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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...
4 Steps for Dealing with Anger

4 Steps for Dealing with Anger

Often in our culture today, we think of anger as a negative emotion. We think about anger as something we need to do away with. If we get too angry, it can be scary. We might have to go to anger management classes. So many of us push down our anger and stuff it, not...
When You Feel Stuck, Get Going on Something

When You Feel Stuck, Get Going on Something

I was talking with a friend the other day, and he shared something I think is important if you’re feeling stuck in your life. My friend had earned his doctorate in psychology a few years back. He was trying to get going on studying for the licensure exam. But he...
3 Steps for Dealing with Any Psychological Problem

3 Steps for Dealing with Any Psychological Problem

Psychological problems can be really tough. Maybe you are struggling with an emotional problem like depression or anxiety. You’re having a difficult time coping with your unpleasant thoughts or feelings. You wish these thoughts and feelings would just go away, but you...
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...
Action and Acceptance

Action and Acceptance

Sometimes I struggle with the paradox of action and acceptance. I know action is important. When I’m struggling with something, or want something to be different in my life, it’s important to DO SOMETHING. Taking concrete steps to change your behavior is one of the...
Just Do Something

Just Do Something

During graduate school, I worked for a couple of years at the college counseling center at Virginia Commonwealth University. There used to be a well-known psychologist who worked there named Jack Corazzini. I never met him, because he passed away before I worked...
Action: Putting Justice Into Practice

Action: Putting Justice Into Practice

This blog post is Part 12 in a 12-part blog series on Christianity and justice. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) We have reached the final step—putting justice into practice. Consider the example of Jesus—he didn’t just think about justice, talk...
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