Credibility is the Foundation of Personal Development…

 

“Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.”

—Albert Einstein

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A friend recently told me that credibility was a key success formula. I think that he is right, and I know for a fact that he has built up considerable credibility over the years with his website.

A good definition of credibility: Credibility refers to the objective and subjective components of the believability of a source or message. Traditionally, credibility has two key components: trustworthiness and expertise, which both have objective and subjective components. Trustworthiness is based more on subjective factors, but can include objective measurements such as established reliability. Expertise can be similarly subjectively perceived, but also includes relatively objective characteristics of the source or message (e.g., credentials, certification or information quality). Secondary components of credibility include source dynamism (charisma) and physical attractiveness

Without doubt, credibility is the foundation of personal development. One’s personal development is a revelation of right precepts and principles. It becomes a guide to avoid the pitfalls of greed, self-promotion, and deceit that are so prominent on the internet. In essence, it is a direction away from one’s self and to the higher values of integrity, dependability and compassion. I think that there is a realization today that using tactics that only benefit one’s own  financial gain instead of adding value that is sustainable and of real value to others is going to have to change as more people become wise to underhanded, self promoting tactics.

Being branded as a person of credibility will ultimately win over any tactic. It establishes a trust that cannot be bought or transferred through some course of study. It comes through building character and a desire to add to others lives those things that will be of great value.

The person who is developing this kind of trust is also a person of expertise. He has something genuine to offer. He knows what he is doing because he has paid his dues and has learned his craft and wants to share it with others, not for personal gain but to make a contribution to the lives of others.

I’m not saying that there is no place for self gain because we all need to earn a livelihood and earning is certainly in order as long as it is based on integrity and not deceit. Good helpful products are always in demand and those who offer only products intended to be of great value will persevere in my opinion. A person who’s only purpose is to generate more and more wealth using anything that comes along to do so will also be branded for his tactics.

I’m on several mailing lists and I think it is fair to say that I receive value from less than 5% of those lists. For the most part, I’m bombarded with offers. I’ve been on one mailing list for a couple of years now and I stay out of curiosity. This person has not one time offered any value but is constantly informing me of the latest way to get wealthy by taking advantage of their offer. This person is one of the top earners on the Internet and emails me as much as three times in one day on occasions. It forever puzzles me as to how they became so successful. Perhaps there are a lot of gullible people out there just waiting to be taken advantage of by some predator on the Internet.

It needs to be said that credibility is not a self-proclaimed virtue. The fact is the more one proclaims himself to be credible the more skepticism that is aroused. Credibility is earned as others get to know someone through some media of communication and perhaps a blog is a prominent way to develop credibility and trust because it reveals one’s thoughts and gives others the opportunity to see the heart of the blogger.

At any rate, the best success formula is to care for the welfare of others and to express that care through your actions and your articles. That will draw more who are willing to follow your articles and develop trust than anything else you can do.  As for me, I want only to be involved with those who have proven their credibility and are trustworthy and an expert in their field.

Jimmie-on-HOG-240x300About the author: Jimmie Burroughs is a motivational speaker and author who’s been involved in teaching Christian Personal Development for more than 30 years. He is a dedicated believer in Jesus Christ and considers helping others his calling in life. His websites contains over 600 articles on preparing yourself for success and better living through personal development.

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7 Ways to Win a Woman’s Love…

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“Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.”

—Albert Einstein

According to research, a marriage begins to fade after only 18 months. That does not have to be because there are ways to make a marriage flourish and grow.

Much of the problem is that men have a general misunderstanding of women. They think that they are impossible to understand. Some men believe that there is no way to know enough about a woman to develop any kind of a real relationship with them. At the very best, you can hope to get close enough to them for sex on occasions when they are not going through one of their moods, and the rest of the time just tolerate them and keep your distance.

If men only knew how easy it is to win a woman’s Love and to bond with her until she is absolutely your all time best friend, as well as lover, they would be amazed. The reason that is not the case with many men is either that they do not want that kind of relationship or they don’t go to the trouble to learn and apply what it takes to make it happen. I think that I am speaking about most women here but of course, not all. The truth of the matter, I have known women who were more like evil witches, impossible to be with and always made you want to get away from them as fast as you could. I am just thankful that they were other people wives and not mine. There are also men who fit that category.

Most women are good people at heart. Here are 7 Ways to Win a Woman’s Love. Things that can win her heart forever:

1. LOVE: The woman cannot help it. It is the way she is designed. The only thing that will ever win her over is genuine love. If she knows that her man loves her enough to die protecting her, then she is won for life. Love is not like one person who said, “Well I told her I loved her when I married her, and that ought to be enough.” I understand that love is more than mouthing the word, but “I love you.” needs to be said, and it needs to be shown continually. By the way, before, during and after sex does not count.

The best definition of love is found in First Corinthians 13 of the Bible. These are some of the characteristics of love given there:  

  • Love is Joy; loving a woman is expressing the joy of being with her and telling her the joy she gives you.
  • Love is Peace: She needs to know that loving her and having her with you brings peace into your life.
  • Love is Patience: You express patience with her. You are not exactly alike; you do not think exactly alike, and if you did one of you would not be needed.
  • Love is Goodness: Love treats a woman well. She deserves the best treatment of anyone you know. Always show it when alone with her or when in a crowd.
  • Love is Gentleness: Love is gentle and shows itself in gentle ways. A woman knows that she is precious to her man and needed for more than just a body because of his gentleness toward her, his gentle touch, embrace or kiss.

