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In the Race of Life, Be The Tortoise

In the Race of Life, Be The Tortoise

I recently re-read the tale of the tortoise and the hare, and it made a big impact on me. You probably know the story, but just in case you haven’t read it recently, let me recap it for you. The Story There are two main characters in the story: the tortoise and the...
8 Steps to Apply the Apple a Day Principle to Your Life

8 Steps to Apply the Apple a Day Principle to Your Life

When you are trying to make a change in your life, the key is to engage in consistent effort for a long period of time. Most change efforts fail because people give up and quit too soon. It’s easy to go outside for a jog one time, or order a salad for dinner one time....
How to Succeed at Big, Long-Term Tasks

How to Succeed at Big, Long-Term Tasks

It’s difficult to succeed at a big, long-term task. For example, students often struggle to make consistent progress on their thesis and dissertation projects. The projects are so big–they literally take 2-3 years to finish. It’s hard to see the light at the end...
3 Lessons from John Gottman and the 5:1 Rule

3 Lessons from John Gottman and the 5:1 Rule

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I want to talk to you about a simple rule that can help you have a better marriage or dating relationship. But before I tell you the rule, I want to share a bit about how it came about. John Gottman and the Love Lab A professor named...
3 Steps for Dealing with Any Psychological Problem

3 Steps for Dealing with Any Psychological Problem

Psychological problems can be really tough. Maybe you are struggling with an emotional problem like depression or anxiety. You’re having a difficult time coping with your unpleasant thoughts or feelings. You wish these thoughts and feelings would just go away, but you...
How to Find Success: Take the Penny Test

How to Find Success: Take the Penny Test

What would you do if I offered you one of the following two options? Take 3 million dollars right now. Take 1 penny on December 1, and double that amount every day for the month of December. If you’re like most people, you probably did a little bit of math in your...
Training vs. Trying

Training vs. Trying

This post is Part 1 in a 3-part blog series on discipline. I heard a great sermon the other day about the importance of discipline. One of the most interesting points the pastor made was the difference between training and trying. Trying is what most of us do when we...
The Power of Ritual

The Power of Ritual

A ritual is something that you do over and over again. Meaningful rituals are more than just habits such as brushing your teeth every night. A meaningful ritual is something that you do voluntarily over and over again, because it provides you with a sense of help,...
Struggling with Gratitude

Struggling with Gratitude

Cultivating an attitude of consistent gratitude is difficult. We have to be proactive about it, or else our thinking can slide toward negativity and complaining. I was aware of this slide in my own life this week. I recently moved into a new apartment. One of the nice...
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