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Train Yourself to Override Negative Thoughts with One Brain Exercise

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Train Yourself to Override Negative Thoughts with One Brain Exercise

There is a section of psychology that focuses on rewards. Most of us are familiar with the process that a psychologist used to train dogs. Pavlov used a treat to reward a dog for accomplishing a task. In the process of giving the dog the treat, he would add some audible command. Eventually the dog would mentally transfer the reward with the command. The end result is the dog responded to the command without the reward. The poor dog would get to the point of drooling at the command yet never get the treat.
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We do the same thing. We quickly mentally associate something with some physical event. As an example, when you throw up after eating some food, next time you see that food, you mentally revert back to the bad experience and refuse the food. It may have been your favorite and the event had nothing to do with the food but you turn it down.
Here’s the big deal. You can choose to eat the food anyway and continue to enjoy that tasty morsel. After a while, your brain will stop reminding you of the bad deal. You can choose to overwrite a distasteful event with something pleasurable. Or you can yield to what your brain is telling you and miss out on the benefits and mentally reinforce that wrong association.

Action time.

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You can use this deal to your benefit. Think of one of the most positive experiences you had. For me it is skydiving. Now, associate that with something important to you, some value you want to remember. Work hard to mentally associate these two things together. Next, take this association and connect it to some small physical action. An easy one is to pinch the skin between your thumb and index finger. Mentally keep working these three associations together. Some call this process setting an anchor or cue.
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After you have set this cue, think of something all together different; say the last two numbers of your phone number.  Now, quickly do the cue. See if the mental image doesn’t come back and override the distraction. This is a great process.
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Why bother? Well, next time you get into a stressful situation, use the cue to override the stress to get back to where you mentally want to be. Check it out! I would look forward to hearing your cue and how you use it. I would enjoy working with you to use cueing and other mental exercises to help you accelerate you being all you have been created to be.

 

 

 

 

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How to Know What Your Major Should be

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How to Know What Your Major Should Be: Creating a College Plan

A contest was held at a local county fair. The goal of the contest was to guess out the weight of a dressed out ox. A local statistician took the guesses and using simple math found the average of all the guesses provided by the contestants. It was within a few pounds of the actual weight of the ox, some 1800 pounds. No single guess came as close as the average of all the guesses. A similar finding was made when a submarine sank of the east coast. The location of the last radio signal provided the last known location. Time and effort to locate the sub went for naught. Again, a local statistician went to a variety of sources familiar with different aspects of ocean navigation, current strength, submarine fuel conception, etc, and asked them for their best guess. Processing their best guesses, he offered a location for the lost submarine. It was found some 200 yards from the place recommended by our local statistician. Again, this point was better than the closest estimate from any of the best of class professionals helping to find the lost vessel.
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Obtaining a variety of opinions from various sources and in some fashion blending them together can provide the potential for more reliable results and can lead to viable solutions. I would suggest that it can be a confidence builder when seeking out direction in many of life’s challenges.
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Action Time.
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One of the challenges of going to college is what career path should you go after. Here is what I believe offers a reasonable starting point and is a service we provide. First, you list all the efforts that you would do for free and get a buzz after doing them. Next, we have a sorting process that has the seeker sort out occupations based on most desirable to least desirable. Lastly, we obtain the results from a computer generated career profiling service and list the jobs that the client is most qualified for and is most interested it. There is usually some overlap between the three results. That’s the sweet spot of careers to consider. Next step is to job shadow professionals in those careers. That’s like going on a date! Some you want to see again and again. Others, well not so much.
After going through these steps, you can research what majors support the career and then seek colleges that best fit your career and personal aspirations. Reasonable starting point wouldn’t you say? With college and time being of great value, it makes sense to have a game plan. This is part of the college planning process we make available. I would look forward to hearing from you and helping further your career and college search.
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College Planning for Divorced Parents

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College Planning for Divorced Parents

Divorce is usually painful for all parties, and is often hard on kids. All types of issues surface and often take years to resolve. Unfortunately, college financing can be one of those issues and the rules can be somewhat gray.
There are a number of things to consider. Let me try to explain a few.
The first is the type of school the student is looking to attend. When dealing with financial aid, most schools require the student and the parents to file the Free Application for Student Aid, the famous FAFSA form. In a divorce situation, the rules require the FAFSA to be filed by the custodial parent. This in itself has its fine tuning points. Most would consider the custodial parent to be the one that claims the student on their tax returns. Well, not so fast. Word is that the custodial parent is the one who took care of the student for the majority of the immediate 12 months prior to the date of filing the FAFSA form. Got that?
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For the schools that only use the FAFSA, if the custodial parent has remarried and the new couple file a joint tax return and sometimes, even if they don’t file a joint return, if they live at the same address, irrespective of prior legal arrangements, the FAFSA looks at their combined income when considering financial aid. Now, that may not seem fair but unfortunately, thems’ appear to be the rules (I say “appear” as some schools can treat the situations differently!). For those whose ire is up on this one, you can appeal to the admitting college and sometimes can get an exception. You will need to make your case to the financial aid officer.   You will never find out unless you try.
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As we are on the part of the custodial parent, one can get creative here as there may be some serious bucks involved. If you are living in the same town and changing living arrangements doesn’t cause too many issues, the student can go to live with the parent whose income may be significantly less and therefore qualify for additional aid. The rule is what parent the student is living for the majority of the 12 preceding months based on the date the FAFSA is filed. So, to get this to apply, “the move” would have to take place when the student is a junior in high school. Ain’t all this stuff interesting?
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Action Time!

