Author: Chris Coates

Breaking The Chains 0

The Shackles of Grudge-holding

Grudges are very intriguing to me, they really are. I think I find them fascinating because they are truly contradictory and counterproductive in terms of what is trying to be achieved by the grudge-holder. People who hold grudges generally believe they are taking control over someone else’s life in some...

Mount Timpanogos 0

Finish What You Start

My father passed away on August 27, 2016. I still think about him frequently, as I’m sure most children do after they lose a parent. Some days I’ll be doing just fine, and then I’ll see something or hear something that reminds me of him and the tears will begin...

Plan Ahead Road Sign 0

The Perils of Procrastination

My mother has always played a prominent role in my life. She always been there for me, both through the brightest of times and even more so through the darkest of times. Her love and support have been gifts in my life that I can only hope other sons and...

Distractions & Chaos 1

Being Present (The Phone Down Challenge)

I get home from work. I’m having a conversation with my wife. She’s been around whiny kids non-stop and hasn’t had a meaningful adult conversation all day. She wants to talk, and talk, and talk (okay, I’m exaggerating a bit, but sometimes any talking is a lot of talking for...

solutions to problems 0

Life is Dynamic, Adjust Accordingly

There was a short period of time (about 7 months) during my young adult life that was very stressful and challenging. It came while serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern California. I was learning new things at a rapid pace, and...

personal development 1

The Proactively Me Challenge

In my previous post titled Why This? Why Now? I introduced the Proactively Me blog as an experiential journey from self-assessment through self-improvement, ultimately leading to self-fulfillment. Allow me to now introduce the Proactively Me Challenge, and how that ongoing challenge fits into this self-improvement endeavor. If the Proactively Me...

why this why now 0

Why This? Why Now?

I’ve always been a bit of a closed book. Sure, I have a tendency to wear my emotions on my sleeve (more about body language in a later post), and that can speak volumes about what I’m thinking and what I’m feeling at any given moment. But when it comes...