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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...
Jocko Willink and the Philosophy of Good

Jocko Willink and the Philosophy of Good

Jocko Willink is a podcaster, author, and retired United States Navy SEAL. He’s hardcore—if you follow him on Twitter, you will notice he always posts a picture of his watch at about 4:30 in the morning. It’s as if he’s challenging you to match his level of discipline...
Ski for the Spaces

Ski for the Spaces

A competitive skier was doing an interview about how he navigated skiing through the trees. Skiing through the trees can be very dangerous. In fact, one of the most common ways that people die when skiing is by hitting a tree. But this guy actually skies into the...
Why You Need Both a Sledgehammer and a Shock Absorber

Why You Need Both a Sledgehammer and a Shock Absorber

I was talking with my counselor the other day, and he made the following comment: “You try to tackle all your problems with a sledgehammer. That’s a good tool to have, but sometimes you also need a shock absorber in your toolbox.” Fix the Problem Here’s what he meant:...
Life is Negotiation: Drop the Fear

Life is Negotiation: Drop the Fear

Sometimes in my life, I shy away from negotiation. It makes me feel uncomfortable. I don’t like to make the other person feel bad. Sometimes I don’t even know what I want or what my position is. Here’s the problem: When I shy away from negotiation, I don’t get my...
Take Care of Your Own Business First

Take Care of Your Own Business First

Sometimes in life, we’re so focused on what other people are doing that we forget to take care of our own business. This happened to me the other day. One of my hobbies is fantasy football. Although I love it, I’m not the best at it. This season has been particularly...
Look for the Simple Solution First

Look for the Simple Solution First

When we are struggling with a problem, sometimes the simple solution is the best one. Unfortunately, we can get so caught up in our problems or issues that we miss the simple solution. Struggling to Fall Asleep This happened to me a while back. I was struggling to...
Healing Might Come From an Unexpected Place

Healing Might Come From an Unexpected Place

Sometimes healing can come from an unexpected place. Jesus and the Pool of Bethesda There is an interesting story in the Gospel of John (Ch 5) in which Jesus heals a disabled man. In Jerusalem, there was a pool called Bethesda. This pool was thought to have...
Why Problems are a Good Thing

Why Problems are a Good Thing

Most of the time, we think of problems in our lives as a bad thing. We want to remove or get rid of our problems. I think this is a natural tendency—problems can cause pain, stress, and anxiety. These can be unpleasant emotions, and it’s natural to want to get rid of...
Pay Your Taxes

Pay Your Taxes

Recently, I paid my taxes for the year. Like most people, I can get grumpy about paying taxes. It feels bad to have a big chunk of my paycheck disappear each month. But as much as I might dislike paying my taxes, it’s a part of life. Because I choose to live in this...