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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...
Don’t Lose Your Why

Don’t Lose Your Why

In life, it’s essential to understand your “why.” Your why has to do with meaning and motivation. Why are you here? What is your purpose? When we lose our why, we lose everything. The Walking Dead My wife and I are watching The Walking Dead. (For those of you who...
As They Went, They Were Healed

As They Went, They Were Healed

There’s a famous story in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus heals ten people with leprosy. To give a bit of background, leprosy was a progressive skin condition that was extremely debilitating. Also, people who had leprosy were excluded from community life, and forced to...
If You Feel Guilty, Make a Halftime Adjustment

If You Feel Guilty, Make a Halftime Adjustment

The other day, I was feeling guilty for a mistake I made. It wasn’t a huge deal, but I tend to feel guilty whenever I do something that isn’t in line with my expectations for myself. Maybe you can relate. Guilt Isn’t Bad Guilt in and of itself isn’t bad. All emotions...
4 Questions to Help You Live a Great Story

4 Questions to Help You Live a Great Story

Part of my job as a professor is to review manuscripts for academic journals. A journal editor sends me an article in my area of expertise, and it’s my job to give an opinion about whether or not the journal should publish the paper. I recently finished reviewing a...
Think Workability, Not Ideology

Think Workability, Not Ideology

A lot of times in life, we are worried about doing the right thing. We have clear views about what is right and what is wrong. We get triggered and angry when someone else has a different moral position. We lose sleep and get stressed out because another person...
Should We Interpret the Bible Like the Constitution?

Should We Interpret the Bible Like the Constitution?

I finished reading a book awhile back about what the Bible has to say about human sexuality. It was an interesting read. One of the author’s main points was that it is problematic to pick and choose various Bible verses to support one’s particular position on...
How to Wait Well: 4 Suggestions

How to Wait Well: 4 Suggestions

It’s hard to wait well. I was reminded of this the other day. My wife and I went to a restaurant, and there was going to be a long wait before we could get a table. When the hostess told us about the wait, I groaned. “I hate waiting,” I said to my wife. It was hard to...
Banish “Just in Case” From Your Vocabulary

Banish “Just in Case” From Your Vocabulary

I’ve been getting more into Minimalism lately, and it has helped me in a lot of ways. I’ve been able to simplify my life, save money, give stuff away, and clear out more time and space for activities that are in line with my core values (e.g., health, relationships,...
5 Keys to Effectiveness in Work and Life

5 Keys to Effectiveness in Work and Life

The other day, I had an interesting conversation with one of my graduate students. The semester was getting really busy, and he was having some trouble balancing his commitments and maintaining progress on his research. He asked me if I had any recommendations for how...