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Happily ever after. There’s a good chance that heartwarming daydreams of love and marriage start swirling in your mind at the mere mention of these three words. As cliché as the phrase sounds, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with chasing happily ever after in your relationships. After all, what would be the point of falling in love without the promise of enduring happiness with a partner you adore? We all have a right to be happy in life. Everyone deserves to experience personal fulfillment from each of their relationships. This is why it’s important to understand and avoid the many pitfalls which often distort simple love into a complicated grey-area. Here are four simple tips to help achieve a mutual sense of happiness in your romantic relationships:

1.       Be Fair:

The way you treat your partner has a direct impact on their opinion of you, and their opinion of your future together. It’s important to be fair about your expectations in order to maintain a sense of balance and mutual respect for one another. Don’t demand so much from your partner that it becomes unrealistic or impossible for them to ever make you happy. In the same vein, don’t break your back trying to meet expectations that overwhelm you.

2.       Be Loyal:

Commitment has become a four-letter word in modern relationships. No one wants to put a label on anything, and everyone wants a Plan B in case things go south. Ironically, the more you keep your options open, the more you dilute the possibility of forming a strong bond with someone you’re attracted to. It can feel scary, and it can be intimidating, but commitment is the only way for a couple to break past the superficial stage of a relationship and develop a passionate connection.

3.       Be Open:

Communication is as essential to relationships, as water is to life. A lack of communication starves the intimacy between a couple and makes it harder for partners to understand one another. This is perilous because the more distance there is between two romantic partners, the easier it is for either partner to rationalize stepping outside of the relationship to seek emotional fulfillment. When communication between two people is sincere and frequent, it becomes easier to detect and resolve problems that shouldn’t be allowed to fester.

4.       Be Supportive:

Life is all about reciprocity, and relationships in particular are all about give and take. While it is reasonable to expect a romantic partner to cater to some of your social and emotional needs, ignoring your own obligation to be courteous and cater to them will trigger resentment. Being unselfish is a strong way to show your partner how much you value them. When a couple is supportive of one another they become an unstoppable team.

Love isn’t a spectator-sport. It’s an investment. It’s an investment in your health, in your happiness and in your future. In this sense, a healthy relationship can only thrive when each partner becomes proactive about keeping the spark alive. Remember that the goal of any relationship is to grow together. The goal is to become closer and closer as time inevitably goes by. If you do one thing every day to be fair, to be loyal, to communicate or to be supportive of your partner, nothing will ever stand in the way of the happily ever after you deserve as a couple.

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On June 2, 2017 the president formally announced that the United States would withdraw from participation in the Paris Climate Agreement. Because the US ranks as the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, some argue that American withdrawal from this global effort could sabotage the agreement’s overall goal of reducing pollution that directly contributes to global warming. These developments stirred a whirlwind of debate about environmental conservation and social responsibility, prompting numerous public figures to pledge support for the Paris Climate Agreement in protest of the Trump administration’s withdrawal.

As disappointing as it was to watch the government choose against cooperating internationally to rectify climate change, the fact still remains that the ultimate power to end pollution doesn’t lie with large institutions. It depends more on the collective will and individual initiative that ordinary citizens take to practice environmental conservation on a daily basis. Posting outrage on social media all day may create awareness, but awareness without action does nothing to reverse pollution. Only through recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption of natural resources can the detrimental culture of pollution be eliminated. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do for a living, everybody can play a constructive part to tackle pollution by:


1.       Recycling:

Recycling refers to the process of converting waste and garbage into new products rather than disposing of it in landfills, incinerators and water bodies. Outside of outlawing irresponsible manufacturing practices, recycling is the most effective measure people can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that precipitate climate change. The most beneficial way to recycle as an individual is as follows:

·         Don’t just throw out garbage. Dispose of it in a categorized manner. Collect recyclable waste in separate bins and then send it to facilities that can process the waste further into new products. Every city has recycling centers that are ready and equipped to receive materials from the public.

·         Never dispose of electronics or potentially hazardous items in open dumpsters. Always seek out special collection events, or permanent collection centers, that cater specifically to proper disposal of sensitive materials such as: Electronics, Batteries, Used Oil, Paints, Cleaners, Pesticides, Glass, and Tires.


2.       Reusing Waste:

Recycling is a process that demands manufacturing new items from scratch. There are however ways that people can make use of waste without having to generate new products, and that’s through reusing. Reusing refers to the process of cleaning and refurbishing waste so as to reduce the volume of materials being channeled into garbage disposal facilities. It may sound unsavory, but the majority of what people throw out is actually still viable for some form of daily application or another. Reusing waste helps conserve the environment by easing the burden of activity on disposal facilities and ensuring that products are consumed to their maximum possible functionality. Simple ways to reuse include:

·         Donating used items to charity. Before getting rid of clothes, vehicles, furniture, toys or other such durable items, try and find a charity or thrift store that’s willing to repurpose them in some way.

