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How to Use Perfectionism to Combat Perfectionism

How to Use Perfectionism to Combat Perfectionism

For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with perfectionism. I still remember when I was in 3rdgrade, I got one question wrong on my spelling test. I couldn’t deal with it. For some reason, getting 19/20 was so painful and humiliating. I started to cry, and had...
How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

When you lift weights in the gym, you get stronger by applying stress to your muscles. You put your muscles under tension and strain, and the muscles actually break down a little bit. You don’t technically get stronger in the gym. You get stronger after the workout,...
How to Lose Weight and Get in Shape

How to Lose Weight and Get in Shape

At the end of my junior year of high school, I was 220 pounds. Bottom line: I was fat and out of shape. I didn’t exercise regularly, and I ate whatever I wanted. Fast forward 6 months later, I fixed my diet, I had a regular exercise routine, and I had lost 60 pounds....
How Mindful Eating Can Help You Lose Weight

How Mindful Eating Can Help You Lose Weight

I usually eat a snack before I got to bed. I do it so regularly, it has become a habit. The other night, I went into the kitchen like I normally do, and grabbed a banana and the jar of peanut butter. For some reason, I paused. I’m not sure why. But I stopped for a...
Find the Problem You Can Solve

Find the Problem You Can Solve

Most people shy away from problems. They don’t like them, so they try to avoid them. This is natural—we all have a tendency to avoid pain and discomfort when possible. However, if you want to be successful in life, you have to counteract this natural tendency to avoid...
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...
Discipline is Contagious

Discipline is Contagious

I remember awhile back, I was feeling undisciplined. It was a Monday, and I was working from home. I was lying on the couch, checking Facebook, Instagram, and ESPN on my iPhone. Before I realized it, an hour had gone by. I couldn’t believe it. An hour had...
Are People Who Live in California Happier?

Are People Who Live in California Happier?

Not too long ago, I took a weekend trip to Los Angeles, California to give a talk at a conference. The day I left California, it was 70 degrees. The sun was shining, and everything seemed right with the world. When I got back to Dallas, the temperature was in the 30s....
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