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4 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

4 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

If you want to change or improve something about your life, the key is to actually do something different. You can reflect on your thoughts and feelings all day long, but until you actually change something in your actual behavior, you are likely to stay stuck. But...
Be a Conduit, Not a Receptacle

Be a Conduit, Not a Receptacle

I listened to a sermon the other day, and the pastor used an example I thought was really interesting. The sermon was on the topic of giving. The pastor focused on the benefits of being generous with your time and resources. The pastor talked our bodies as a metaphor,...
How to Find Success: Take the Penny Test

How to Find Success: Take the Penny Test

What would you do if I offered you one of the following two options? Take 3 million dollars right now. Take 1 penny on December 1, and double that amount every day for the month of December. If you’re like most people, you probably did a little bit of math in your...
Was Jesus a Minimalist?

Was Jesus a Minimalist?

This post is Part 3 in a 3-part blog series on Minimalism. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) I’ve been getting into a new podcast called The Minimalists. Their basic message is that we have a problem—we have too much stuff. We think having more stuff will...
Does It Add Value to Your Life?

Does It Add Value to Your Life?

This post is Part 1 of a 3-part blog series on Minimalism. I’ve been listening to a great podcast recently called The Minimalists. Throughout the podcast, they call into question the basic assumption in our culture that having more money and more stuff will make us...
25 Lessons From Research That Can Improve Your Life

25 Lessons From Research That Can Improve Your Life

As a professor, I spend a lot of time doing research—coming up with a hypothesis, conducting an experiment, analyzing data, and writing up manuscripts. But over the years, I have realized that many lessons from research can actually change your life for the better....
Let Your Life Speak

Let Your Life Speak

This blog post is Part 11 in a 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) In this blog post, I will walk you through an exercise that can help you discover your “how”: let your...
What Do You Do With Your Extra?

What Do You Do With Your Extra?

I was listening to a sermon about poverty by Paul Rasmussen, and he shared something that made a big impact on me. The focus of the talk was on our “extra.” He wanted each of us to ask ourselves a very important question: What do you do with your extra? Some of us...
What Would You Do If No One Was Watching?

What Would You Do If No One Was Watching?

So many people dislike their jobs. I was talking with a friend the other day who was in this situation. He didn’t like what he was doing, but he was established at his company, and he made decent money. It was difficult for him to think about making a shift. So many...
Stuff = Stress

Stuff = Stress

The more stuff we have, the more stress we experience. Sometimes we believe the opposite is true. We see a new gadget, piece of furniture, or pair of shoes, and we just have to have it. We feel like it will definitely improve our lives in a tangible way. Maybe the...
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