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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...
Limit Extrinsic Reinforcement

Limit Extrinsic Reinforcement

This post is Part 2 in a 2-part blog series on reinforcement and change. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) When you are making a change effort, it is important to think about reinforcement. Reinforcement is a fancy word that refers to something that makes...
Check Your Reinforcement Schedule

Check Your Reinforcement Schedule

This post is Part 1 in a 2-part blog series on reinforcement and change. The spring fundraising campaign on NPR is finally over! For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, for two weeks each spring, the public radio station does a fundraising drive....
3 A’s for Change

3 A’s for Change

This post is for those of us who want to change something in our lives. Maybe you want to improve your marriage or relationships with your kids. Perhaps you want to do better at your job, or find a job that is a better fit for your gifts and talents. Maybe you want to...
Do the Opposite On Purpose

Do the Opposite On Purpose

Have you ever had something in your life you wanted to start doing, or stop doing, but you just couldn’t seem to make the change? Or maybe you were able to ‘white-knuckle’ it for awhile, but you haven’t been able to sustain the change. This can be a very frustrating...
If Running is Difficult, Run More

If Running is Difficult, Run More

This lesson applies to anything. For most things in life, the best way to get better is to do the activity over and over again. At first, you probably won’t be very good. But over time, you will improve. It’s inevitable. The tough thing about this advice is it’s hard...
Look for the 1% Improvement

Look for the 1% Improvement

I was feeling frustrated the other day with my lack of improvement in CrossFit. Maybe you can relate. Have you ever worked on something, and didn’t feel like you were getting any better? This can be aggravating. I felt like I was putting in a lot of time and effort,...