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What is the Function of Your Behavior?

What is the Function of Your Behavior?

Often when we’re trying to solve a problem in our lives, we focus on our behavior. At face value, this makes a lot of sense. Behavior is powerful and important. If we want something different to happen in our lives, we need to make concrete changes in our day-to-day...
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...
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...
Fortitude and Engaging Our Obstacles

Fortitude and Engaging Our Obstacles

We all experience difficulties and obstacles in our lives. Sometimes they are little, but sometimes they are big. For example, a few years ago, my good friend Jamie Aten was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. I walked with him through a very difficult and scary time...
What Makes a Good Story?

What Makes a Good Story?

The other day, I was feeling stressed. I had a lot going on. First, there were some upcoming work talks I needed to prepare for, and I kept thinking about what I had to do. Second, I was working through some things with my girlfriend, which was necessary but...
Rewire Your Discomfort Trigger

Rewire Your Discomfort Trigger

I don’t like feeling discomfort. When I start to feel this way, my tendency is to avoid whatever it is that I think is making me feel uncomfortable. I don’t think I’m alone in that tendency. I observe a lot of people doing a lot of avoiding every day. There are two...
Jeremy Renner and Conquering Your Fears

Jeremy Renner and Conquering Your Fears

I was watching an interview recently with Jeremy Renner (the star of the latest Mission Impossible movie). The interviewer asked about Jeremy’s process with facing his fears. I loved his response. He said that when he was young, he noticed that fear was the most...
Don’t Be Afraid of Change

Don’t Be Afraid of Change

I felt sad this weekend! On Friday, we had a going-away party for my friend who is moving to New York. Then on Saturday, I met up with a good friend and his family who are moving to Arizona this week. I don’t like change. I’m not exactly sure why. I think it’s mostly...
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