Open Your Mind and Open the Door to Deeper Relationships

What do you do when someone says something that is the opposite of your own point of view?

Do you run in the opposite direction or do you listen closely?

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Can you listen to that one idea that is different from the others or that challenges your beliefs?

It’s easier to keep your mind closed when a co-worker, family member or friend starts discussing an idea that challenge your beliefs or assumptions. While it’s harder to bring an open mind to a conversation, bringing a closed mind sacrifices the gift of the friendship. Bringing an open mind says you want to understand the ideas and beliefs that are important to the other person. Continue reading

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Gratitude is the Secret to Better Relationships

Have you ever noticed how much of your day is spent tending to problems and fixing what’s broken?

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Sometimes our problems encircle us and keep us from seeing any of the good in our lives. That’s when we have to stop and look for it.

Everything from car repairs to sick children to work issues surround you, thrashing for attention.

With so much competition from the problems and the broken things, the things that are going right scarcely have a chance to be noticed. That triage approach of dealing with the problems and broken things first works for most parts of your life, except for one: your relationships.

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Courage is Plentiful and Easy to Find

It takes courage to stand up for yourself, so how do you go about finding that courage?

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It takes courage to seek what you need and when you do, you will grow and flourish.

Standing up for yourself takes a particular kind of courage that is different from the courage it takes to stand up for others. It can be easier to rescue others when they need help than to rescue yourself because you may find it hard to accept that your needs are just as important as anyone’s needs.

You’ve probably heard this before: Courage is not the absence of fear but the willingness to take action in spite of your fear.

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