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Reality Check: Tension

In his book, Counseling with Choice Theory, Dr. Wm. Glasser describes his first meeting with a guy he calls Jerry. When Jerry walked into Glasser’s office for their first session, he avoided walking on the lines in the carpet. Then … Continue reading

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Reality Check: Doing the Hard Thing

“I don’t even know why I am doing this.” My friend, who we’ll call Julie for this little story, had hit a rough spot on her way toward a goal that’s important to her. Because I’m a loyal friend with … Continue reading

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Reality Check: The Gift of a Deadline

Many of us have had to work to deadlines, even if we don’t always think of them as deadlines. Whether it’s called a due date at school, a vacation date at work, or even a gathering of friends for a … Continue reading

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Reality Check: Play and Learn

In Choice Theory, Dr. Glasser connects learning with the human need for fun. He described fun as the reward that we get when we learn something. Think about the joy of figuring something out for the first time. It’s delightful … Continue reading

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Reality Check: Back to Basics

While browsing my bookshelf, I thought it time to reread one of the classics: Stephen Covey’s “First Things First.” If you’re looking for help to live a satisfying life, Covey’s books are a good place to start. You won’t find … Continue reading

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Reality Check: Relationships and the Bottom Line

When we talk about improving relationships, you might think it’s touchy-feely advice for personal relationships. However, we have business relationships, too. Is your workplace filled with good relationships? Or does it have its share of poor, dysfunctional relationships? Pretty much … Continue reading

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Reality Check: The Question of Gravity

How’s gravity working for you? Yes, gravity—that force that keeps us on the surface of the earth. Do you like it? Maybe life would be better if there was less gravity so we could gently float around. Or maybe gravity … Continue reading

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Reality Check: Your Power Source

A young woman I’ll call Yvette signed up for math class. The first day, Yvette informed me that she can’t do a specific, very basic type of problem. Over the years, others have tried to teach her but she just … Continue reading

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Reality Check: Tired and Cranky, Anyone?

By the time I’d finished reading an article promoting an approach to education that I don’t happen to agree with, I felt tired and a tad cranky. I was fine before I started reading. So, what happened? When it comes … Continue reading

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Reality Check: Happiness and Self-Responsibility

Self-responsibility. In some circles, it’s practically a dirty word. It seems that a cold and frightening picture comes to mind for some folks when they hear that there’s a move afoot to promote self-reliance as a useful skill. It’s as … Continue reading

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