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Planting Your Spiritual Garden

When you plant this garden, may God richly bless you in your sincere endeavor. Read more »

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Purpose, Passion, Persistence Pull-ups

To help you put some fuel (i.e., persistence) behind your passion, I want you to answer the following questions (without bias, judgment, or concern about what others might think, or how you might feel later). Just focus. Read more »

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Finding Your Purpose

Your purpose is not something you create, it was already created for you. I call this the “promise.” Our job is to uncover our unique talents, skills, and abilities (i.e., our gifts) and use them to serve others for the purpose of our creator. Therefore, our purpose is the same, the only difference is the vehicle in which we choose to pursue it.

Listed below are some strategies that will help you uncover your uniqueness. How you choose to use those gifts to serve others will be entirely up to you. Read more »

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Trying to Stay Positive

A RealWorld Student writes:

I HAVE THIS TEST TO TAKE IN ABOUT 51 DAYS, I HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS EXAM FOR ABOUT 9 MONTHS AND I HAVE TO ACE IT , SOMETIMES I HAVE SELF DOUBTS ABOUT MY CAPABILITIES WHICH I ALWAYS TRY TO SAY MYSELF THAT IT IS BY BEING SUCCESSFULL IN THE PRESENT THAT YOU CAN EXPECT A POSITIVE FUTURE. I JUST WANTED TO KNOW HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO BE POSITIVELY MOTIVATED AND ACTIVE IN MOST OF MY PREPARATION.

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Handling Uncertainty (Worrying)

Seven Reasons Not to Worry

Worry, if not controlled, can become one of the biggest emotional drains in our lives. As a college student, the worry list is endless: poor grades, high tuition (or mal-tuition), next meal, an uncertain future, poor relationships, and the list goes on and on. I’m getting depressed just thinking about it.

However, in study conducted on human behavior, statistics revealed that of all of the things we worry about, only 7% of our worries are actually worth worrying about; the study revealed that 93% of our worries either won’t happen or is totally out of our control to do anything about anyway. Then why do we spend so much time doing worrying? Because like most bad habits that we possess, we’ve been conditioned to do it.
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The Dirty Dozen Exercise

I used this exercise on a class I taught about five years ago to get my students to look at themselves from a different perspective. I call it the “Dirty Dozen” because it keeps us from hiding our dirty laundry. That’s why I phrased these questions in the first person…to get you to internalize them.

Ask yourself these questions out loud (in private of course) and answer every one of them:
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