mind a quote that has been attributed to a few different sources – all the way back to the Greek philosopher, Plato: “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle you may know nothing ab...

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Mo Anderson is an international speaker and trainer of trainers. As co-owner, Vice Chairman, and former CEO, she is one of the most significant driving forces behind the success of Keller Williams Realty, which is now one of the largest and most successful real estate companies in North America- making her a true icon in the industry! By using her experiences, achievements, successes, and God-given gifts, Mo is dedicated to serving people both inside and outside of the real estate industry to live their best life! Mo was named Keller Williams Realty’s president and chief executive officer in 1995. Known at times as the “Velvet Hammer” for her uncompromising approach, Mo’s astute business acumen and leadership abilities are uniquely matched by her faith and compassion. She has continuously ...