To truly be the master of our own lives we must first learn to master ourselves. The power of self-control as an ally in the quest for peace is essential for understanding truth. It provides discipline and limits the self-destructive thoughts and behaviors. It is easier to surrender to the bondage of blame, not only blaming others but our situations through which we find justification for lack of self-control.

Self-mastery or control of thought is first; second the disciplining of emotions, and finally choosing how we act. To many times through the years I have sat and listened to lost and hurting souls express how a lack of self-mastery has cost them dearly, I as well have felt that pain. The power of self-control is what sets us apart from being lost and subject to the worlds definition of which we will never measure up, and the true freedom of accountability.

Self-mastery and control of thought is an imperative piece of the puzzle when living life in integrity toward oneself, toward others, and toward the world as a whole.

With more than 20 years experience in the mental health and addiction industry, Dean is the co-creator of the Value Based Parenting System, which is endorsed by Stephen Covey.  Dean is a co-owner of TurningLeaf Wellness Center, an Outpatient Mental Health and Substance abuse facility in southern Utah. TurningLeaf is also partnered in with a company called Choice, a Teen “In Home” solution for adolescents and their families who are struggling.  Guiding his clients in a safe, non-judgmental environment, he helps create balance, provides personal development, and serves as a catalyst for success, growth and healing. He values helping people connect with their true self, giving individuals the tools they need in order to move forward toward peace and happiness.


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