31 episodes

Wisdom is the most important skill in life. Yet do you really know how to grow in wisdom? Get brief, weekly reflections Josh Kalsbeek, LMFT. A psychotherapist and the CEO of www.greatoakscollective.com, Josh will help you learn how to live wisely. Learn more about Josh at www.joshkalsbeek.com or www.wisecraft.org.

Words of Wisdom Josh Kalsbeek, LMFT

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Wisdom is the most important skill in life. Yet do you really know how to grow in wisdom? Get brief, weekly reflections Josh Kalsbeek, LMFT. A psychotherapist and the CEO of www.greatoakscollective.com, Josh will help you learn how to live wisely. Learn more about Josh at www.joshkalsbeek.com or www.wisecraft.org.

    WoW 121: On valuing the quality of your life

    WoW 121: On valuing the quality of your life

    Show notes
    In today's episode Josh emphasizes that the worth of an individual cannot be influenced by any actions; it is irrefutably fixed in the heart of God, and no darkness of sin can erase his grace. The primary focus should be on one's own characters, such as faith, honesty, purity, love, courage, and knowledge. Our worth is fixed, the quality of our life, is not. The quality of our life and impact is determined through such virtues. Josh also discusses how righteousness and surrender to God's love leads to spiritual growth. He concludes by suggesting the importance of self-evaluation and investing in personal growth and virtue in one's life.
    00:03 Introduction: Words of Wisdom
    00:09 Understanding God's Unconditional Love
    00:49 Valuing the Quality of Your Life
    02:01 Inspirational Quotes
    02:58 Reflective Questions
    03:26 Closing Thoughts: Investing in Virtue
    About Josh Kalsbeek, LMFT
    • As a Psychoherapist I help people overcome their greatest struggles.
    •Founder and CEO of Great Oaks Collective, and it's flagship program Overcome, a 10-Week virtual Intensive Outpatient Program for Christian couples experiencing sexual betrayal and addiction. www.greatoakscollective.com. 
    • Sign up to receive my weekly email newsletter, Words of Wisdom. ​
    ---
    Links
    Ryder Carroll, ​The Bullet Journal Method​
    ---
    Support the podcast

    • 3 min
    WoW 120: On the speed of transformation [Words of Wisdom]

    WoW 120: On the speed of transformation [Words of Wisdom]

    Show notes
    In this episode Josh explores the concept of personal transformation, highlighting that it requires courageous action, prayer and faith. Josh emphasizes the importance of silence and stillness for personal growth, self-reflection and a deeper connection with God. He also references works from Elizabeth Elliot and Timothy Keller, focusing particularly on the teachings from Philippians chapter four. The philosophy of peace being not just the absence of fear but the feeling of protection and the presence of God himself is explained, challenging the typical approach to overcoming negative thoughts. These insights are presented with thought-provoking questions prompting self-reflection and journaling.
    00:00 Introduction
    00:00 The Speed of Transformation
    00:28 Growing in Hope
    00:51 The Power of Silence
    01:28 Inspirational Quotes
    02:02 Overcoming Anxiety and Fear
    03:30 Self-Reflection Questions
    03:56 Conclusion: Embracing God's Presence
    About Josh Kalsbeek, LMFT
    • As a Psychoherapist I help people overcome their greatest struggles.
    •Founder and CEO of Great Oaks Collective, and it's flagship program Overcome, a 10-Week virtual Intensive Outpatient Program for Christian couples experiencing sexual betrayal and addiction. www.greatoakscollective.com. 
    • Sign up to receive my weekly email newsletter, Words of Wisdom. ​
    ---
    Links
    seeking deep ​transformation​
    Surrender​ your heart to God
    Seek the most​ meaningful target​
    Take courageous ​action​
    take time for quiet ​reflection​
    sit in ​silence​
    ​victory​ ahead
    Elizabeth Elliot, ​Through Gates of Splendor​
    Timothy Keller, ​Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering​
    ---
    Support the podcast

    • 4 min
    WoW 119: On how to achieve victory

    WoW 119: On how to achieve victory

    Show notes
    In this episode, the path to victory over personal struggles is explored with a focus on surrendering control to God. Taking time each morning to reflect and surrender uncertainties and fears can lead to a more peaceful existence. It also emphasizes on waiting and resting, and suggests that true courage often involves patient waiting and listening. The episode ends with some introspective questions intended to guide personal reflection and prayers.
    00:00 Introduction to Achieving Victory
    00:18 Understanding Your Struggles
    00:38 The Power of Surrender
    01:04 The Role of Courage and Patience
    01:46 Inspirational Quotes and Verses
    02:55 Reflective Questions for Personal Growth
    03:14 Conclusion: The Path to Peace
    About Josh Kalsbeek, LMFT
    • As a Psychoherapist I help people overcome their greatest struggles.
    •Founder and CEO of Great Oaks Collective, and it's flagship program Overcome, a 10-Week virtual Intensive Outpatient Program for Christian couples experiencing sexual betrayal and addiction.  www.greatoakscollective.com. 
    • Sign up to receive my weekly email newsletter, Words of Wisdom. ​
    ---
    Links
    Marcel Proust, ​Remembrance of Things Past​
    ---
    Support the podcast

    • 3 min
    WoW 118: On fighting against selfishness [Words of Wisdom]

    WoW 118: On fighting against selfishness [Words of Wisdom]

