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Do. What You Can… And Let That Be Enough

Do. What You Can… And Let That Be Enough

The other day, I was feeling frustrated. I was dealing with an injury, and it wasn’t progressing as quickly as I wanted it to. I was going to physical therapy, and doing my exercises, but the reality was that I was going to have to accept a less than ideal situation....
Give a Gift of Grace

Give a Gift of Grace

A few years ago, a colleague of mine sent me an email. He wanted to organize a research project on grace. I thought it was a great idea. Even though I think grace is really important, there isn’t much research out there on what exactly grace is, or how it works. What...
What’s the Block?

What’s the Block?

If you’re struggling in a particular area of your life, it can be helpful to identify the block. In other words, when you move forward toward what you want, what happens? What gets in the way? Here’s a quick 3-step process that can help you identify your block. Step...
The Injustice of Guilt

The Injustice of Guilt

Guilt is a tricky emotion, isn’t it? Sometimes, guilt can help us stay on the right track. Maybe you have had this experience. You did something bad, felt guilty about it, and thought to yourself, “I don’t want to that ever again.” The guilty feelings were painful, so...
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....
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...
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