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Stages of Change

Stages of Change

There are a lot of programs out there on how to change something in your life. Whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking, or improve your relationship with your spouse, there’s a book or program out there for you. Here’s the thing that kind of sucks: Most of these...
The Power of Surroundings

The Power of Surroundings

Most of the time when we think about making a change in our life, we think about changing something inside us. There are good reasons for this. When it comes down to it, we can only change ourselves. If you are focused too much on changing someone else, you will...
Make a Course Correction

Make a Course Correction

Sometimes when we are dealing with an issue or problem in our lives, it can seem overwhelming. The change we need to make might be so big, it can seem impossible. We might not even know where to start. In situations like these, it can be helpful to think about making...
Implementation is Key

Implementation is Key

When you are working on a change effort, implementation is key. Many people forget about this point. They might want to lose weight, for example, and come up with a great plan that is guaranteed to lose one pound of fat per week. The plan might be the best plan ever,...
The Elephant and the Rider

The Elephant and the Rider

We like to think we navigate through life in a reasonable, logical manner, using our brains to make rational decisions. But often this isn’t the case. Jonathan Haidt argues instead that we are like an elephant and a rider. The elephant is the emotional, automatic, and...
People Only Change a Small Amount

People Only Change a Small Amount

I was working on a project with a work colleague the other day, and I found myself wishing she were different. We had different styles about how we approached deadlines. I wanted to get the project done pretty far ahead of time, so that I wouldn’t be stressed out as...
The Only Constant is Change

The Only Constant is Change

This summer I spent some time in Red Wing, Minnesota, and stayed at my grandmother’s cabin. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place; the backyard overlooks the Mississippi river. One morning I got up to go for a jog. I ran to the end of the street, where as a child I...
One Foot on the Gas, One Foot on the Brake

One Foot on the Gas, One Foot on the Brake

Have you ever been in a situation where you are trying to make a change in your life, but it just isn’t working? Or maybe you find yourself taking two steps forward, but then two steps backward? Sometimes when this happens in my own life, I have noticed that there are...
When You Slip… Don’t Stay on the Ground

When You Slip… Don’t Stay on the Ground

Have you ever been trying to make a change in your life, only to slip up? This happened to me the other day. I was participating in a nutrition challenge with my gym, and I had been doing pretty well for a few days. But then I hosted an end of the semester party, and...
Repurpose Your Life

Repurpose Your Life

I’m not artistic or handy, so I’m always amazed at people who can refurbish old furniture. Maybe you know someone who has that skill. They might start with an old table that they found in a pile of garbage on the side of the road. At the beginning, the table looks a...
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