[Weekly Summary] Relationships, Perspective and more . . .

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Sunday, May 22, 2011
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We Didn't Know About These 5 Stages Either . . .

Question: Do you know what stage your relationships are in?


Neither did we—until we watched this video of a presentation our friends and colleagues, Paul and Layne Cutright sent us recently.

They were talking to a group of several hundred people, mostly therapists and counselor types, about the Five Stages of Relationships.

It was a revelation for us and we believe it will be for you, too.

You can see it for yourself here . . .

The thing about these stages is that most problems in relationships occur in the second stage, called "power struggle". That’s where most miscommunications, misunderstandings and upsets occur in relationships.

And where most relationships either end—or get stuck—for a long time!

We've arranged for you to see this video (it’s only 3 minutes long) and to receive a Special Report Paul and Layne wrote called The Five Stages of Relationships. In this special report, they distinguish not only the five stages but the specific skills necessary to succeed in each stage.

Paul and Layne are relationship and communication experts who have been together in a romantic and creative professional relationship for 35 years.

They’re both wise and "street smart" and they know their stuff!

We encourage you to check this out now, watch the video and register to receive their Special Report . . .

When you do, you’ll also learn about their new communication program called Heart to Heart Talks Deluxe Communication Program. And they even agreed to give you a full 50% off the tuition for this program for a limited time.

But, rather than go into all that here, go check it out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

PS: You've heard us say many times that success is all about relationships. And Paul and Layne's programs are dedicated to helping you make yours great. Click here . . .

Practical SuccessNet Principle #6: Step Back to Gain Perspective

It’s been said that life is lived forward and only understood backward. I’m not sure if that’s entirely true, but I do know that things sure look different a month, a year or a decade after the fact.

As I enter into the final days of my 60th trip around the sun, I realize I have a much different perspective on things that have happened over the years.

Even if you haven’t been around as long as I have, I’m sure you’ll agree that many events that seemed like a big deal weren’t, while other, seemingly insignificant things, turned out to be substantial. “Disasters” often became blessings and what we thought at the time was something good may have turned out to be not so much.

When we’re in the midst of things—when life is happening—it’s challenging to always see the big picture. It’s not easy to understand, to be fully aware and have the insight that comes from looking back.

In every business I’ve owned, in every relationship I’ve ever been in, there’s one common thing I would have done more of. I would have stepped back more often, taken more time off and gotten away from the busy-ness of things.

We often need to get away in order to see things clearly. We need to step back, take a break or see things with a fresh set of eyes.

Be sure that you’re taking time off on a regular basis. And I suggest planning part of that time off for reflection and introspection. Ask yourself questions. Journal about what’s happened—and your thoughts and feelings around them.

Having a MasterMind Team like our Diamond Club and Inner Circle is a big help in improving our perspective. And the process we use of reporting to one another with “what worked, what didn’t and what’s next,” goes a long way toward having a healthy reflection and positive and productive plans and expectations.

Of course you can do this on a regular basis without going away, and I certainly encourage you to that.

But in my opinion, getting away is best. There’s something about a different environment, away from the routine and maybe with new people, that provides the fresh outlook, the different viewpoint and the elevated clarity getting away from it all creates.

And that’s why Practical SuccessNet Principle #6 is Step Back to Gain Perspective.

And a very helpful resource in support of this and our other SuccessNet Principles is our Step Up to Success Course. It’s a Success 101 course that covers the basics which we all need to work on.


If you don’t already have it, you’ll definitely want it as part of your success library.


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“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”

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Michael Angier



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