Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Business of Healthy Business Relationships

I often focus on primary love relationships and family relationships, but this time I am going to take a sharp left turn and talk about business relationships.

This isn’t really such a sharp departure, if you think about it. And here’s why:  Relationships drive everything in life.

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Agreements Made Easy: Crafting Effective, Successful Agreements

Couples join forces with one another by forming agreements. Agreements are expressed in writing or verbally during very intentional conversations.

Most of us have never learned how to craft effective, explicit agreements. It is a skill we were never taught, even though it is fundamental to all relationships and a basic life skill.

This is a method I believe every committed couple should learn and use over and over again. It is also works beautifully with any two or more people who wish to make agreements that honor who they are and their relationship, and ensure that they end up in a *Win-Win* outcome.

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Agreements: The Road Map for Success

Effective Agreements

Life is an ongoing process of creating agreements with others.  An effective agreement means more than getting another person to do what you want.  It means buy-in and true commitment from both people.

Successful Agreements

Your overall effectiveness in making and honoring agreements is greatly increased if you pay attention to three important elements:

  1. Clarify you personal values.
  2. Clarify your Vision as an individual.
  3. Clarify your Vision and Purpose as a Couple.

These three pieces will provide a strong foundation from which to commit to your agreements and achieve more consistent and satisfying results. 

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Everlasting Harmony

From time to time I receive really uplifting or especially meaningful stories and videos from my Blog readers. The video in this week’s post is one of those videos.

Read this story before you click on the video:

The Internet can be an amazing place that gives us a unique chance to enjoy events we otherwise would never have the opportunity to experience.

Even at their young ages, the Cactus Cuties are already seasoned veterans. They have delighted audiences for years with their beautiful harmony and charismatic presence.

Our National Anthem is sung at a Texas Tech University Basketball game by five young ladies; the two on the right are six years old; the two in the middle are seven; and the one on the left is eight. The entire arena was completely silent throughout the entire song. You could hear a pin drop.

Their arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” garnered five million hits on YouTube in only three months (currently over eight million), touching hearts all over the world. While this video is a few years old, it is timeless at the same time.

I hope you enjoy the Cactus Cuties as much as I did!

Remember, only YOU can make it happen!



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Unacceptable Dating Behavior is Always Unacceptable

The dating process is one of the most universally perplexing processes.  The art and act of dating confounds even the most resolute of people dating.  Dating requires that you be forthcoming, take some risks, become a good observer and listener, and trust and act on your observations and intuitions.

One essential reason to become a good observer is to be able to recognize unacceptable behavior and stop dating someone ASAP.  Dating is a process and part of the process is to be an active participant and to be proactive in your decision-making and choices.

Don’t let dating just happen to you.

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