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How the Person Who Annoys You is Actually a Gift

How the Person Who Annoys You is Actually a Gift

We each have people in our lives who annoy us. Maybe it’s a family member, friend, or co-worker. Maybe it’s your spouse or kids. When someone annoys me, my initial reaction is to get angry or distance myself from the person. This is natural—it doesn’t feel good to be...
How to Wait Well: 4 Suggestions

How to Wait Well: 4 Suggestions

It’s hard to wait well. I was reminded of this the other day. My wife and I went to a restaurant, and there was going to be a long wait before we could get a table. When the hostess told us about the wait, I groaned. “I hate waiting,” I said to my wife. It was hard to...
I Hope We Elect to Kick Ass

I Hope We Elect to Kick Ass

While taking calls on his weekly radio show before the LSU game, Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked a simple question by one of the callers: “If you win the coin toss, will you elect to kick or receive?” Saban’s response was epic: “I hope we elect to kick ass!” The...
Aim for Radical Responsibility

Aim for Radical Responsibility

We were taught from a young age that it’s good to be responsible. At its core, being responsible means you are accountable for your actions. In other words, you’re in control of how you act and behave. Outside My Control Sometimes external events happen that are...
Stop Judging Your Circumstances as Good or Bad

Stop Judging Your Circumstances as Good or Bad

Many of us get in the habit of labeling and judging our circumstances as good or bad. This habit is incredibly natural to us. Being rich is good; being poor is bad. Having a family is good; being alone is bad. Winning is good; losing is bad. Being healthy is good;...
Do Your Best and Accept the Rest

Do Your Best and Accept the Rest

Sometimes I struggle with the tension between action and acceptance. On the one hand, I want to be disciplined and do the best I can in life. There are areas of my life I want to improve. If I want to reach my goals, it’s going to take purposeful, consistent effort....
When in Distress, Follow the Example of Jesus

When in Distress, Follow the Example of Jesus

We all go through times of distress. The other day, I was feeling quite upset. My uncle was sick with Stage IV cancer, and his prognosis didn’t look good. I was also dealing with some personal issues and insecurities that were causing me to feel sad and down. I was in...
2 Key Questions to Ask During Conflict

2 Key Questions to Ask During Conflict

When you are trying to work out a conflict with someone, it is helpful to ask yourself 2 questions. These questions focus on identifying and resolving the underlying needs that are fueling the conflict. Let me explain a bit more about what I mean: Usually when we have...
How to Enjoy the Process AND the Outcome

How to Enjoy the Process AND the Outcome

In life, it is important to enjoy the process, not just focus on the outcome. This is something I struggle with a lot. At work, I’m often focused on outcome. “Let’s get this paper published ASAP!” “What’s your plan for defending your dissertation and graduating?”...
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