    Show notes
    Words of Wisdom: Fighting Against Selfishness
    Today's episode looks at the stronghold of selfishness and reminds us that flourishing involves shifting from vice to virtue. A key path to identify and surrender your strongholds is through intentional reflection and prayer. Focusing on selfishness, Josh suggests a structured prayer to help introspect, acknowledge, and overcome selfishness. The episode ends with inspirational quotes from The Spiritual Exercises by Ignatius of Loyola and The Little Minister by J.M. Barrie, as well as thought-provoking questions to guide reflections and prayers throughout the week.
    00:00 Introduction to Fighting Against Selfishness
    00:21 Understanding Your Strongholds
    00:48 The Danger and Opportunity of Reflecting on Strongholds
    01:04 The Power of Intentional Reflection and Prayer
    01:29 Deep Dive into Selfishness
    02:37 Praying Through Selfishness
    04:01 Inspirational Quotes on Selfishness and Spiritual Growth
    05:03 Self-Reflection Questions
    05:24 Conclusion: Desire God Above All Else
    About Josh Kalsbeek, LMFT
    • As a Psychoherapist I help people overcome their greatest struggles.
    •Founder and CEO of Great Oaks Collective, and it's flagship program Overcome, a 10-Week virtual Intensive Outpatient Program for Christian couples experiencing sexual betrayal and addiction. www.greatoakscollective.com. 
    • Sign up to receive my weekly email newsletter, Words of Wisdom. ​
    ---
    Links
    ​the 5 core strongholds​
    Ignatius of Loyola, ​The Spiritual Exercises ​
    J.M. Barrie, ​The Little Minister​
    ---
    Support the podcast

    • 5 min
    WoW 117: On heart-based transformation

    WoW 117: On heart-based transformation

    Read the full transcript of the episode and see the illustrations here.
    Show notes
    This podcast talks about the importance of wisdom, goals, and identity in shaping one's life, referring to best-selling author James Clear's book, 'Atomic Habits'. It addresses the concepts of habits, focusing on identity-based habits. It critiques Clear's work, suggesting that it does not delve deep enough into moral, ethical, and spiritual aspects. The script emphasizes the significance of spiritual growth, loving God, and aligning one's heart with His will for holistic transformation. It guides the audience towards seeking fulfillment in God's presence, implying the limited satisfaction from merely focusing on one's self and desires. The audience is urged to focus on heart-based habits instead of solely behavior-based ones.
    00:00 Introduction to Heart-Based Transformation
    00:26 Exploring the Concept of Atomic Habits
    01:40 The Limitations of Atomic Habits
    02:54 The Importance of Heart-Based Habits
    03:49 The Power of Desire and Identity
    04:14 The Dangers of Ignoring the Heart
    05:19 The Role of Spiritual Dynamics in Behavior
    05:43 The Power of God in Overcoming Addiction
    06:49 The Importance of Seeking God
    07:21 Conclusion: The Best Use of Your Will
    About Josh Kalsbeek, LMFT
    • As a Psychoherapist I help people overcome their greatest struggles.
    •Founder and CEO of Great Oaks Collective, and it's flagship program Overcome, a 10-Week virtual Intensive Outpatient Program for Christian couples experiencing sexual betrayal and addiction. www.greatoakscollective.com. 
    • Sign up to receive my weekly email newsletter, Words of Wisdom. ​
    ---
    Links
    Read the full transcript of the episode and see the illustrations here.
    James Clear, ​Atomic Habits​
    ​Alcoholics Anonymous​
    Augustine of Hippo, ​Confessions​
    ---
    Support the podcast

    • 7 min
    WoW 116: On commitments and discipline

    WoW 116: On commitments and discipline

    Show notes
    Words of Wisdom 116: On Commitments and Discipline.
    The 116th episode of the Words of Wisdom series focuses on the role of commitments and discipline in personal development. It emphasizes that the quality of life is determined by the depth of one's commitments and discipline, with disciplineship and deep prayers being tools for sharpening oneself for their purpose. The episode highlights quotes from Aristotle and Steven Pressfield on virtue and professionalism, encouraging listeners to constantly strive towards desirable habits. It concludes with some introspection, asking listeners about their habits and areas they need to grow in, and how they can consistently practice improvement in these areas.
    00:00 Introduction to Commitments and Discipline
    00:06 The Power of Commitment and Discipline
    00:37 Inspirational Quotes on Virtue and Discipline
    01:36 The Role of Habits in Professionalism
    02:00 Self-Reflection Questions on Discipline and Growth
    02:26 Closing Thoughts on Goals and Daily Practices
    About Josh Kalsbeek, LMFT
    • As a Psychoherapist I help people overcome their greatest struggles.
    •Founder and CEO of Great Oaks Collective, and it's flagship program Overcome, a 10-Week virtual Intensive Outpatient Program for Christian couples experiencing sexual betrayal and addiction. www.greatoakscollective.com. 
    • Sign up to receive my weekly email newsletter, Words of Wisdom. ​
    ---
    Links
    Ryan Holiday, ​Discipline is Destiny​
    Steven Pressfield, ​Turning Pro​
    ---
    Support the podcast

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Top Podcasts In Health & Fitness

Scicomm Media
iHeartPodcasts
Peter Attia, MD
Ten Percent Happier
Ramsey Network
John R. Miles