2. APPRECIATION: Thank her often for the help she gives you in your life, to make your life better. I am not talking about being a servant. You should also be trying hard to make her life better. It is often the little things she does for you each day. Tell her how much you appreciate it, and she will forever want to please you. However, remember not to expect her to do more for you than you are willing to do for her.

3. PLAY TOGETHER: I realize that it is good for the man to go out with their male companions on occasions, but your wife is your main companion. She is your playmate, and I am not talking in the playboy fashion, I’m talking about games or  places and things that you both enjoy. It is important to know before you marry someone if you have interests in common. For example, I was reading the profile of a single woman the other day around my age (I am single also), and she said she loved the outdoors, boating, scuba diving, the ocean and beach. Those are things that I like also, so we could probably enjoy doing many things together.

4. LET HER KNOW THAT SHE IS SPECIAL: Of course, she is special in bed, but she is also special in many other ways, so let her know. My wife was my all time best friend and very special to me. Let your woman know that you are glad that she is part of your life. Use words to express it but also use actions. Buy her flowers on the right occasions; have dates with her to take her to dinner or a movie or others things that that she is interested in; she loves it when you have things well planned, in advance. I have known people who work all week and then spend the whole weekend watching sports on TV while their wives fiend for themselves. If you think this builds a relationship friend, then you had better think again. She wants to believe that she is the best thing that ever happened to you; let her know she is.

5. TAKE AN INTEREST IN HER INTERESTS AND INCOURAGE HER TO PERSUE THEM: Talk with her about things she is interested in and listen intently to what she tells you. Men often think women are too chatty, but again this is a woman’s nature, especially when she is happy. Men often do not want to talk. If this is you, get over it. Women hate for men not to listen to them and talk with them. It does not have to be just about her; share your own experiences and feeling with her. She loves it when you ask her opinion.

6. DREAM TOGETHER: Plan your life together. Let her share her cares with you. Support her, and encourage her when she feels low. Never make fun her of or her dreams. If you want to make fun, then make fun of yourself. Never agree if she criticizes herself.

7. NEVER OVERLOOK THE LITTLE THINGS: Greet her always with a smile and a kiss wherever you meet. Do not spare kind words. Be polite to her. Always avoid saying anything to her that you might later regret; she may forgive you, but she never forgets. Always tell her how great she looks. Never fail to kiss her good bye or good night. She is your best friend; treat her that way. Hold her hand when you walk together or put your arm around her.

Bonus thought: Women in general like men who are leaders.

Conclusion: Obviously, there are many men who are not looking for a long-term commitment to one woman. They are more interested in just getting their own sexual needs met, but to those who are interested in others and their needs and who have character, then the above can be the way to find more meaning and joy in your life than you ever imagined. I hope this has been a help for you to discover How to Win a Woman’s Love.

I have great confidence in the progress you are going to make. If you would like the greatest help in building relationships, first learn how to have a relationship with God.

Jimmie-on-HOG-240x300About the author: Jimmie Burroughs is a motivational speaker and author who’s been involved in teaching Christian Personal Development for more than 30 years. He is a dedicated believer in Jesus Christ and considers helping others his calling in life. His websites contains over 600 articles on preparing yourself for success and better living through personal development.

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Christian Personal Development’s Distinguishing Mark…

Secular personal development is about developing personal strengths, and Christian personal development is about diminishing them. If that sounds opposite, it is. Not to say that secular personal development is a bad thing, because it isn’t. It’s just not the right fit for the believer in Christ. Is it good for anyone to strive to be a better person regardless of his or her faith? The answer is obvious, certainly.

Christian personal development’s distinguishing mark is stated in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

The distinguishing mark lies in the objective; let me explain: A believer is indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit. Therefore, the objective is to allow the Spirit to instill his attributes. In order for this to take place, our normal ways have to be diminished in order for the Spirit’s ways to increase. Is the outcome the same? It is as for as the obvious personal improvement but different in the respect that the improvement is not an improvement of personal traits, but a revealing of a much higher inner power which comes from God.

The objective is to allow the Holy Spirit to become greater in our life while we become less. This is what Paul refers to as “Walking in the Spirit” in Galatians 5:14. The result is the perfect attributes of God are revealed through us, those Paul lists in Galatians 5:22: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faith, hope, meekness and temperance. This is personal development but of a different kind.

Paul says it this way, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord,” (II Corinthians 3:18). The term Christian comes from the term meaning to be Christ like. As Paul says, it is like looking in the mirror and seeing the glory of the Lord instead of our own image. We are being changed from what we are to what Christ is. It would be hard to disagree with that approach since it is becoming a new person in Christ rather than trying to remodel the old person.

When we consider the great Christians of the Bible, or history, we will discover that what characterizes their lives is that they faded into the background while Jesus took the fore place in their lives.

When this becomes the nature of our lives, then the saying of Jesus is true for us: “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains a single seed, but if it dies it will bring forth much fruit,”(John 12:24-25). This is the true meaning of reaching one’s full potential in life. The fruit that is brought forth isn’t the fulfilling of personal greed but instead the fulfilling of God’s specific plan for our lives. No accomplishment regardless of what it may be is greater than that. However, before God can do His work of renewal in or lives, we must first have a relationship with Him. Click on a relationship with Him and see how easy it is to have the power of God right inside you to help you to be your very best in life, and not only that but also discover His love, joy, and peace.

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The # 1 Reason for Financial Problems

The time to learn how to manage finances is when you are young. Otherwise, you may be so far behind that you will never catch up. That does not mean that it is impossible for older people to get out of debt and learn to manage their finances. It is good at any age to lean how to manage money, but starting young can put you far ahead. The following video has all the information you need to know to get far ahead fast and stay ahead for the rest of your life:

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10 Ways to Master Your Finances…