Thursday, October 24, 2013

Marathons & Mental Illness

I recently heard a talk in Church about a runner's experience training for, and then running, a marathon.

The runner's name is Justin Kroff of Spring, Texas. He began by describing the difficult training regimen to prepare for his big day, including 20 mile runs beginning at 3:30 a.m. He also described the loneliness and isolation of those solitary runs. Indeed, training for a marathon was often a LONELY experience.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Self-Action Research & Existential Growth

In my last post, I explained that Self-Action Leadership differs from just plain self-leadership in that Self-Action Leadership must contribute to the long-term well being of self and others.

In making this contrast, I described how evil people like Adolf Hitler could be described as effective self-leaders in the short run.  These people could never be described as effective Self-Action Leaders because their actions are destructive in the long run.

According to my dissertation, Self-Action Leadership is:


The strategic, lifelong practice of Self-Action Research aimed at maximizing one’s Self-Leadership Efficacy for the purpose of contributing to the long-term well being of self and others (JJensen Dissertation, Vol. 1).  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

So What is Self-Action Leadership?

What, exactly, is Self-Action Leadership, and how does it differ from just plain self-leadership?

According to scholars Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., and Jeffery D. Houghton, Ph.D., self-leadership is defined as:
“A process through which individuals control their own behavior, influencing and leading themselves through the use of specific sets of behavioral and cognitive strategies.” (Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2006, p. 270-295). 
Self-Action Leadership, on the other hand, is:
"The strategic, lifelong practice of Self-Action Research aimed at maximizing one’s Self-Leadership Efficacy for the purpose of contributing to the long-term well being of self and others" (JJensen Dissertation, Vol. 1).  

Friday, October 11, 2013

OCD's Brother: Depression


In my last post, I talked about having Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Today, I address a common sibling, or close cousin, of OCD: depression. 

For me, depression commonly accompanies my OCD symptoms, and in some cases, even overshadows them.    

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

OCD: Not Just a Quirky Personality Trait

I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, more commonly known as just OCD.

OCD is not just a quirky personality trait or a penchant for perfectionism.  It is a diagnosable mental disorder.

OCD afflicts 2% of the population with its insidious symptoms, which include abhorrent obtrusive thoughts and their accompanying compulsions.  For example, someone with OCD might suffer from an obtrusive thought that if they

Welcome to Freedom Focused


Welcome to the inaugural blog post for Freedom Focused. My name is Dr. Jordan Jensen. I am the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Freedom Focused. 

Since 2005, our mission has been to expand the personal and professional freedoms of individual’s everywhere by providing the Self-Action Leadership education required to solve deep, personal, relational, and professional problems.

LIFE Lessons in HUMILITY, Part 2

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