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4 Lessons From A Week Without My Cell Phone

4 Lessons From A Week Without My Cell Phone

When I was in Minnesota visiting family on my Christmas vacation, I walked into the hot tub with my cell phone in my pocket. I know, not the brightest move. I put the phone in a bag of rice for a couple of days, but I didn’t have any luck. My phone was dead....
The One Change That Will Double Your Productivity

The One Change That Will Double Your Productivity

We all want to be more productive and create more margin in our lives. When I chat with friends about how their lives are going, the #1 complaint is that they are too busy and don’t have enough time. Everyone struggles with this. We want to be great at our jobs, spend...
Gratitude and Scarcity

Gratitude and Scarcity

I think the scarcity mentality is poisonous to cultivating an attitude of gratitude. The scarcity mentality says there isn’t enough. It can be applied to almost anything in life. Maybe you are frustrated with your job, and believe you don’t make enough money. Or...
Mary, Martha, and the Thing that Matters Most

Mary, Martha, and the Thing that Matters Most

There’s a great story in the Gospel of Luke that can teach us an important lesson about how best to connect with each other and with God. Here’s what happened: As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her...
Flowers, Bowling, and the Golden Rule

Flowers, Bowling, and the Golden Rule

When I was little, I loved to watch the Simpsons. One of my favorite episodes focused on Marge’s birthday. Homer got her a present, but when she opened it, it was a bowling ball with the name ‘Homer’ etched into it. Homer bought a present for Marge, but he bought her...
Healing is a Process

Healing is a Process

The other day, I was attending counseling, and I felt frustrated that I wasn’t better yet. I was talking about a problem I was having, and it seemed like I had been struggling with similar issues forever. I was probably being a bit dramatic, but I was sick and tired...
6 Steps to Respond to Criticism

6 Steps to Respond to Criticism

Responding to criticism is difficult. The other day I received an email letting me know that a paper I had submitted was rejected. The editor and reviewers had a lot of feedback about all the problems and issues with the paper. At first, I was mad. I had spent a lot...
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