·         Avoid disposable products. If you have a choice to use long-lasting consumer items, it is much more ecological to purchase such goods than ones that quickly end up in the trash. For instance, paper plates and Styrofoam cups require far more natural and financial resources to use than permanent tableware.

·         Purchase goods made from recyclable materials. Creating demand for recycled products encourages manufacturers to invest more in environmental protection.


3.       Reducing Consumption:

By far the most effortless way to make a difference in terms of being environmentally conscious is through efficient consumption of resources. Ironically, when people have ready access to a supply-chain, they tend to use goods and services neglectfully by either using too much, or throwing things away gratuitously. The basic act of consuming resources efficiently is environmentally conscious because it decreases the volume of waste generated. Practical ways to reduce consumption include:

·         Use of power-save settings on electronic devices and switching them off when not operational.

·         Use of energy-efficient technology.

·         Going Paperless: as much as practically possible, opt to maintain digital records instead of filing all records in hardcopy.

·         Performing basic repairs on items with minor damage instead of throwing them out entirely. For instance just because an outfit loses a button doesn’t mean it’s obsolete.

·         Brainstorming how to re-use plastic goods before disposing of them. Plastics can often be refurbished as containers in a variety of ways.

·         Purchasing products with minimal packaging.

It’s certainly true that making your voice heard on this issue can make a statement. But it’s more important to realize that only continuous actions can make an impact. The survival of our planet doesn’t exist on social media. It exists in our decisions to stop typing and start recycling, reusing, and reducing what we consume. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your dai! ly struggles and start soaring in success.

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One of the most recognizable components of a company’s identity is its vision statement. This is because vision is to ambition, what water is to fish. A vision statement is a theoretical concept of what the founders of a company expect their organization to accomplish, and represent philosophically in the long-term. Vision statements set ultimate goals for a company, as well as influence its overall growth and development. They instill a sense of direction to a company’s operations by reminding decision-makers to keep thinking about the future as opposed to focusing too much on superficial objectives.

Leaders Have a Duty to Act with Vision

Even the most poetic vision statement ends up being a pile of empty words without someone to tangibly act on it. The people most responsible for making sure that a company’s vision transforms into reality, are its leaders. By virtue of the fact that executives and managers directly engineer the activities of a company, they occupy the most strategic position possible to convey the underlying principles of a vision statement purely by instruction to their subordinates. When leaders reflect a company’s vision statement, they inherently end up creating a work environment that is inspired by purpose, as opposed to driven by procedure.

Don’t just Say It Show It

It’s one thing for a company to possess a clear vision for its future, however the exact manner in which this vision is executed can mean the difference between a motivated workforce and a discouraged one. Cultivating effective vision statements requires more than putting pen to paper. It is a process that demands meditation and research. Beyond just crafting a hopeful statement, it’s important to publish it in a way that is continuously within view of the people expected to manifest it. When composing a vision statement:


1.       Perform a Thorough Self-Assessment: Develop and define a clear identity for the company and its employees. Understand every resource at its disposal, as well as its capacity to deliver intended services and expand from thereon.


2.       Decide on a Philosophy: Whether altruistic, or self-serving, decide on specific ideals that members of your organization should both adopt and reflect. When a company functions based on a philosophy, it becomes easier for its workforce to make consistent decisions.


3.       Outline Grand Objectives: Vision statements are aspirational because they are intended to persuade people into pushing limits. Success is easy to achieve. Notoriety on the other hand can only transpire when people surpass the bounds of their own, and others’ expectations.


4.       Publish Your Vision: Until a vision statement is actually shared, it exists as a secret. People can only act on a vision statement if they learn it, and access it regularly enough to remember it. Whether it’s through literature, online resources, training programs or any other such informational avenues, once a vison statement has been developed it should be shared openly with the members of an organization.

To quote the infamous Helen Keller, “the only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” The only way an organization can adapt to the instability of markets is with a firm perspective on what the future should be, regardless of any problems occurring in the moment. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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There are two types of leaders in this world: those who impact circumstances, and those who impact people. Leaders who impact circumstances are only capable of exercising influence over procedure and tangible resources. They function within the parameters of their job descriptions incapable of inspiration or innovation beyond meeting the basic expectations of their position. On the other hand, leaders who impact people exercise influence over their own abilities, as well as abilities possessed by others. Such leaders achieve success not by strict procedural effort, but by nurturing environments of creativity which accomplish the collective goals of a group or an organization.

Purpose Makes the World go Round

By virtue of the fact that workforces, and markets, are fundamentally comprised of human beings, success in business is inherently contingent on being able to influence people, as opposed to circumstances. This is especially true when it comes to leadership. Leaders can only thrive if they simultaneously motivate productivity out of employees, and devise strategies to elicit loyalty from consumers. These are all relationships that can only be maintained in the long-term by establishing clear vision and purpose both as an individual leader, and at the organizational level. In the absence of vision and purpose, it’s easy to end up making decisions that either act against the interests of a company, or against the interests of consumers who place their trust in a company’s goods and services.

