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What Do You Need To Have A Healthy Relationship?

Part 1 of 14 from Communication Essentials

In graduate school I took a course on Couples Therapy. One of the questions that our professor asked right in the very beginning of the program was, “What is the most important thing that a couple needs in order to have a sound, long-lasting, healthy relationship?”

There were many answers – love, truthfulness, passion, great sex, hope, being kind to one another, doing for the other person, being helpful, talking and open communications, touching them, anticipating the needs of the other person, the answers went on and on. Read more »

How To Stop Worry From Stopping You

Part 10 of 10 from The Heart of Winning!

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Worry is painful over-concern that is bad for your health, hard on your finances, and tough on your relationships. It’s the misuse of your imagination. It is putting your brain to work making you feel bad. Worry is a form of negative self-talk, it’s “what-ifing” things. Those what-if’s can scare you terribly and stop you dead in your tracks.

Worry is the result of projecting bad things that might occur, using our imaginations to create bad things. Think about that, the only reality is that there are possibilities out there; there are good possibilities and bad possibilities. You need to think about how things may go wrong. You need to think about what you can do to make things go right, but staying focused on why things are not going to work and bad things will defeat you more than anything else.
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How Do You Acquire Wisdom?

Part 9 of 10 from The Heart of Winning!

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It’s important that your advisor, mentor, or coach be a good listener. They need to be an encourager, but they also need to be a good listener and participate actively by listening to what you say and sifting through your words and your ideas so that they can help you to come up with something of benefit.

Great advisors make good decisions, they make good choices because they have wisdom behind them. They have gained this through experience and through knowledge and from listening to other people. How do you acquire wisdom? How does it work in decisions? Wisdom is acquired by gaining knowledge and learning to apply that knowledge to your life, to your routine, to your experience. Those events help you gain wisdom on how you want to act. People who are good decision makers have the ability to test the information, filter out the parts that are not true or don’t work, and then apply it in the ways that are beneficial to them and to those who depend on them. Find someone who is decisive.
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Can You Learn From Others Mistakes?

Part 8 of 10 from The Heart of Winning!

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Winning with Good Input

Something you can do to make a difference on your way to winning is to have a great coach or a mentor to assist. There is no substitute for experience. There are two ways to get it. One is to go out and do things and the other is to learn from people who have already done it and made a lot of mistakes and learn what they did that worked. It can be a lot less costly and significantly easier to learn from other people’s mistakes and their successes.

Of course you have to go out ultimately and do it yourself as well and you’ll probably screw it up in the process, but if you learned something that worked for someone else and it worked fairly consistently, then even though you may have trial and error you are going to save yourself a lot of time.
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How Do You Build Confidence?

Part 7 of 10 from The Heart of Winning!

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You have to choose your target, you have to think about where you are going to go and how you are going to do it. Planning and preparation helps build your confidence and gets you ready to win.

Be prepared means that you are equipping yourself with tools, skills, knowledge and attitude so that you can begin building what you want. You need to have high goals, not unreasonably high goals, but goals that are high enough that they inspire you to move forward because they are good for you and good for those you value.

I fully believe you have potential to do and accomplish far more than you have ever believed that you are capable of doing and accomplishing. If you look at history you will see how people who are just normal people have made huge differences in our world. They have achieved things that people said were not possible.
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Focus On What Matters To You

Part 6 of 10 from The Heart of Winning!

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Goals Build Wins

To win you must be very clear about what you want. You have to have a vision and you have to have goals. There was a survey taken in corporate America surveying people to see how much they were getting done on an average daily basis in whatever the work was they were doing.

Interestingly the side note was that right before they went on vacation, for one to two days prior on average they got double the amount done on a daily basis that they normally did. Why not work like every day is the day before you are going on vacation? Think how much more you would get done.
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How To Be Kind To Yourself

Part 5 of 10 from The Heart of Winning!

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If you only take care of one thing you will run out of gas. Let’s say you lift weights only with one arm, you don’t do your legs, you don’t do your torso, you don’t do the other arm, you only lift weights with arm, and you lift a lot of weight often. You may have a very powerful arm and I suppose that could suit you and serve you in some situations, but you would be out of balance. Your body will respond negatively to that ultimately. You need to have muscle in all parts of your body not just in one arm.

This is the same in your education, in your evolution, spiritual growth as a human, in your physical body, in your family situation, in your career and finances. You need to be lifting weights in each area, that way you can have rounded winning.
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Did You Commit To Impossible Goals?

Part 4 of 10 from The Heart of Winning!

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Multidimensional Winning

One of the benefits of desire is having a commitment. Commitment does not guarantee you’ll succeed but a lack of commitment will guarantee your failure. Commitment requires courage and taking risks, stepping out, going as far as you can go with what you have. It means giving your all to those situations and people that you’re engaged with.

Commitment cannot be imposed on you, commitment is chosen by you. It’s something that’s self-generated, it’s based on your own conviction, your vision, your desire to achieve. If something is just not working, committing to sticking it out even if you can see it’s failing is not necessarily the best idea.
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