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Upgrade Your Life: Achieve More in 2015 with this Mindset

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Upgrade Your Life: Achieve More in 2015 with this Mindset

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In preparing to write the blogs for this month, I looked back at the blog for January of 2014. As we are starting a New Year, dealing with the years goals is often appropriate and looking back on the goals from last year as well. So here is reporting time. Last year, there were goals set in the spiritual, mental, relational, physical and recreational side.
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 So here goes.

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 On the spiritual side, I focused on reading one book of the Bible at least once a month and from different versions as well as reading a commentary on that book. I can boast that I achieved my goal. The book I chose was the book of Matthew. I have read it multiple times and am finishing a commentary today by an author who lived in the 1800s. There are a variety of things that have jumped out at me regarding my faith and I have found this very rewarding. I hope to focus on one book again in 2015 and continue the study of the person of Jesus.
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On the mental side, my goal was to read one book a week. Success again. I have had the opportunity of going through some 55 books in a fairly broad range of topics and hopefully have learned and put into practice some of the things I have read. The goal for this year is the same. I am also taking courses to become certified as a Life and Academic Coach and should be finished mid year.
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On the relational side, I will admit falling down. I had a goal to observe the body language of those around me so as to be more sensitive to their needs. I didn’t do well on this one and am going to pursue it again this year.

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On the physical side, my goal was to maintain an exercise routine and lose a few pounds. Partial success. I have maintained the routine and added to it by riding my bike 2 hours each Saturday morning before the rest of my family gets up. I failed to lose the pounds. Goal is to maintain that routine.

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On the recreational side, I had hoped to become familiar with Bach. No go. Had good intentions but failed to follow through by reviewing the goal and setting up times to do it. Goal for 2015 on the recreation side is to go paragliding at least once and start to learn about this fantastic sport. (I have a secret desire to fly and this is as close as I think I will get to it!) So off we go.

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Action Time.

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What about your goals? If you are considering setting goals for the year, consider the areas I have mentioned. I would have you consider goals that are dependent solely on your activity. For example, if you are a student, consider setting goals for progressing in how you learn and not on the grades you earn. Grades are dependent on your efforts and the input of your teacher. You can control your efforts. Your grade may be dependent on a teacher’s opinion. That is something you can’t control. If you are in business, set your goals on activities and adjust the activities to meet the employers’ requirements and/or your personal career goals. If you are a parent, set goals for the activities you want to do and the lessons you desire to teach.

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The mindset is to do your part. Your personal identity or achievement shouldn’t be dependent on the results.   Write them down, carry them with you and review regularly. I would look forward to hearing some of the goals you set and working with you to be accountable toward reaching them.
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How to Negotiate With Colleges. Yes! It’s Possible.

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Get Colleges to Compete for You & Learn How to Handle Their Financial Negotiations

This is an exciting time of year for high school seniors.  Lots of once in a life time memories are happening.  For some student athletes, they will be participating in the last game of its kind.  The Senior Prom is on the books.  The process of applying to colleges has passed for most (or at least it should have!) and offers from various colleges either have been received or will be in the very near future.  On the college attendance issue, it is decision time… or is it?  One of the services we offer to students is helping them get to a point where colleges compete for the student and equipping the student to obtain additional funding where at all possible.  College is a business and the colleges that offer grants approach the distribution as a business.
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Now what do I mean by that?

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Well, sometimes the first offer that you get isn’t the best offer and there is room for negotiation.  One basis is that your family has had a change of circumstances financially and the information on the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) does not reflect the new ongoing position of the student or their family.  In this case, you have the ability to communicate to the college your new circumstances and appeal to the college for additional grant money.  Here a letter acknowledging the current offer, explaining the new circumstances and the students desire to attend that particular college with a reasonable basis for additional funds can often open the purse of the college for additional thousands of dollars.  All for the cost of a post stamp and a few hours constructing the letter.  Another option is using the offers from different colleges as leverage to the school of choice stating that the cost of their school is not competitive with these other offers and if a better offer is made that puts the school more in line with other offers and costs, the student will gladly sign on the dotted line.  Now the issue becomes how badly the college wants the student and how far they are willing to open their purse to attract the student.

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Action Time!

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If you have applied to at least 6 different colleges and the offers put them all in the same ball park, both financially or academically, it is now a matter of personal choice.  On the other hand, if the offers are significantly different, negotiations are in order.  As a student, consider communicating to the college of choice your desire to attend but you have other offers that are more financially appealing.  A letter with a copy of the other offers and a request for additional funds might reduce the amount you otherwise have to finance.  Give it a shot and see what happens.  The worst that can happen is they rescind the first offer, which if your letter is respectful, is unlikely.  What may happen is that the offer gets sweeter.  I would look forward to hearing about your offers and what happens when you bargain.
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Winter Olympic Figure Skaters

How Your Strengths Lead to Success and Olympic GOLD

Winter Olympic Figure Skaters

Olympic Gold Winners: Meryl Davis and Charlie White

How To Play On Your Strengths

Do What Comes Naturally

Through the course of the Olympics, many inspirational stories were told of how various athletes overcame hardships and issues to come and compete in the Winter Games. For me, one of many enjoyable events to watch was the Ice skating competitions, especially the two ice dancers, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.   All their performances and especially their final performance were filled with grace, beauty, skill and strength.  Viewing the videos of their performances as children for me was just as delightful and perhaps more so as the final event.  The hours of exercise, practice, competition and endurance came to a spectacular climax in the long routine and they came home with the ultimate athletic reward, the Olympic Gold.
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I would have you consider how one of their strengths was properly honed and used.  Both Meryl and Charlie have amazing physical strength.  One of the videos showed them working with weights and different exercises to strengthen their bodies. Alright, where am I going with this one?  I think you would agree with me that it was a better use of their resources for Charlie to lift Meryl then vice versa.  Might Meryl have been able to lift Charlie over her head and balance him there for a few moments? (Wouldn’t that have been a site?) Yea, maybe.  But why would you want to do that?  They combined their strengths in pursuit of a goal and achieved that goal in front of a world audience.
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Action Time!

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Our strengths are usually skills that are authentic to us personally and often when used or even considered, energize our thoughts and actions.  Take a few minutes and reconsider some recent events that you excelled in.  What are some of the skills that you used to accomplish those results?  How have you honed those skills over the years?  Do you get jazzed thinking about that particular type of effort and process?  If so, chances are that is one of your many strengths.  What have you done over time to build that strength?  What can you do to improve that building process?  Where else can you apply those strengths?  When you finished the event, did you have a feeling of accomplishment?  Isn’t that process and its end worth applying and pursuing?  Where can you use it next?  Take a few minutes to write some thoughts in your journal and take some steps to further hone and use your strengths.  I would enjoy hearing what you observe and what steps you are using to make use of your own personal strengths.
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