No sound on the planet has more power over you than the little voice inside your head! Whether it be to remind you of what you need to be doing at any point in time, or as cartoonists have depicted it over the decades, internal civil war. We’ve all seen the portrayal of the challenge between good and evil – whether to ‘eat the chocolate or the piece of fruit’; ‘tell the truth’ vs ‘what’s the harm in telling a little white lie?’ It plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy inside the theatre of our minds. Some people I work with doubt the existence of the ‘little voice’. If you’re not sure yourself, read this sentence out loud then read it in your head. Do they sound familiar? So now we all know we have that voice. What we may not know is that we have the ability to program it! Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky suggested way back in the 1930s that our internal monologue was tied to our ability to speak out loud. And Vygotsky proved that when inner speech is occurring, your larynx is actually making tiny muscular movements. In so doing, Vygotsky inferred that inner speech was caused by the internalization of external speech. He put forth the idea that inner speech goes through the same process as external speech up until the words are actually spoken aloud. Do you have a little voice in your head that keeps undermining you? Well as we have known since the 1930’s, your internal ‘self-talk’ determines how you approach the outside world. And it is not a broadcasting frequency set by the circumstances in your life as much as it is a result set by your thinking and your ultimate choice to make positive or negative self-talk your default channel. “You are the programmer of your internal self-talk”. Starting with your ‘internal dialogue’ and culminating in your exchanges with others, 100% of your success comes from your ability to communicate. So it is vital to get your internal dialogue right to ensure that the most important relationship you’ll ever have, (your connection with you) is as strong as possible! The way you define yourself with the little voice inside your head thousands of times a day, determines how you relate to, and act in, the outside world with others.


Home Buyers Rely on the Internet to Find Properties

A Gold Coast real estate professional in Australia, James Taylor leverages more than two decades of experience in the industry to lead Atrealty. As general manager of the firm, James Taylor provides an online platform that helps customers and sales associates purchase and sell properties throughout the Gold Coast.

According to Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers by the National Association of Realtors, 90 percent of home buyers utilized the Internet during their real estate search in 2012. Likewise, Google Internal Data saw a spike in real estate searches, which in the third quarter of 2012 recorded a growth of 253 percent in the past four years.

These findings indicate a need for real estate professionals to invest in online platforms to carry out their business, especially with first-time buyers. These newcomers to real estate shopping spend an exorbitant amount of time searching for homes on the Internet. Growing by 5 percent each year on Google, more than half begin their search online, while 77 percent took the initiative to drive by the homes to view them in person. The same can be said of senior citizens in the market for a home; 75 percent of senior buyers utilize the Internet for home searching, and 30 percent actually purchased a home they initially found online.