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Secrets to Staying Motivated

Struggling for motivation? Frustrated that you’re starting things and not getting them finished? Here I expose the principles to staying motivated. Recently I was asked to provide some secret sauce for an Australian Defence magazine on staying motivated. I’m not going to replicate the full report here, so you can check out the source article “My Secrets To Getting & Staying ...

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Tips for Transitioning Your Toddler to a Big Bed

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Marriage Lessons from a Dog Trainer

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Resolving Group Conflict: Peacemaker Ministries Interview

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Ready, Steady, Jump! The Fatherhood Adventure

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Life is About Choices

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A Fathering 101 Crash Course

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Manliness – What Women Want in a Man

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Fight Like a Pro

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The Challenge of Failure

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Investing In Your Relationships

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