Self-Worth, Self-Esteem, and Self-Confidence

young boy

One of my favorite lessons I learned as an undergraduate student at BYU-Idaho was a lesson taught in my abnormal psychology class. My professor taught us the difference between self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence. He asserted that many of us may confuse the concepts or interchange them without really recognizing it. However, to best apply the […]

Meaning and Situational Depression

man feeling depressed with hands on head sitting down

In my clinical internship at the BYU-Idaho Counseling Center I had the unique opportunity to assist students struggling with a variety of different issues. Perhaps one of the number one epidemics facing undergraduate students is anxiety and depression. Students begin to learn very quickly that adjusting to life can be complicated as they learn to […]

The P.I.E.S.S. of Self-Care

image is pie with parts of self care listed

What is self care? Self care includes areas of physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and social. The best self care is to live life in a way that doesn’t leave you depleted.

“Let God Prevail” – How To Be A Tool In God’s Hands

downtown street where you have to "let god prevail"

I remember one of my earliest conversations with God when I was still a young man walking the streets of Detroit.  I remember I was studying principles that involved learning how to be a tool in the hands of God and wanting to be able to do miracles with the power of God.  I was […]

But My Situation is Different

Man thinking

Just like you, I am NOT a drug or alcohol addict.  So why does everyone else keep saying I am?!?!? How to tell if you have a drug or alcohol problem.

Pray and ask, “Father are you pleased?”

man praying with scriptures

“Father, are you pleased?” (I had the following ponders as I reviewed this week’s Come Follow Me  lesson) Have you ever worked on a project for a while, with a lot of heart, but felt like you didn’t get anything worthwhile done, and possibly feel like you went backwards? This is how I felt after […]

“Awake and Arise”

Sunrise

I have met and talked to many who have felt they have something important to do, but can’t quite figure out what it is, or how to go about doing it.

How to Win Level 2: Mood Battles

How to Win Level 2: Mood Battles

[Review Chemical Scale for background on the different levels if they are unfamiliar to you.] Level 2 Mood Battles are usually very subtle, especially for men because we are not usually accustomed to paying attention to our feelings/moods. We were built to be thinkers (Level 3) and doers (Level 5).  Satan knows this, so he […]

Negative Self-Talk: Seeds of Weeds

pulling the weeds of negative self-talk

I don’t believe in “negative self-talk!” It has actually turned into one of the central focuses of my work over the past 20 years.  Asking questions like, “When is it him, and when is it me?”