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8 Qualities For A Successful Life  

Having a successful life is a worthy goal for all of us.  Research has found that possessing 8 qualities can lead to a productive and enjoyable life. 

1.  Radiate self-confidence.  When self-confident we are enthusiastic, positive, ambitious, supportive of others, happy, and content with life. 

2.  Ask for wisdom.  When pursuing a goal we need to ask, ask, ask, for wisdom from those who have already achieved our dream. 

3.  Determine in advance what we will do and what we will not do.  We have a game plan with specific details in order to not deviate from achieving our goal.

4.  Be willing to take risks and dream big. We must risk wisely and at the same time have significant goals that stretch us.

5.  Realize setbacks are part of life.  We can learn from our “goal delays” and then not repeat mistakes that we made in the past. 

6.  Celebrate successes.  After achieving a goal, it is important to commemorate our triumph by going out for a special meal, having a getaway weekend, going on a special vacation, etc.

7.  Be satisfied with what we have and spend less than we make. We need to understand that “things” don’t bring happiness but it is our journey of serving God and others that makes our life enjoyable. 

8.  Give back to God and charitable organizations.  We are never fully successful unless we are “givers” in many ways including financial gifts to God and charities. 

Today:  Begin incorporating these attributes in order to improve and grow in your personal life.

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MONDAY MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE

Similar to the wisdom of Proverbs, every Monday I will share a practical wisdom quote.  I pray this quote will make a difference in your personal life and relationships.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

“It’s so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy.  Losing your cool makes you tired.  Getting angry a lot messes with your health.”  Joyce Meyer

12 Success Thoughts From 100-Year-Olds  

Certainly, 100-year-old individuals have made some mistakes along the way but they also have tremendous wisdom from their long life experiences.  Shown below are tremendous thoughts from centenarians that can benefit each of us. 

1.  You cannot go too far without passion.  Find a job you are passionate about and pursue it. 

2.  There is nothing that can be gained in worrying.

3. Believe in yourself.  Such belief can propel you to unbelievable heights.

4.  Forgive yourself and everyone around you.

5.  Your relationships are vital to who you will become.  Learn to develop the right relationships.

6.  Laugh.  There is no point in taking life too seriously.

7.  Life is fun. It’s all up to the person.  Be satisfied.  You don’t have to be happy all the time, you need to be satisfied. 

8.  Don’t look at the calendar, just keep celebrating every day.

9.  The only thing constant is change, so you have to learn to embrace it. 

10.   Don’t compare.  You’ll never be happy with your life.  The grass is always greener. 

11.  Concern yourself only with what really matters in the long run.

12.  Happiness comes from a positive attitude, optimism, and living in the now.

Today:  Read the 12 thoughts out loud to absorb the wisdom of 100-year-olds. 

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Monday Motivational Quotes

Similar to the wisdom of Proverbs, every Monday I will share a practical wisdom quote(s).  For President’s Day, I pray these seven presidential quotes will make a difference in your life.  

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”  Thomas Jefferson

 “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who make excuses.” George Washington

 “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

  “Whatever you are, be a good one.”  Abraham Lincoln

 “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Abraham Lincoln

 “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.” Ronald Reagan

 “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy

15 Danger Signs A Marriage Is In Trouble

Not recognizing that a marriage is sick and needs outside help from a skilled marriage counselor, pastor, etc. is an “illness” that can easily destroy the oneness of a couple.  Usually before a divorce is even final, one or both partners have been “emotionally divorced” for period of time.

Hence, it is absolutely essential that couples understand the “sickness signs” that may create the slippery slope toward marital brokenness.  Although not an exhaustive list, shown below are 15 Danger Signs

 1.         Positive times together outside the home rarely occur.  In addition, when a couple spends time together, sadly much of that time is more negative than positive.

2.         One partner controls most aspects of the marriage.  The relationship is not a partnership because decisions are one-sided a majority of the time.

3.         Spouses seldom eat meals together which creates a “single mindset” more than a couple relationship.

4.         Politeness seems to have left the relationship, meaning kind words and compliments are rarely given by one or both spouses.

5.         When a hurt or disappointment occurs, an apology almost never happens and/or forgiveness is not given, building a “grudge wall” between the spouses.

6.         One spouse keeps secrets-financial, technology, relationships, passwords, etc.

7.         One spouse does most of the “giving,” while the other partner is more of a “taker.”

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8.         One spouse regularly overreacts to minor hurts or quickly becomes defensive when a suggestion is made. Such unhealthy sensitivity often leads to disrespectful arguments that escalate out of control.

9.         Physical touch like lengthy hugs and kisses are infrequent.  Sexual intimacy also rarely happens or is almost nonexistent.

10.       Sarcasm becomes common with hurtful teasing where one spouse is the butt of jokes.

11.       Complaints have become attacks made on a spouse’s character rather than the goal of correcting bothersome words or behaviors.

12.       One spouse is growing and improving, while the other partner lacks the desire to grow and maybe has even slid backwards in some ways.

13.       Opposite sex friendships develop and become stronger than the marital connection.

14.       One spouse has personal issues like anger, selfishness, addictions, OCD, compulsive spending, eating disorders, that have gotten worse over the years creating an emotional divide. 

15.       Communication skills have deteriorated into serious problems like interruptions, mind-reading, memory-matching, extreme silence, negative labeling, yelling, etc.

This Week:  Discuss with your spouse how to prevent the spread of these infectious danger signs in order to have a healthy, happy marriage. 

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