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Don’t Complain About It. Do Something About It

Don’t Complain About It. Do Something About It

A couple months ago, I was complaining to my wife that I wasn’t in as good of shape as I used to be. What triggered the feeling was a meeting with my Crossfit coach. They got a fancy new machine that measures your body fat percentage. Mine was about 5 points higher...
Why You Need Both a Sledgehammer and a Shock Absorber

Why You Need Both a Sledgehammer and a Shock Absorber

I was talking with my counselor the other day, and he made the following comment: “You try to tackle all your problems with a sledgehammer. That’s a good tool to have, but sometimes you also need a shock absorber in your toolbox.” Fix the Problem Here’s what he meant:...
6 Steps to Transform Your Life

6 Steps to Transform Your Life

One of the things I’m most passionate about in life is transformation. I love to see people tackle their problems and make huge changes in their life. That’s why I became a psychologist in the first place. I love to help people reach their goals, whether it is a...
As They Went, They Were Healed

As They Went, They Were Healed

There’s a famous story in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus heals ten people with leprosy. To give a bit of background, leprosy was a progressive skin condition that was extremely debilitating. Also, people who had leprosy were excluded from community life, and forced to...
Who is My Neighbor?

Who is My Neighbor?

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the Good Samaritan. If you haven’t heard it before, Jesus is talking with another religious leader about what you need to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asks the guy what he thinks. What Should We Do? The religious leader...
Aim for Radical Responsibility

Aim for Radical Responsibility

We were taught from a young age that it’s good to be responsible. At its core, being responsible means you are accountable for your actions. In other words, you’re in control of how you act and behave. Outside My Control Sometimes external events happen that are...
Do Your Best and Accept the Rest

Do Your Best and Accept the Rest

Sometimes I struggle with the tension between action and acceptance. On the one hand, I want to be disciplined and do the best I can in life. There are areas of my life I want to improve. If I want to reach my goals, it’s going to take purposeful, consistent effort....
How to Be At Peace with Yourself and the World

How to Be At Peace with Yourself and the World

When you get to the bottom of people’s problems, most problems have to do with a lack of peace. Stress, anxiety, sorrow, depression—all these difficult emotions and experiences have the potential to disrupt our equilibrium. Our struggle is often one of trying to...
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...