This episode comes by listener request and is all about relationships and support networks. Topics discussed include:

  • What a support network is, what it consists of, and how your support networks can either help or hinder your goals.

  • What a secondary support network is and how you can use one to hold you accountable and keep you on track when your primary network fails

  • How your growth and self-development impacts the people you care about, both positively and negatively.

  • Where friction arises in our relationships when one person decides to change themself fro the better.

  • How your betterment reflects negatively on the people around you and how that can make them act out.

  • What I expect from my support network.

  • I provide a garden metaphor as a way to understand relationships, how they grow and how they wither and wilt.

  • How we can never force the people we care about to change and they can never force us to change. At this point I introduce the book The Mastery of Love, by Don Miguel Ruiz. This is a must read!

  • How to navigate spousal relationships when one person is pursuing change while the other is not. 

  • Then I explain how most of us act out of fear in our relationships and in our lives in general. Our fear is what brings out the worst in ourselves and each other. 

  • I tell a little story about myself and some struggles of the heart I had in my early 20's.

  • In this week's Call-to-Action we evaluate our relationships and assess if we are tending our gardens and if the people we're in relationships with are tending their half of the garden. And one way or another we address it so that we can make the relationship better or move on to greener pastures. 

  • We also ask ourselves if we act out of love or fear in our relationships. 

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