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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Escape Your Difficulties

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Escape Your Difficulties

One of my favorite movies is the Shawshank Redemption. The movie tells the story of Andy Dufrense, a banker who is convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife. Eventually, Andy regains his hope and the movie ends with, you guessed it, his...
How To Be Less Anxious-Part 3: 5 Tips

How To Be Less Anxious-Part 3: 5 Tips

This post is Part 3 in a 3-part blog series on how to be less anxious. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Anxiety is About Fear  In the first two posts, I talked about two big ideas when thinking about anxiety. First, anxiety is about fear. Our...
How To Be Less Anxious-Part 2: The Power of Exposure

How To Be Less Anxious-Part 2: The Power of Exposure

This post is Part 2 in a 3-part blog series on how to be less anxious. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In the previous post, I talked about the root of anxiety, which is fear. I also talked about the natural tendency to avoid or escape the thing...
How to Be Less Anxious-Part 1: Anxiety and Fear

How to Be Less Anxious-Part 1: Anxiety and Fear

This post is Part 1 in a 3-part blog series on how to be less anxious. Anxiety is one of the most common problems people face, and it can really make your life tough. Anxiety can show up in a lot of different forms. Maybe you experience small worries about a lot of...
Being Present Reduces Fear

Being Present Reduces Fear

I’m getting married in a couple months, and as part of our premarital counseling, our counselor assigned us a book to read, called Saying What’s Real: 7 Keys to Authentic Communication and Relationship Success by Susan Campbell. One of the key points in the book is...
Put the Idea on a Shelf

Put the Idea on a Shelf

Not too long ago, I woke up in the middle of the night, feeling anxious. I was thinking about a work project that was due in a couple of weeks. I was nervous about it, and it was on my mind as I tried to get back to sleep. Unfortunately, the “getting back to sleep”...
Jump

Jump

Have you ever felt like your life was stagnant? Like you are stepping on a treadmill day after day—constantly moving but not really getting anywhere? I recently heard an inspiring talk by Steve Harvey that addressed this very problem. He compared this stagnant feeling...
Rewire Your Discomfort Trigger

Rewire Your Discomfort Trigger

I don’t like feeling discomfort. When I start to feel this way, my tendency is to avoid whatever it is that I think is making me feel uncomfortable. I don’t think I’m alone in that tendency. I observe a lot of people doing a lot of avoiding every day. There are two...
Write Everything Down

Write Everything Down

Today I want to talk to you about a simple intervention that can decrease stress and anxiety, and improve productivity in your life: Write everything down. I remember one time I woke up in the middle of the night feeling anxious. There were a couple of things on my...
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