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How To Solve Internal and External Problems

How To Solve Internal and External Problems

As human beings, we are designed to solve problems. Often our biggest breakthroughs in life and work come from being successful in solving our big problems. However, the flip side is also true. Our most painful experiences come from experiencing failure in solving our...
Turn Your Problem Into a Want

Turn Your Problem Into a Want

Many of us are struggling with a problem in our lives, and want to fix it. For example, maybe you are struggling with depression or anxiety. Maybe you are dealing with a physical problem, like being overweight. Or maybe you have a relationship problem with your...
Follow Your Fear If You Want To Grow

Follow Your Fear If You Want To Grow

“Find out what a person fears most, and that is where he will develop next.” -Carl Jung Fear is Powerful I love this quote by Carl Jung, because it touches on a deep truth that permeates our lives. Fear is perhaps the most powerful emotion we experience. When we...
3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Escape Your Difficulties

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Escape Your Difficulties

One of my favorite movies is the Shawshank Redemption. The movie tells the story of Andy Dufrense, a banker who is convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife. Eventually, Andy regains his hope and the movie ends with, you guessed it, his...
How To Be Less Anxious-Part 3: 5 Tips

How To Be Less Anxious-Part 3: 5 Tips

This post is Part 3 in a 3-part blog series on how to be less anxious. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Anxiety is About Fear  In the first two posts, I talked about two big ideas when thinking about anxiety. First, anxiety is about fear. Our...
How To Be Less Anxious-Part 2: The Power of Exposure

How To Be Less Anxious-Part 2: The Power of Exposure

This post is Part 2 in a 3-part blog series on how to be less anxious. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In the previous post, I talked about the root of anxiety, which is fear. I also talked about the natural tendency to avoid or escape the thing...
How to Be Less Anxious-Part 1: Anxiety and Fear

How to Be Less Anxious-Part 1: Anxiety and Fear

This post is Part 1 in a 3-part blog series on how to be less anxious. Anxiety is one of the most common problems people face, and it can really make your life tough. Anxiety can show up in a lot of different forms. Maybe you experience small worries about a lot of...
Give It Away

Give It Away

I recently got married, and part of the transition involved moving my fiancé and me into a one-bedroom apartment. We got married in our 30s, so we both had been living on our own for several years. We had a lot of stuff. In order to fit into the new place, we had to...
Being Present Reduces Fear

Being Present Reduces Fear

I’m getting married in a couple months, and as part of our premarital counseling, our counselor assigned us a book to read, called Saying What’s Real: 7 Keys to Authentic Communication and Relationship Success by Susan Campbell. One of the key points in the book is...
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...
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