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Don’t Feel Too Much Pressure to Find God’s Will

Don’t Feel Too Much Pressure to Find God’s Will

I was talking with a student awhile back at a conference, and she was feeling some anxiety about her future and what she should do with her life. She was just getting started in a counseling graduate program, and although she was excited, she wasn’t sure what kind of...
Sometimes Jesus Calms Us Before He Calms the Storm

Sometimes Jesus Calms Us Before He Calms the Storm

There’s this interesting story in the Bible where Jesus calms a storm. Here’s what happened: Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to...
5 Steps to Stress-Free Productivity

5 Steps to Stress-Free Productivity

Many of us would like to be effective and efficient in our work and personal lives. It would be great if we could handle our business successfully with minimal stress and worry. Unfortunately, for most of us, this isn’t our experience. We never seem to have enough...
Move Your Timewaster to Another Room

Move Your Timewaster to Another Room

When I think about “productivity killers,” the most common culprit is the timewaster. A timewaster is an activity you do that takes up a lot of time, but it doesn’t directly contribute to your most important goals. For many people, timewasters include things like...
Write Everything Down

Write Everything Down

Today I want to talk to you about a simple intervention that can decrease stress and anxiety, and improve productivity in your life: Write everything down. Anxious At Night I remember one time I woke up in the middle of the night feeling anxious. There were a couple...
Why You Should Seek Out Problems

Why You Should Seek Out Problems

Most of us try to avoid or escape from our problems. I’m guilty of this as much as anyone. In my relationship with my wife, for example, I don’t like it when we’re having an argument. I want to keep the peace. In my work, I get frustrated when I’m facing a difficult...
How to View Stress as an Opportunity for Growth

How to View Stress as an Opportunity for Growth

The other day, I was feeling stressed. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep, because I was thinking about all the things I had to get done. The main focus of my stress was work and money. I had an upcoming grant deadline looming, and I...
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,...
It’s Not That Serious

It’s Not That Serious

One of my friends has a mantra he uses when life starts to get tense or stressful: It’s not that serious. We were chatting the other day, and the mantra came up. He and his fiancé are in the midst of planning their wedding. I got married a few years ago, so I know it...
The Problem with Anticipating Pain

The Problem with Anticipating Pain

I’ve been getting in a bad habit of anticipating pain. Here’s what I mean: Let’s say I’m entering a situation that is uncertain, or has the possibility for pain. I’m focusing on the possibility of pain at some point in the future, and it’s making me feel crappy in the...
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