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1 Quick Exercise to Separate From Painful Thoughts

1 Quick Exercise to Separate From Painful Thoughts

Painful thoughts can be challenging to work through. Often, we experience a painful thought or story about ourselves, and we believe it to be literally true. For example, we might think “I’m so stupid”, or “I’m never going to amount to anything.” Thoughts don’t come...
Start Small

Start Small

We are getting close to the season of New Year’s Resolutions. It’s that time of year when we begin to think about the changes we want to make in our lives. It’s an exciting, hopeful, and optimistic time. But here’s the hard reality: Most New Year’s Resolutions fail....
3 Steps to Enter the Danger

3 Steps to Enter the Danger

When consulting with an organization, Patrick Lencioni says one key is to “Enter the Danger.” In any organization, especially a dysfunctional one, there are unspoken issues and problems flying under the radar. It’s uncomfortable to discuss these dynamics, or bring...
How to Worry On Purpose

How to Worry On Purpose

Many of us struggle with worry and fear. The other night, I woke up in the middle of the night, worrying about a decision I had to make. It kept me from sleeping and I was frustrated about it. How can we work through our anxiety to live a life that is more at peace?...
Write Everything Down

Write Everything Down

Today I want to talk to you about a simple intervention that can decrease stress and anxiety, and improve productivity in your life: Write everything down. Anxious At Night I remember one time I woke up in the middle of the night feeling anxious. There were a couple...
2 Reasons Why You Need More Conflict in Your Life

2 Reasons Why You Need More Conflict in Your Life

We often try to avoid conflict in our lives. I’m as guilty of this as anyone. For some reason, conflict makes me uncomfortable. I start to get anxious, and I struggle to keep a level head. Because of this, when conflict starts to arise, I want to sweep it under the...
Everything Can Be Fixed

Everything Can Be Fixed

I used to get really anxious when something would go wrong in my life. I lived in “protection-mode.” I always worried about losing something, doing something wrong, or saying the wrong thing. Then I would beat myself up when I made a mistake (which we all do)....
Use Negative Emotions, Don’t Lose Them

Use Negative Emotions, Don’t Lose Them

I was feeling anxious not too long ago. There were a lot of things on my mind. I had several writing projects with due dates approaching. The lease for my apartment was up, and I had to figure out if I wanted to sign a new lease or move out. I was dealing with a...
3 Keys to Personal Growth

3 Keys to Personal Growth

Today I want to share a 3-part framework that I use to help people who are working toward personal growth. I use this model in my own life, as well as with clients I’m trying to help. The model involves three key areas of focus: (1) freedom, (2) values, (3) action....
How to Live with Uncertainty

How to Live with Uncertainty

One of the most challenging things to navigate in life is living with uncertainty. My wife and I are dealing with this right now, as we try to have a baby. We have had trouble getting pregnant, and we’re working with an infertility doctor. But the future is uncertain....
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