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How to Use the Enneagram for Personal Growth

How to Use the Enneagram for Personal Growth

One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is how to use the Enneagram as a tool in counseling, coaching, and personal growth. It has been incredibly helpful in my own work, and I’d like to lay out a model for how the Enneagram can be integrated into any...
Leave Your Cell Phone Plugged In

Leave Your Cell Phone Plugged In

I’ve been getting frustrated with myself lately. Staying at home with the COVID-19 shelter-in-place rules, I have found myself getting more distracted by things like email, checking social media, and reading the news. I find myself reacting to things in my...
Don’t Feel Too Much Pressure to Find God’s Will

Don’t Feel Too Much Pressure to Find God’s Will

I was talking with a student awhile back at a conference, and she was feeling some anxiety about her future and what she should do with her life. She was just getting started in a counseling graduate program, and although she was excited, she wasn’t sure what kind of...
The Importance of an Energetic State

The Importance of an Energetic State

The other day, I watched the Tony Robbins documentary “I’m Not Your Guru.” I loved it. Admittedly, I’m one of those “self-help nerds” who is super-interested in how people make positive changes in their lives. In the documentary, you get an in-depth look at one of...
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....
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