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It’s Not That Serious

It’s Not That Serious

One of my friends has a mantra he uses when life starts to get tense or stressful: It’s not that serious. We were chatting the other day, and the mantra came up. He and his fiancé are in the midst of planning their wedding. I got married a few years ago, so I know it...
3 Keys to Living a Good Life

3 Keys to Living a Good Life

Everyone wants to live a good life and be happy. But so many of us struggle. We wrestle with depression, anxiety, and relationship problems, just to name a few. What are some of the key principles to keep in mind when trying to craft the life you really want? Here are...
The Problem with Anticipating Pain

The Problem with Anticipating Pain

I’ve been getting in a bad habit of anticipating pain. Here’s what I mean: Let’s say I’m entering a situation that is uncertain, or has the possibility for pain. I’m focusing on the possibility of pain at some point in the future, and it’s making me feel crappy in the...
How to Change Your Reality with Your Words

How to Change Your Reality with Your Words

In the creation story in Genesis 1, God created the heavens and the earth by speaking. There is a beautiful rhythm to the creation story. On each day God creates something new. Each new act of creation is preceded by the phrase “And God said…” And God said, “Let there...
Look Fear in the Face (And Don’t Back Down)

Look Fear in the Face (And Don’t Back Down)

One of my favorite movies is the Godfather. My favorite scene happens near the beginning of the film. Vito Corleone (the Godfather) is recovering in a hospital from an assassination attempt. Michael Corleone (his youngest son) goes to visit him, but when he notices...
Find the Problem You Can Solve

Find the Problem You Can Solve

Most people shy away from problems. They don’t like them, so they try to avoid them. This is natural—we all have a tendency to avoid pain and discomfort when possible. However, if you want to be successful in life, you have to counteract this natural tendency to avoid...
Ski for the Spaces

Ski for the Spaces

A competitive skier was doing an interview about how he navigated skiing through the trees. Skiing through the trees can be very dangerous. In fact, one of the most common ways that people die when skiing is by hitting a tree. But this guy actually skies into the...
Move Toward Your Anxiety

Move Toward Your Anxiety

Anxiety is a powerful emotion. If you struggle with anxiety, you know what I’m talking about. Maybe you have racing thoughts, and have trouble settling down. Or maybe your heart starts to beat faster, and you feel stressed out. Maybe you struggle to fall asleep...
Everything in Moderation… Including Moderation

Everything in Moderation… Including Moderation

You have probably heard the saying, “Everything in moderation…” There was even someone who cleverly said, “Everything in moderation… including moderation.” The Power of Moderation As I grow older, I have become more and more of a fan of moderation. I think part...
How to View Trouble as Transportation

How to View Trouble as Transportation

I was listening to a sermon by Joel Osteen the other day, and he shared something I thought was important. He was talking about how we deal with difficulties and problems in our lives. If there’s one thing we can agree on—we all experience trouble. I’ve been pretty...