Listen to Article Loneliness and social isolation are becoming a behavioral epidemic, resulting in increased depression, anxiety, and suicide rates. I’ve experienced loneliness at times and know how brutal it can be. I’ve also witnessed first-hand how emotionally and mentally destructive it can be to my family, friends, and peers. We need connection, we need community, we need each other. Today, it’s challenging to have a great social life. This was true even before Covid-19 became an issue. In the not-so-distant past, it used to be so boring to stay at home during the evenings and the weekends that people always...> Read More
Listen to Audio Version We can often trace the most significant challenges in our life to just a couple of wrong decisions. Effective decisions require clear thinking and accurate perceptions of the situation and how the world works. It’s easy to allow mental errors to lead to making the wrong choice. It’s not always easy to make a wise decision, but there are things we can do to increase our odds. Consider these mental errors that can degrade your ability to make a wise decision: Failing to consider the long-term implications. Short-term thinking can lead to long-term challenges. Many of us...> Read More
You’re probably reading this because you’re experiencing some level of anxiety and are looking for a solution. Before you read on, take a quick self-assessment and determine your level of anxiety. . . *** Anxiety Self-Assessment Scale INSTRUCTIONS: This scale is designed for your personal use. There are no right or wrong answers. Usually, your first response is the best. For each item decide if it: NEVER applies to you (mark 0) SOMETIMES applies to you (mark 1) HALF THE TIME applies to you (mark 2) FREQUENTLY applies to you (mark 3) ALWAYS applies to you (mark 4) Make sure you base your answers...> Read More
Excerpt from The Discipled Leader: Develop Christlike Character, Influence Your Culture, Change Your World by Preston B. Poore “His Care is Sufficient” As a leader, keep calm in the storm Due to the immense burdens placed on leaders like you, you can be filled with worry, anxiety, and stress. Sometimes, we leaders allow circumstances to drain our joy and peace. Then the domino effect begins: worry leads to anxiety, and anxiety leads to stress. Worry occurs when your mind is consumed by nagging thoughts, self-doubt, uncertainties, fear of the unknown, or a potential threat. That leads to anxiety, your behavioral...> Read More
Panicked by the rapid footsteps closing in behind me, I began sprinting as fast as I could. My heart was racing, my chest became tight and I struggled to breathe. I was being chased by a pack of wolves. For some reason, the alpha male-targeted me and I was the pack’s prey. Maybe they sensed weakness or vulnerability. The wolf pack chased me for a long period of time and I could sense they were about to catch me. I dripped with sweat, fearful of what was about to happen. Exhausted from the chase, I slowed and was attacked...> Read More
My team and I were invited to a strategic business partner’s corporate headquarters to think about what’s possible and innovate. I viewed the trip as an excellent opportunity to retreat, bond as a team and shape our future. I approached my manager, Kevin, about the opportunity. He hesitated and then said, “Most trips like these end up being boondoggles. Do you think you’re going to accomplish anything?” “Yes, I do. I’m confident that we’ll come back with fresh ideas and take our business to the next level”, I replied. Kevin said, “I have my doubts. I tell you what, put...> Read More
The phone rang. I stared at it with anxious anticipation. The call I’d been waiting for would reveal my future with the company. I’d been through a series of evaluations and interviews to keep my current job. As my heart began racing and sweat beads formed on my brow, I answered the phone. “Hello, this is Preston.” “Hi. This is Ted. I’m calling to let you know…” If you’ve ever worked in a corporate environment, you may have received a similar call. And, you’ve experienced the effects of organizational change – uncertainty, layoffs, or downgraded compensation. I’ve been through 10...> Read More
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