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How to Find the Want Underneath Your Problem

How to Find the Want Underneath Your Problem

Author Jim Dethmer writes that any issue we are dealing with in our life actually reflects a want. And all of our issues and wants boil down to three core wants—(1) security, (2) approval, and (3) control. Security Security is the most basic want, because it has to do...
3 Key Lessons from the Samurai

3 Key Lessons from the Samurai

One of my favorite films is The Last Samurai, which tells the story of a great war between (1) the Samurai, the ancient guardians of the empire of Japan and (2) a New Order that was trying to change the course of the country. The Samurai were great warriors that...
6 Steps to Transform Your Life

6 Steps to Transform Your Life

One of the things I’m most passionate about in life is transformation. I love to see people tackle their problems and make huge changes in their life. That’s why I became a psychologist in the first place. I love to help people reach their goals, whether it is a...
Life is a Game of Inches

Life is a Game of Inches

I’m a huge Chicago Bears fan. So, you can imagine my dismay when the Bears lost their playoff game against the Eagles when Cody Parkey’s field goal hit the goalpost—TWICE. If the kick was just a few inches to the right, it would have been good, and Parkey would have...
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...