Relationship Communication Skills

Understanding Series: Quotes about Understanding

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“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”  Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) “The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.” Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) “Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.” Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) “Everything that irritates […]

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Understanding Series: Acceptance & Success

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Acceptance is vital to personal and professional success.  Accepting what is present provides you with a solid platform to make better decisions, including the decision not to do anything.  There are many levels of acceptance based on your ability and willingness to be in a situation without attempting to change, deny, dispute or ignore it. […]

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Understanding Series: You Have Options

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Have you ever spent hours trying to understand a person, event, or situation? Does this happen more when you are upset? Is your process of understanding a mental based activity? Are you aware of the different types and levels of understanding? Definition According to Dictionary.com, understanding is: A mental process of a person who comprehends; […]

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How to Say “No” and 15 Ways to Say “No”

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Learning to gracefully and authentically say “no” is a life skill.  Often, we don’t want to say “no” out of guilt or fear that someone might express anger or disappointment. Remember, their feelings are their feelings, not yours.  If you want to say “no” and don’t, then you are disappointing yourself. Broken Record Technique and […]

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Moody People

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What do you do when you are with a negative person? Have you ever tried to be overly joyful to compensate for someone in a bad mood? Do you feel drained after being with a moody person? How much do you value your life’s energy? What can you learn from difficult people? It is understandable that children, […]

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24-Hour “I” Language Challenge

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For the next 24-hours can you communicate with others by using “I” language? For example, an alternative to “You told me you would have the building proposal to me yesterday” is “I would like an update on the building proposal” or, if appropriate, “I would like an update on the building proposal due yesterday.” Instead […]

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7 Ways To Open Your Heart

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Have you ever met someone who you would describe as open-hearted ~ someone who walks, talks, listens, and breathes kindness and compassion?  How can you open your heart more fully?  Do you believe that your heart should be in service to your head? “The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.”  Charles H. […]

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Commitment Series: Head and Heart

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Have you ever been disappointed because someone broke a commitment to you? Have you ever broken a promise? How do you approach commitments? What do emotions have to do with commitments? Who Commits? In your personal life, a friend may want you to commit to a vacation or you may want to make a self-commitment […]

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Forgiveness Series: Why I Am Stuck & What Does Meditation Have To Do With It?

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I seek in my life and want to share powerful and practical ways to fulfill my tagline: Practical Skills, Tools, and Wisdom to Build your Best Life™.  My intention is to communicate in a universal, actionable, fun, memorable, thoughtful, and non-controversial way- a way, I hope, that will stand the test of time. It is important […]

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Forgiveness Series: Why Forgive?

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How do you want to spend your daily energy?  Do you have energy leaks that get in your way of having a healthier, joyful, and productive life?  Can you see that any level of anger, upset, or resentment is an energy leak? Why preoccupy yourself with yesterday’s grudges at the expense of today’s successes? Forgiveness Quotes from the […]

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