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Don’t Lose Your Why

Don’t Lose Your Why

In life, it’s essential to understand your “why.” Your why has to do with meaning and motivation. Why are you here? What is your purpose? When we lose our why, we lose everything. The Walking Dead My wife and I are watching The Walking Dead. (For those of you who...
Keep Your Priorities Front, Center, and Simple

Keep Your Priorities Front, Center, and Simple

The other day, a colleague asked me if I would be willing to take the lead on part of a research project he was organizing. I felt conflicted. It seemed like a cool project, and it would probably result in a strong publication. On the other hand, the project wasn’t...
In the Journey of Life, Keep Heading East

In the Journey of Life, Keep Heading East

Not too long ago, I was feeling frustrated. I had been working on some goals related to my health and fitness, but I felt like I wasn’t making much progress. I was starting to get discouraged. Maybe you can connect with my experience. Have you ever had a goal you were...
What is the Difference Between Values and Goals?

What is the Difference Between Values and Goals?

If you flip through the self-help section of the bookstore, you will see several books focused on setting goals and achieving them. How can we set effective goals? How can we make consistent progress toward our goals? Goals, goals, goals. Goals Can Be Tricky Goals...
The 3 Most Important Values of Jesus

The 3 Most Important Values of Jesus

Jesus had an interesting relationship with the Law. The Law was an important aspect of the Jewish faith. The Law was given to the Israelites from God Himself, and it directed and guided every aspect of their lives. The Law set them apart as a chosen people, and...
Identify Your Values

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...
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

I recently finished reading an interesting book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. The book offers a unique perspective on a problem that many of us struggle with every day. The basic idea behind the book is that we spend too much time and...
Kim Davis and Living in a Pluralistic Society

Kim Davis and Living in a Pluralistic Society

Well, here is the latest in the debate between religious liberties and LGBT rights: Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, was put in jail for five days because of a contempt of court ruling last week. She was released...
The 80th Birthday Party Exercise

The 80th Birthday Party Exercise

Here’s a quick exercise to check in with yourself about whether you are living a life aligned with your values. Imagine you are at your 80th birthday party. Quite a few friends and family have gathered; some have even traveled a long way to be there. There are the...
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