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The Six Stages of Marriage

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” ~Mignon McLaughlin Marriage is an evolving process of change with ups and downs, twists and turns. Most couples don’t realize that there are predictable stages occurring throughout the life of the marriage. Awareness of these stages can reduce stress and conflict during the tough times. When you understand there are often predictable stages that all couples typically go through, you can navigate safely through and sometimes past the tough times. Here are the six stages of…

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Put An End To Griping and Complaining

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”    ~ Benjamin Franklin The average person complains between 15 and 30 times a day.  Most of us are so conditioned to complain that we don’t even notice how much we gripe and complain about our lives.  We complain about things we cannot control such as weather and traffic.  We complain about our boss, our parents, our children, and anyone else who comes to mind.  The possibilities are endless. When you speak negatively about people, places or events and don’t…

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The Secrets To Better Listening

Two Ears and One Mouth  —  The Secrets To Better Listening by Mark Webb “Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.”  ~ Dr. Joyce Brothers  1)   Listening Improves Everything.  It makes people feel appreciated and respected.  It brings intimacy to relationships, self esteem to your children, and will save time and money in your career. 2)  Keep The Golden Rule In Mind.  Listen to others the way you’d want them to listen to you. “If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.”  ~ Turkish Proverb 3)  Give…

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Stop Procrastinating

“Procrastination is a crime that only leads to sorrow. I can stop it any time; in fact, I will…tomorrow.”      -Author unknown You will never make your dreams come true if you do not learn how to manage your tasks.  Procrastination brings temporary relief but relief with consequences. It helps to realize that procrastination is a habit. Habits can be broken. Here are some strategies to help you break this life wasting habit: 1) Get organized. Make a list of what needs to get done as well as things you…

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Now That The Kids Are Gone

20 Tips For Successful Transitions  –  When The Nest Becomes Empty By Mark Webb  “Adolescence is perhaps nature’s way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest.”  ~ Karen Savage & Patricia Adams 1)       Reinitiate Old Friendships and/or Begin New Ones.  Get in touch with old fishing buddies.  Call up the ladies in your Sunday school class. Seek out those friends who had have were pushed to the back burner while you were juggling the load of active parenting and working full time. If you would be better off making…

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Tap Into The Power Of Your Enthusiasm

“Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”   ~ Mark Twain One of the best decisions I have ever made was to become enthusiastic.  My entire life changed for the better.  The same will be true for you as well. Common benefits experienced are: Increased energy Able to solve problems easier More productive Greater sense of confidence Better liked by others Happier Better health   Here are 8 Principles for Promoting Enthusiasm: 1.    Train yourself to wake up happy and…

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Building Rock Solid Integrity

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”      ~Will Rogers Your character defines who you are.  In today’s world of cutting corners and doing what feels good, integrity is becoming a rare trait.  Your level of true success in life will be dependent on your development of the attributes of integrity. The true test of a person’s integrity can be to observe them when they are angry, in love, when promoted, when going through hard times and defeat, at…

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Increase Your Child’s Self Confidence

How To Increase Your Child’s Self Confidence “Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” – C. Everett Koop  1)  Don’t Compare Your Child To Other Children.  The comparison game is a sure way to prove that you are better than someone else but it’s also a sure way to lose. Your child will always be better than someone else but someone will always be better than your child. This creates anxiety, doubt and frustration for your child.  Teach your child to develop…

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How To Break Your Bad Habits

How To Break Your Bad Habits  — “You Could And You Should, But You Don’t” “An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.” ~W. Somerset Maugham   1)  Make A Firm Decision.  Decisions are the starting point of all behaviors.  Make a commitment to yourself that you will do whatever it takes to see your goal through.  Make it a “MUST” not a “should”.  If you should and you could; then you must. Don’t allow yourself to…

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Defeat Your Inner Enemy

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 You have dreams of success, romance and victory but many of your dreams will never materialize. The reason: that little voice of doubt within your own head. Most people will never make one single attempt toward their goals. They are their own worst enemy. Here are 13 strategies to help you defeat your inner enemy and to increase your ability to achieve the life you’ve always…

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