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How To Solve Internal and External Problems

How To Solve Internal and External Problems

As human beings, we are designed to solve problems. Often our biggest breakthroughs in life and work come from being successful in solving our big problems. However, the flip side is also true. Our most painful experiences come from experiencing failure in solving our...
When Struggling, Shift From Negative to Realistic

When Struggling, Shift From Negative to Realistic

Nowadays, people are really focused on thinking positively. We’re encouraged to practice gratitude, be optimistic, and shift our negative thinking to positive thinking. We are told that if you just think positively, positive things will happen to you. Ignore the...
How To Be Less Anxious-Part 3: 5 Tips

How To Be Less Anxious-Part 3: 5 Tips

This post is Part 3 in a 3-part blog series on how to be less anxious. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Anxiety is About Fear  In the first two posts, I talked about two big ideas when thinking about anxiety. First, anxiety is about fear. Our...
Thoughts, Prayers, AND Gun Control

Thoughts, Prayers, AND Gun Control

Following the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, many people shared that their thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the shooting and their families. On one hand, I believe thoughts and prayers are important. I know that when I’m going through a difficult time, it...
Living Holistically: Your Boxes Are Connected

Living Holistically: Your Boxes Are Connected

Often we think about our lives as split up into parts. However, I think we are much more connected than we realize. I was speaking with a colleague the other day, and he described a model I thought was helpful. He described our lives as consisting of 4 boxes:...
Presence and the Power Pose

Presence and the Power Pose

I recently finished reading a great book called Presence by Amy Cuddy. (She also has an excellent TED talk that you can see here.) The main idea from the book is that we can change our bodies to influence our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, particularly as they...
5 Steps to Change Your Thoughts

5 Steps to Change Your Thoughts

This post is Part 2 in a 4-part blog series on changing our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. (If you missed the previous post, you can find Part 1 here.) Sometimes we feel bad because we hold on to problematic thoughts or beliefs. We aren’t completely rational, and...
You are Not Your Thoughts

You are Not Your Thoughts

Often we live as if our thoughts are our reality. We act like they are the same thing. In today’s blog post, I want to talk about how identifying too strongly with our thoughts can mess up our lives. Sometimes our thoughts can help us. If we are an athlete, for...
Choose Your Outlook

Choose Your Outlook

Texas is bad at dealing with snow and ice. We simply aren’t prepared for it. It doesn’t snow very often, so I think the attitude is that it isn’t worth investing in a bunch of snowplows and salt that might only be used once or twice a year. So when it snows,...
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