Do you feel that you are living in a way that aligns with your core values? Do you long be a person of strong character who upholds virtue? Throughout life, each of us will face challenges and setbacks that test our strength and these moments can be real opportunities for growth. Being a person of strong character means living by your fundamental values, even in times of trial. Learning what this means can take a lifetime, but our counselors are here to help.
Developing Purpose, Passion and Character
Part of developing a strong character means identifying your values and passions so that you can live with a sense of purpose and meaning. Living with a purpose means having a clear sense of your goals, passions, and desires as well as your strengths and weaknesses. A Christian counselor can help you discern these things by asking probing questions that will help you understand what is most important to you.
Part of personal development involves understanding that we all have a responsibility to care for others in our communities. By learning to tend to other people’s needs, we not only improve our own lives, but we also discover what it means to relate well with others. In other words, developing a generous and compassionate character will have a dramatic and positive impact on your relationships.
Growing in Happiness and Holiness
Our counselors are eager to help you in your journey toward being a person of strong and gracious character full of joy. In Christian counseling, a qualified professional psychotherapist can help you to assess your values, identify areas where growth is desired, and take practical steps toward your personal development. Don’t hold yourself back from being the person you want to be—get in touch today, and set yourself on the path toward becoming your best self!
At Seattle Christian Counseling, we believe that anyone can be a leader and that realizing your leadership potential begins with knowing who you are and what motivates you. Leadership experts agree that character development is an essential aspect of becoming a great leader. People who live according to their values and passions make great leaders because they live with clarity and integrity. They know what they are capable of and they pursue their goals with honesty and transparency.
By Spencer Fox,
Posted May 23rd, 2018
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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:9-10
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.– Ephesians 4:32
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. – Matthew 18:21-22
When I have worked with individuals and with families, forgiveness has often arisen as a stumbling block in the path of progress. It’s a simple concept, to forgive, but often so hard to truly do.
In marriages, the inability to forgive can begin to eat away at the foundation of the relationship to a greater extent than the act that needs forgiving, itself. For individuals, holding onto anger and bitterness towards others can dampen moods. Holding onto anger directed inward, even more so.
The inability to forgive acts like an anchor, keeping us from growing and living a more fulfilling life. To lift that anchor requires a muscle and one that needs to be strengthened. This muscle is forgiveness, and for most starting out forgiveness is not easy to do.
Often that first act of forgiveness is the hardest, but
By Patricia Lyon,
Posted May 9th, 2018
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Many successful and joyful people have worked with dedication and responsibility on their life’s work, only to find that along the way somewhere, they have lost their love of life.
The opposite of play is not work – the opposite of play is depression. Over the long haul, when these spice-of-life elements of play are missing, what is left is a dulled soul.
Play and work are mutually supportive. Neither one can survive without the other. We need newness of play, its sense of flow, and being in the moment. We need the sense of discovery and liveliness that it provides. We also need the purpose of work, the economic stability it offers, the sense that we are doing service for others, that we are needed and integrated into our world.
And most of us need also to feel competent. Even people who are independently wealthy and never need to work a day in their lives find that they need to volunteer or donate to good causes to feel that sense of connection and purpose.
The quality that work and play have in common is creativity. In both we are building our world and creating new relationships, neural connections, and objects. Respecting our biologically programmed need for play can transform work. Play is nature’s greatest tool for creating new neural networks and for reconciling cognitive difficulties.
Effective Coaching Techniques to Overcome Burnout and Enjoy your Work Again
By Carly Palady,
Posted May 7th, 2018
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Most people I work with who are feeling “burnt-out” describe feeling like being a gerbil on a hamster wheel. Some describe it as that panicked feeling, a fluttering, or a “wash of overwhelm” that is difficult to manage, and has started affecting their everyday way of living.
For confidentiality, we’ll describe the following client as ‘Nancy.’ Nancy is a healthcare provider who came to me for burnout coaching and anxiety counseling during a crisis.
She was balancing over 70 hours a week in an emergency room, and had arrived at a point where she had driven her car to a cliff and contemplated continuing off of it.
She felt drained, rarely replenished, suffered from extensive ‘mom-guilt’ for not being able to see her kids and family anymore, and was no longer keeping up with the demands of work. On top of it all, her entire work was focused on helping people in trauma.
She was exhausted.
Her first instinct was to blame herself, and maybe you’ve been here: “I should find a way to make it all work. There’s really no time to take time off right now because nobody is available to cover. My kids are angry, and my husband and I don’t talk much anymore.”
The reality is, according to Gallup.com (2017), people in the United States work longer hours and take less time off than most everywhere else in the world.