Overcoming the Pursuit of Approval

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been quietly submitting my previously written blog posts to publications on Medium. For those of you who don’t know, Medium is a social media platform for writers and creators to share their work and where readers can read all kinds of content.  A Medium Publication is a curated list of articles usually surrounding a specific topic.  These articles…
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How Do I Find My Purpose?

In the comments of the Embrace Your Purpose post, a reader shared questions about how to find your purpose and a fear of chasing the wrong purpose.  As I responded to her concerns, I couldn’t help but believe that there were many more people out there with similar questions.  So, I thought I’d share my response here on the blog, instead of leaving it as…
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Are You Willing

Change isn't all that common. I'm not saying you can't change.  You can.  But are you willing? The reason change isn't all that common is because change isn't always easy. Transformation takes hard work.  It demands that you show up on the days that you want to stay in bed.  Change requires you to speak when you want to be silent.  It calls for courage…
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Embrace Your Purpose

Sometimes, I have anxiety about falling short of my purpose. The irony of that is because I get anxious, I get stagnant.  I stop moving toward my goals because I'm too busy worrying about not reaching them. So, to overcome that fear, I try to tell myself the things I need to hear by writing myself notes or letters.  In these letters, I…
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Finding the Encouragement You Need

So many of us miss out on the joys of our dream life simply because we’re too anxious or worried about things beyond our control. Instead of spending our time finding motivation and disciplining ourselves to reach the dreams that we have, we waste time worrying about questions we have no way of answering. We ponder the “What if…” questions that spiral on…
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3 Easy Ways to Encourage Yourself

There’s an old popular story that many of us know and loved as children, The Little Engine that Could.  This children’s story is most famous for the simple mantra “I think I can… I think I can.” This saying likely taught you how to encourage yourself. Encouragement is the action of making yourself or someone else “more determined, confident, or hopeful.”  (Merriam-Webster) A bit of encouragement from others…
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When it Feels Impossible to Go On

“I don’t think I can do anymore, I can’t go any further.” Those were the words of my high school basketball teammate Roger after we had just finished running lines. If you’ve never played basketball, running lines is a conditioning drill where all the players on the team line up at one end of the basketball court and waits for the…
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Putting Optimism to the Test

In the our last post, we discussed how optimism is one of the best tools you can use to combat anxiety. Just the simple act of thinking positively can create an amazing snowball effect.  Even the tiniest positive thought increases confidence.  As confidence increases, anxiety decreases. But, I know that just telling you that optimism works, may not be enough to encourage…
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The Adversary of Anxiety: Optimism

Fighting anxiety is hard. If you've spent any time trapped in the throes of a panic attack or worry session, you know how much power anxiety can wield over you. But just like every supervillain faces a stronger superhero, anxiety has its adversary too. Optimism. Optimism is "a feeling or belief that good things will happen." (Merriam-Webster). When dealing with anxiety, we often…
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