Manage Your Expectations

Manage Your Expectations

“Make a foul shot!” I yelled at the television screen as my favorite college basketball team clanked another free throw off the rim. My team was not meeting my expectations. “What’s hard about shooting 70% from the line?” as another shot hit the rim so hard I was convinced the backboard was going to break…

Don’t Let Self-Esteem Problems Steal Your Happiness

Don’t Let Self-Esteem Problems Steal Your Happiness

What do you think of when you hear the word, self-esteem? Are your thoughts negative or positive? Personally, I imagine someone looking into a mirror. Self-esteem reflects a person’s overall evaluation of his or her own worth. It includes beliefs as well as emotions such as pride, despair, and shame. The question I ask when discussing self-esteem is simply, how much do you value yourself…

It’s Not Me It’s You: Dealing with Difficult People

It’s Not Me It’s You: Dealing with Difficult People

At some point in our lives we have all had to deal with difficult people. That person who makes you want to scream, maybe say some not so nice words, or maybe go retreat into a cave for the rest of the day. You may have one in your workplace or in your family right now. We often feel like there is no good way to interact with this person because no matter what we try, we are left feeling frustrated…

Personal Responsibility: The Man in the Mirror

Personal Responsibility: The Man in the Mirror

One of the basic tenants of our society is that we take responsibility for our own lives. However, responsibility is one of the hardest things for a lot of people to master. Being responsible for our lives and decisions calls for each of us to be aware of our own faults and shortcomings. In other words, we have to emotionally look at ourselves in the mirror, so to speak, and point out the flaws that we see. This is often hard to do.