Mission Statements aren’t Just Talk

This necessity for vision and purpose is why companies formulate mission statements. The more a company grows, the more variables arise that threaten to sway the focus and identity of its existing members. A clear mission statement creates a climate in which two important things can happen:

·         Newcomers to a company can become informed about exactly what they should channel their talents towards accomplishing.

·         Existing company employees can stay continually informed about their common goals regardless of environmental changes.

Mission statements serve as a permanent guide for the aspirations and values of a given organization. Without them it’s easy for management to become conflicted about how best to operate.

Find a Balance

When a leader maintains personal vision that is aligned with that of the company they serve, this reinforces the authenticity and transformational nature of their leadership. Leaders who sincerely endorse their company’s mission statement are strategically positioned to project passion and enthusiasm for the work that they do. This is a good thing because passion is infectious. Passion is admired. Passion is desired and emulated by those who witness it. When leaders are seen to manifest their company’s mission statement, it sends a clear message to colleagues, subordinates, and other stakeholders that there is an active philosophy behind the activities of an organization. A philosophy which transcends amassing sales. In an age when people have high distrust for corporations, demonstrat! ing that your leadership is guided by something beyond money encourages people to replace their mistrust with goodwill. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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It comes as no surprise that people generally feel stressed these days. Between maintaining social relationships, pressure from work, fake news, real news, and the bottomless political drama unfolding by the minute, most of us probably can’t remember the last time we spent a day without a care in the world. The bad news is that stress happens to be an unavoidable part of life. The good news however is that stress is manageable. Habits such as balanced diet, exercise, hobbies, spiritual meditation and good rest, can help people cope tremendously. In spite of our best efforts to manage stress however, there happens to be one trigger that unfortunately goes neglected by many. That is, how much we filter the information we consume.

Living in the information age has empowered us with access to an unlimited supply of knowledge and raw data. Google alone seems to have the answers to every conceivable question. By the end of the day each one of us is certain to have read or watched at least one hour of media that isn’t entertainment. For all the benefits this knowledge delivers, there are actually negative emotional consequences associated with exposure to high volumes of information. Researchers define these negative emotional effects as information overload. Analyzing and internalizing excessive quantities of information actually induces anxiety and frustration which interferes with our decision-making process and general peace of mind. If you are conscientious enough to proactively manage stress in your life, being systematic about the information you receive, and how you ! process it, can help eliminate this hidden source of aggravation. Here are three simple tips to either prevent or gain control of information overload:

Accept that It Never Ends:

Human beings have a natural instinct to desire closure. Throughout life’s many experiences, we feel the most satisfaction when events comprise a distinct beginning, middle, and end. This characteristic within us creates an irony when it comes to consuming information because there will never be an end to the flow of data being transmitted in society. The news will never have a series finale. There will always be a new smart device, or app, or social network to adopt and figure out. There will always be new music to listen to, or new movies to watch, or new media that demands our concentration. Approaching infinite information with a desire for closure brings about a sense of drowning. It makes us feel overwhelmed at being unable to reconcile anything open-ended that we encounter. On the other hand, accepting that information is infinite conditions our minds not to lament over issues which ! have no resolution. Embracing such an attitude motivates optimism.

Manage Your Time:

One of the most common downfalls of trying to deal with information overload is poor allocation of time. This sounds like a technical issue, but we’ve all been there. We all know what it feels like deciding to watch one episode on Netflix only to end up streaming an entire season instead. We all know what it feels like to look up at the clock and suddenly realize we’ve been on Facebook for more than an hour. If you’ve ever lost track of time when involving yourself in a source of information, that’s a sign that you aren’t fully aware of how you distribute time towards activities. Instead of blindly taking on the day hoping to accomplish an unknown number of goals, learn to schedule how and when you access information with a timer – especially when accessing information recreationally. Using timers eliminates distraction that eats into overall productivity unnecessarily.


All information isn’t created equal. A lot of what people become absorbed in on a daily basis is actually trivial and gratuitous. Do we really need live updates on Hollywood divorces for instance? Should reading up on Which “Friends” Character you are, Based on Your Sign feature at the top of your to-do list? To make matters worse, we habitually sacrifice time that could have been spent being productive, preoccupied with unnecessary information. If you’ve ever found yourself procrastinating, chances are this is exactly what you were doing with your time. Replacing or postponing something important, with irrelevant consuming activity. Actively develop the discipline to identify information that doesn’t add value to your life. This is vital to overcoming information overload. If you’ve already heard about a news story in the morning, it! makes no sense to check up on it a hundred times over. If you know you have an important deadline to meet, stop putting it off with endless “breaks” on social media. Putting first things first is the only way to avoid losing track of your responsibilities.

Ultimately, it all comes down to effort. If you aren’t trying to continuously address the problem, it will end up boiling over into an insurmountable obstacle. Considering the fact that stress has the capacity to impact health, any opportunity to manage it should never be ignored. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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