behaviors

5 Strategies to Accept Negative Things in Your Life

In my life lately, I’ve been working on acceptance. In the past, I’ve resisted acceptance. Acceptance seemed weak, like I was okay with failure or not being the best I could be. But as I have grown older, I have realized I do have some limitations. There are certain parts …

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4 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

If you want to change or improve something about your life, the key is to actually do something different. You can reflect on your thoughts and feelings all day long, but until you actually change something in your actual behavior, you are likely to stay stuck. But change can be …

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: How ACT Can Help You Solve Problems and Improve Your Life

I’ve been getting into a counseling approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; pronounced as one word, not “eh-see-tee”). ACT has helped me to effectively deal with problems in my own life, so I thought I would give a brief primer on the approach to see if it can help …

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Identify Your Values

This blog post is Part 7 in a 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) In this blog post, we will explore one final exercise to help you clarify your purpose: identifying your core values. Values involve what …

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Presence and the Power Pose

I recently finished reading a great book called Presence by Amy Cuddy. (She also has an excellent TED talk that you can see here.) The main idea from the book is that we can change our bodies to influence our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, particularly as they relate to presence, …

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