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You Become Who You Are Little By Little

You Become Who You Are Little By Little

You become who you are little by little. Here’s what I mean: In most areas of life, change happens slowly. Our daily actions and behaviors form our habits—our consistent patterns of behavior. Our habits in turn form our personality and character. Our environment plays...
Are You a Prophet or Peacemaker?

Are You a Prophet or Peacemaker?

This past year, I have been reminded about the many tensions and conflicts in our society. We are a divided nation—racially, religiously, and politically. Social Media Activism I love social media, but sometimes the intensity of people’s posts frustrates me. Even when...
Practice Every Day

Practice Every Day

The other day, we had a lot of double-unders in our Crossfit workout. (If you aren’t familiar with the exercise, you are jumping rope, but the rope goes around twice per jump. They are tough.) After my friend and I struggled through the workout, we talked about a...
Who Are You? How Your Identity Can Help You Change

Who Are You? How Your Identity Can Help You Change

When trying to make a change, we often focus on the specific tasks we need to do. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Exercise three times per week. Stop smoking. Plan a date night. These actions and behaviors are important, but sometimes we can get bogged down in the...
How to Utilize Passive Change Agents

How to Utilize Passive Change Agents

When trying to make a change in their life, most people utilize active change agents. What I mean by “active” is that the change effort involves doing something proactive. You have to keep applying energy to get going and maintain your change. For example, you get...
Don’t Break Promises to Yourself

Don’t Break Promises to Yourself

The other night, I made the decision to wake up early the next morning and go to a 6:30am Crossfit class. I don’t like getting up that early, but I had a morning meeting at work, so going to the 6:30am class was the only way I was going to get a workout in that day. I...
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....
The Importance of Taking Initiative

The Importance of Taking Initiative

It’s important to take the initiative when working toward your goals. I remember one evening, I was on my train ride home from work. The train was busier than usual, and it was hard to find a seat. I wondered why there were so many people on the train, and then...
How Setting Goals Can Backfire

How Setting Goals Can Backfire

I did it again. I said (out loud) that I was going to get myself back on track with eating healthy, but then I spent the weekend eating fried food and dessert. Sound familiar? This is actually very common. It’s why gyms and diet programs make so much money. As human...
Take the Long View

Take the Long View

Sometimes we can get discouraged about something in our life when we don’t take the proper length of view. Here’s what I mean: A lot of times in life, I take a short view. Maybe you can relate. I evaluate something in my life based on how it is going today, or this...
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