Failing at Building Solid Friendships May Sabotage Your Serious Relationship

I remember the first time a girl told me this deadly phrase: “I love you as a friend.” I was in high school. I wasn’t sure what she meant, but from the look on her face, I could tell it wasn’t a very good thing. Feeling a little embarrassed, I left silently but quickly. I later learned that it…

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Making Decisions You’ll Thank Yourself for

Every day, we’re required to make many decisions. Some are simple, some complex; some are insignificant, some life-changing; some have a temporary effect, some a permanent one; some have an immediate effect, some take years to have an effect… Your life is being shaped by the decisions you make. If you’re like most people, you…

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7 Basic Questions You Must Answer Before Claiming to Be Ready for a Serious Relationship

Making a serious relationship work requires commitment. To be ready for such commitment, you should ensure your life as a single person is in order. In other words, while you’re waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right, you should be working on yourself, so that when he or she walks in your life, you’re ready to…

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How to Stop Negative Thoughts From Polluting Your Mind

Thoughts can sometimes be difficult to manage, especially when it comes to negative ones. Often, when we begin to think negatively about something or someone, we’re taken into a downward vortex that’s very hard to come out of. There are so many things you can be negative about. Negative about yourself. For example, you can…

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9 Tips for Better Communication with People You Care About

Communication can be challenging. In particular, having difficulty communicating with people you care about – your wife, your husband, your good friend, etc. – can be distressing; it leads to misunderstandings and often unnecessary heartaches. Learning to become a better communicator is a lifelong journey. It’s important that you never stop growing in this area.…

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How to Deal With a Co-worker Who Is Getting on Your Nerves

If you’re like most people, you didn’t get to choose your co-workers. Some of them you like; others, you don’t. Yet, you’re expected to work with them as a team to help the organization achieve its goals. But what do you do when one of them (or more) is really getting on your nerves? Having…

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How to Make Ends Meet When Money Is Tight

Being in a dire financial situation is not a nice place to be. It’s hard on you, and if you have a family, it’s hard on your family. For most of my married years, my wife and I have lived on one salary, and for some of that time – 10 months to be exact…

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Are You Alone Because of This Myth About Serious Relationships? – Part 1

In my experience, many singles who feel ready for a serious relationship often cherish ideas that are detrimental to their goal of finding someone with whom they can build a fulfilling and enriching relationship. Unless they break free from these ideas and misconceptions, they are bound to keep missing out on amazing opportunities to reach…

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7 Secrets to Reveal Your Greatness

When I started high school (in the mid-80s), I thought my job was to pass my classes, i.e. 60%, nothing more. When I received my first report card, my marks were, to my great pleasure, above that goal. I assumed I would be off the hook from having to bring my parents to parent-teacher meetings,…

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3 Basic Principles You Must Know About Change

Seasons change. People change. Circumstances change. By the time we get comfortable in our current situation – a job, a school, a relationship, a church, a career path, a financial status, etc. – something happens, and we are propelled into a major change. Life is a stream of transitions: one change after the other. Yesterday,…

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