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What is the Difference Between Values and Goals?

What is the Difference Between Values and Goals?

If you flip through the self-help section of the bookstore, you will see several books focused on setting goals and achieving them. How can we set effective goals? How can we make consistent progress toward our goals? Goals, goals, goals. Goals Can Be Tricky Goals...
Humility, Growth, and Physical Health

Humility, Growth, and Physical Health

This post is Part 7 in a 12-part blog series on humility and growth. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In the next few posts, I will explore how the model of humility and growth can be applied in a few key areas of life. In this first post, I will...
How to Choose a Counselor: 4 Key Questions

How to Choose a Counselor: 4 Key Questions

I’m a big fan of counseling. Whether you are dealing with a major psychological problem, or just want some help working on some personal issues, meeting with a professional counselor can be a great way to get the help you need. I’ve had a lot of experience with...
Identify Your Values

Identify Your Values

This blog post is Part 7 in a 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) In this blog post, we will explore one final exercise to help you clarify your purpose: identifying your core values. Values involve...
Alignment with the Way Things Are

Alignment with the Way Things Are

Often in my life, I’m working to change or improve some aspect of my life. As a psychologist, the people I work with usually want to change or improve something as well. This is all well and good. I think it is helpful to be in the process of working toward your...
Don’t Make Your New Years Resolution Only About You

Don’t Make Your New Years Resolution Only About You

As I was reviewing my New Years Resolutions from last year, I noticed something: They were all about me. For example, I looked at my list from last year: Eat healthy and get in better shape. Make my blog more successful. Get a book contract. Fall in love. All about...
Make Your Goals Specific and Measurable

Make Your Goals Specific and Measurable

When you are trying to change something in your life, having a goal that is broad and ambiguous is a sure way to fail. But these kinds of goals are really common. Maybe you have set some of these goals yourself: I want to be healthier. I want to lose weight. I want to...
The Joy is in the Pursuit

The Joy is in the Pursuit

This was a big year for me professionally. I got a big grant. My first two Ph.D. students graduated. I finished writing a book. And I got tenure. I achieved quite a few major goals that I had been working toward for a long time. I thought I would be happier about it....
Searching for Contentment

Searching for Contentment

I was hanging out with a few friends the other day. We were relaxing and chatting about whatever came to mind. At one point, one of my friends asked this question: Where do you want to be in 10 years? Immediately my mind started to make a list. I began to think about...
Are People in California Happier?

Are People in California Happier?

I recently 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 all seemed right with the world. When I got back to Dallas, the temperature was in the 30s. The cold hit me...
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