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7 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

7 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

People come to counseling for a variety of reasons, but the one constant is that they usually want to change something in their lives. Something about their life is not how they want it to be, and they have an idea that it could be different somehow. If you think...
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....
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...
Life is a Game of Inches

Life is a Game of Inches

I’m a huge Chicago Bears fan. So, you can imagine my dismay when the Bears lost their playoff game against the Eagles when Cody Parkey’s field goal hit the goalpost—TWICE. If the kick was just a few inches to the right, it would have been good, and Parkey would have...
3 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

3 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

Psychologist Carol Dweck has found that some people have a growth mindset, whereas other people have a fixed mindset. Growth Mindset A growth mindset means you believe your personality, abilities, and skills are malleable. They can change over time. If you aren’t good...
How to Create a Work Snowball

How to Create a Work Snowball

If you are struggling to complete a task at work, it can be helpful to create a “Work Snowball.” The Debt Snowball I got this idea from reading a book about money management by Dave Ramsey. He talks about an idea called the “Debt Snowball.” The...
In the Race of Life, Be The Tortoise

In the Race of Life, Be The Tortoise

I recently re-read the tale of the tortoise and the hare, and it made a big impact on me. You probably know the story, but just in case you haven’t read it recently, let me recap it for you. The Story There are two main characters in the story: the tortoise and the...
Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

If you take a look at the self-help or psychology section at your local bookstore (or on Amazon), you will find a lot of books on self-care. As psychologists, we talk a lot about self-care with our clients and students. But what is self-care? And more importantly, how...
8 Steps to Apply the Apple a Day Principle to Your Life

8 Steps to Apply the Apple a Day Principle to Your Life

When you are trying to make a change in your life, the key is to engage in consistent effort for a long period of time. Most change efforts fail because people give up and quit too soon. It’s easy to go outside for a jog one time, or order a salad for dinner one time....