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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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One of the most central elements of leadership is commitment. Need proof? Just imagine a scenario in which a leader you admire had no commitment, and the truth of this statement becomes blatant. Where would the world be for example if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had given up fighting for civil rights after his first arrest? Where would the world be if Bill Gates had let the failure of his first business deter him from ever risking entrepreneurship again? Where would the world be if Oprah Winfrey had let the years of abuse she suffered as a child stop her from growing into the success story she is today?

Be In It to Win It

Leadership isn’t just a title or an accolade. Leadership is a process of persistence. It’s a responsibility that is intertwined both with the will to take charge, and also with the will to survive and beat the odds. Every person in a position of leadership should be prepared to stand firm and endure their duties. However difficult the setting, and however demanding the expectations, leadership can only ever be effective if it is practiced with sincere commitment to abide by those being led. Here are three practical ways that any person can improve their commitment as a leader:


1. Learn

Knowledge is power, and the more power a leader has, the greater their capacity to influence and adapt to the unknown. Leaders who take the time to research and learn become poised to make meaningful decisions in their day-to-day tasks. As a leader, it is beneficial to learn as much as possible about:

· Your responsibilities.

· The people you lead.

· Yourself.

· The environment in which you function.


2. Listen

The more analytical a leader is, the more they stand to take notice of conditions that require attention. This is why listening is a crucial skill to strong leadership. Listening to the people around you strengthens the interpersonal relationships that are necessary for productive cooperation. When followers know that their leaders are attentive, it fosters a sense of loyalty that reinforces said leaders’ authority.

· Make time to interact with followers in order to listen to their views.

· Don’t just receive information, but evaluate, comprehend and internalize it.

· When you’ve heard what someone has to say, respond and act on it.


3. Engage

Commitment is about walking the walk. It’s about demonstrating follow-through as a leader to every single person you are accountable to. This is why a strong leader should be willing to get engaged in the work they do and the relationships they build. They should be willing to lead by example and prove that their principles are authentic.

· Don’t ask others to do anything you wouldn’t be willing to personally do yourself as a leader.

· If you expect those who answer to you to accept change, be the first to adopt it.

· Carry yourself in a dignified manner whether or not you are on duty.

Leadership is a vital role because people count on leaders to be a compass. We trust leaders to show the way, especially in difficult situations. Without commitment in a leader, not only would this trust be broken, it would plunge a team into internal conflict and chaos. If you care about the people you serve as a leader, never hesitate to dig deep and find the resolve necessary to stay committed to your cause. 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 The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training! can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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