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Guest Post by Sue C. Smith: 6 Ways to Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others (Vita. Consilio. 05.28.17)

We are wired to compare. We compare every day. Will this pair of shoes match my outfit today or go with my outfit tomorrow? Which is the better phone? Will I get to work faster if I take the car or the train? Which restaurant offers the best tasting steak? All these questions involve comparison. Read more…


12 Things We Tell Ourselves That Are Completely False (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 343)


“We all talk to ourselves. A major key to success exists in what we say to ourselves, which helps to shape our attitude and mindset.”
— Darren Johnson

The biggest obstacles in our lives are the ones we create. Our thoughts and our internal voices are powerful. More powerful than we realize. It directs our behavior, our attitudes, our intentions, and even our interactions. Ultimately, it determines whether we regress or make progress, go up or come crashing down, fail or succeed.

At every point in life, it is much easier to give in to lies, false realities, fantasy thoughts, delusions, illusions and magical thinking. The truth is, we don’t have to really do anything for these types of thoughts to creep in. And if we leave the doorway of our lives unguarded and unchecked, false ideas will pour in, wreak havoc in our minds and keep us back from obtaining the life we always wanted. Read more…

3 More Ways to Stop Disappointing Yourself with People (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 312)


“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
— Bruce Lee

Some of the biggest moments of anxiety and distress come from putting our hope in people. For example, you can expect someone to do something for you and then when they don’t do it for whatever reason, you get disappointed. Consistently being disappointed leads to major trust issues which then leads to anger that perpetuates itself into bitterness and resentment. Read more…

Flawed and Fruitful (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 299)


1 Corinthians 13:10 (NLT)
But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

As humans, we long for that which is perfect. We strive for the perfect job, the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect family, the perfect image. All of this is mostly an attempt to avoid facing our identity which means coming face to face with our flaws and owning them. What it really means is that we’re longing and searching for heaven to be our home. Read more…

Make Every Effort Your Best (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 291)


2 Peter 1:5 (NLT)
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,

When it comes to neurosurgeons and heart doctors, we want the best. When it comes to marriage counselors and school mentors for our children, we want the best. When it comes to financial advisors and home constructors, we want the best too. When it comes even to churches, neighborhoods, schools, and jobs, we want the best. We look for the best in every situation and opportunity. Read more…

Aim to Improve (Live. Pray. Hustle. 10/02/16)

Aim to Improve (Live. Pray. Hustle. 10/02/16) (Right-click to download)

Aim to Improve (Live. Pray. Hustle. 10/02/16)
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Everything can be improved; nothing can be made perfect.


6 Ways We Fail at Progress (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 269)


“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
— Buckminster Fuller

Everyone moves; very few make progress. Progress is not achieved by happenstance or osmosis or luck. It takes intentional, willful, purposeful work on your own mind and heart and soul every single day. Most people give up because the journey to achieving the progress they want looks so far away. All progress, however, is based on a deeply innate and universal desire to be and live beyond our comfort zones. If we channel it so, every mistake and every success is progress. Read more…

6 Things to Seriously Stop Expecting from Yourself (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 244)

6 Things to Seriously Stop Expecting from Yourself

“Expectation feeds frustration. It is an unhealthy attachment to people, things, and outcomes we wish we could control, but don’t.”
— Steve Maraboli

We all hold to the belief that we must achieve something great in life. We should. Life would be worthless if we sat around doing nothing at all to make a difference in the place we have been blessed to occupy. But sometimes in our attempt to achieve, we place too many expectations on ourselves and fail in our pursuit. We allow our expectations to set us up for disappointment. Most of these expectations are self-imposed thus leaving us with the choice to carry them as weights or release ourselves from their chains. Imagination can be a dangerous thing. When we stop imagining ourselves to be who we are not, we make room to learn, grow, and achieve. Read more…

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