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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?”...
5 Strategies to Accept Negative Things in Your Life

5 Strategies to Accept Negative Things in Your Life

In my life lately, I’ve been working on acceptance. In the past, I’ve resisted acceptance. Acceptance seemed weak, like I was okay with failure or not being the best I could be. But as I have grown older, I have realized I do have some limitations. There are certain...
What To Do When Life Happens

What To Do When Life Happens

A couple of years ago over the holidays, I went to Minnesota to visit my mom’s side of the family. For about as long as I can remember, we have stayed at a hotel called the Kelley Inn in Plymouth, Minnesota, not too far from where my grandmother lives. One of my...
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