January 2022 Newsletter Expect the BEST


Expect the Best


I believe our mindset has a huge impact on our lives. It dictates how we think, what we expect from ourselves, how we view other people, and how we feel when we wake up in the morning. Our mindset dictates the choices we make and the outcomes we experience.

Do you have a mindset that expects the best? I can’t imagine waking up in the morning and not expecting great things to happen to me throughout the day. And guess what? Great things do happen in my life on a regular basis. You might call that the power of positive thinking.

Do you expect the best and prepare for the worst? Or do you prepare for the worst and hope to just make it through the day?

If you have attended my presentations or listened to my podcasts, you have probably noticed that my default mindset every day is to EXPECT THE BEST from myself, with little thought of anything else. If we don’t expect the best from ourselves, then who will?

Expecting the best is a choice that you alone can make and a skill that you can develop. How do you do this? You choose to expect the best, and then you work on making it happen. It’s like anything in life – you begin by creating a discipline, and then it becomes a habit, and eventually it comes naturally to you. Wouldn’t your life be more exciting and fruitful if your natural mindset was expecting the best? Yes, it would! (I am speaking from experience.)

Think about all the people in your life that your mindset will inspire – your kids, significant other, boss, employees, co-workers, customers, and friends. Your mindset of expecting the best will be contagious.


Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life – it’s about what you inspire others to do


Expecting the best also means choosing to see challenges and problems as opportunities. Instead of being satisfied with the status quo, you focus on where you want to go. To experience a great outcome, you need to put in the discipline to make it happen.

Here are a few tips for living your best life:

  • You and only you can make the decision to expect the best in life. If you don’t feel that you deserve the best, then make the necessary changes so you can truly feel you deserve the best.
  • Avoid the negative noise, the cynics, and the doubters. You can’t expect the best if you are hanging on to anything negative. Stay positive in every aspect of your life.
  • Constantly recognize the blessings in your life, because this will help you stay grateful and grounded. The more you are aware of what is good in your life, the easier it will be to expect the best in the future.
  • Expect the best for others. Become a cheerleader for your friends and coworkers, and show them unwavering support. The more you support other people’s success, the more you will bring the same into your own life.
  • Do whatever it takes to bring the best outcomes possible in your life. I am a believer in manifesting what you want and what you expect your life to look like. As Napoleon Hill wrote in his book Think and Grow Rich, “If you can conceive it in your mind and believe it in your heart, you will achieve it.”


The more time you spend improving yourself, the more inspiring and empowering you will be to everyone around you. I know this is true because I have witnessed many people (including myself) who have expected the best from themselves and lived up to their own expectations. Because of this, I am convinced that we all have the God-given ability to Expect the Best!

What People in the Audience are Saying…

With Van's passion, humor and experience you can be assured of one thing- your audience is going to get fired-up, built-up, and fully charged –up. As an entrepreneur at the top of his game Van is in the unique position of being able to "talk the talk" because he has "walked the walk". Over the years he has been a great inspiration to me and my staff. Van is a speaker with charisma, humility and impact and he's a difference maker in the lives of the people he touches…"

—George Akers // President, First Mortgage Corp.

I wanted to thank you for coming and speaking with our company today. I thought your presentation was awesome! I was really motivated and inspired by your thoughts and ideas. I will use this motivation to grow my business and my personal life.”

—Justin Pauls // Realtor, Tampa, Florida

We are delighted you will be accepting the award for Omaha’s Top 25 fastest growing companies. Congratulations on your outstanding growth and we wish you continued success.”

—Tracey Fortina // Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Thank you for running such a class act company. It is an honor and a pleasure to be associated with someone such as yourself. I know you are probably one of the most respected businessmen in the region.”

—Dustin Talacko // Realtor, Omaha, Nebraska

Congratulations on writing “Selling from the heart” and thank you for sharing a copy with me. Your class has been one of the most enjoyable classes I’ve ever taken. Your enthusiasm and passion for your work are awesome. But the most refreshing part of the class was your delightful sense of humor. Thank you again for being a fantastic teacher.”

—Linda Reismeiler // Student at Randall School of Real Estate, Omaha, Nebraska

Kudos to you, Van, for reaching a major goal. But more than that...For successfully building one of Omaha’s best companies from scratch and making it thrive even in less than ideal market conditions. You have realized the American Dream...And brought it home to many, many others. My best to you!”

—Todd Andrews, Anchor and Producer, KETV Omaha

Having you here again was such a blessing to so many! As I looked at the pictures, I could see just how interested each and every person was in what you had to say!

This has been such a gift to our agents when they need it the most. The fact that you come, you are so genuine and caring, you are so honest, you are not trying to sell anything and your passion to help each and every person believe in themselves and become the best they can be is HUGE! The timing is perfect for us all helping and caring about each other, so, thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for giving of yourself to help all of us!”

—Carolyn Summerton // First Mortgage Company of Idaho

I enjoyed your seminar and its focus. I was on the fence whether or not to attend and decided why not? I could have sat through an all day session if there was one, usually I end up at the seminars that start with a focus and quickly go astray. I found with yours time flew by too fast and it was already time to go but I wasn’t ready to go.”

—Scott Asbill, CDPE // Associate Broker, Realtor