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How to View Change as an Opportunity

How to View Change as an Opportunity

I opened up my email the other day, and saw some big news. Our department chair announced she was retiring, and she was doing it soon—her last day would be in one month. We were getting a new interim chair, and conducting a search for a new permanent chair. Anxiety My...
Change is Hard (Even When It’s Good)

Change is Hard (Even When It’s Good)

This week, our Crossfit gym moved into a new building. It’s really nice—it’s a bigger space, it has heating and air conditioning, and the bathrooms and showers are a lot nicer. The new space is even closer to our home, so the drive is shorter. Tough to Leave Still,...
The Day Starts in the Dark

The Day Starts in the Dark

I was listening to a talk the other day, and the speaker made an interesting point about how each new day starts in the dark. I’m not sure why our system works that way, but each new day begins at 12am, which feels like the middle of the night. The new day has come,...
Time for a Reboot

Time for a Reboot

I was listening to a talk by Joel Osteen the other day, and he talked about how it’s important to be open to the new things God is doing in our lives and the world. In other words, it might be time for a reboot. Update Available Have you ever had the experience where...
What’s the Block?

What’s the Block?

If you’re struggling in a particular area of your life, it can be helpful to identify the block. In other words, when you move forward toward what you want, what happens? What gets in the way? Here’s a quick 3-step process that can help you identify your block. Step...
Start Small

Start Small

We are getting close to the season of New Year’s Resolutions. It’s that time of year when we begin to think about the changes we want to make in our lives. It’s an exciting, hopeful, and optimistic time. But here’s the hard reality: Most New Year’s Resolutions fail....
You Become Who You Are Little By Little

You Become Who You Are Little By Little

You become who you are little by little. Here’s what I mean: In most areas of life, change happens slowly. Our daily actions and behaviors form our habits—our consistent patterns of behavior. Our habits in turn form our personality and character. Our environment plays...
Practice Every Day

Practice Every Day

The other day, we had a lot of double-unders in our Crossfit workout. (If you aren’t familiar with the exercise, you are jumping rope, but the rope goes around twice per jump. They are tough.) After my friend and I struggled through the workout, we talked about a...
How to Utilize Passive Change Agents

How to Utilize Passive Change Agents

When trying to make a change in their life, most people utilize active change agents. What I mean by “active” is that the change effort involves doing something proactive. You have to keep applying energy to get going and maintain your change. For example, you get...
The Importance of Taking Initiative

The Importance of Taking Initiative

It’s important to take the initiative when working toward your goals. I remember one evening, I was on my train ride home from work. The train was busier than usual, and it was hard to find a seat. I wondered why there were so many people on the train, and then...
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