This topic has a lot of twists and turns so we will spend a week on some of the issues. Understand that individual circumstances can be very unique, so it becomes important to look carefully at the rules and use them accordingly. This blog can’t give specific advice because each person’s situation may be very unique. It also is important to know that each school can respond differently and ask for additional information (like the other biological parents income) even though it isn’t required on the form.  The point is this is a complex deal with varying circumstances and a certain amount of flexibility on the part of the admitting school. Also, if you have offers from different schools, you may be able to negotiate the offers due to your unique family circumstances. You may find a significant difference on the parts of the schools to make exceptions.  I would look forward to hearing your experiences or circumstances.
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Finding out what you were born to do: What are your strengths?

Finding out what You were Born to Do: What are Your Strengths?

I recently completed training on a platform that lines up a person’s strengths with potential careers. Well, to check the platforms outcomes I took the survey. Now before I give you the skinny, let me give you something to consider. Some of our personality traits are with us for life. Years ago as a high school teacher, I had a student with various leadership qualities. There were times when as an 8th grader, I felt she could have taken control of the class, had I let her. I recently had the opportunity to share an evening with her and some other students, and guess what? The characteristics she had then were apparent now.
Now, I just shared a story with you, didn’t I? In taking this survey, one of the character qualities that were identified was being a storyteller as well as a mentor. As I look back at my career as a teacher, it was a standard issue to get Mr. Rossitto to tell stories. If the students could get me off on that tangent, they might get through class without a new assignment or having to do some work. Things haven’t changed very much in that regard. Storytelling for me is a way to help myself and those I talk to, in order to relate to some direction we can both go together. I believe it to be an aid to the services I offer to my clients and makes the things I do a good fit. Going back to my school example, it also has weaknesses that can cause the strength to become a hindrance or obstacle for others and me.

Action Time.

What are your personality strengths? Take a few minutes to check out the site, www.livingmypurpose.com it will give you some background on the process and the output. It is a powerful tool to offer some baseline guidance in identifying your strengths and potential career paths that you may find fulfilling. With this understanding, you can develop a plan for seeking out college majors and then colleges that excel in those majors. I would look forward to spending time to help you work through the process.
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Purpose Drive College Preparation

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Purpose Drive College Preparation

 

In looking at systems in nature, I find things in nature live with a purpose. In looking at an ecosystem, each element has a function, perhaps many functions. They all live together to form the system. If you eliminate one of the elements, often the system continues. All the elements in the system will readjust to accommodate the change. If a major element is removed or dies, the system can potentially collapse and all the elements scatter to some other similar system or die themselves.
Now, that isn’t rocket science and I bet you were fully aware of it. Well, the reason for pointing that out is you and I have some set of unique purposes that are best suited for each of us in a manner similar to elements of a system. We and those around us function best when we are in our element. We are often frustrated or ineffective when working outside those purpose areas.
 Start with a Purpose
A starting point for students as they prepare to move toward college or a career is to first seek out the ways to determine their purpose, the things that they will naturally excel at. Once you figure this out, the next step is finding a career that you can best use your skill set in. Finally, you use college or a trade school to help hone the skills you need to be effective.
 Many adults have gone down a career path for which they aren’t well suited. For some, this path was at the insistence of a well meaning parent. For others, it was simply a lack of guidance or input from a wise counselor. There are some who by stroke of genius or luck, go down the right path and the results are amazing. I would like to help you be amazing.

Action Time! 

One of the services that I will be launching in the next few weeks is a platform that offers students and parents a means to help determine their strengths and skills. As part of our life coaching/ college prep platform, we will offer a series of tests that identify personal traits, behaviors and personality. We then work together to identify the careers and the colleges that can best meet their preparation goals and help parents structure their finances to make the process happen. I look forward to being able to showing you the ropes of this great platform and how it blends in with college preparation.

 

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How to find a Mentor or Internship

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College Prep: The Value of Getting a Mentor and Internship Before Heading to College

If you a freshman or sophomore, summer is quickly approaching. What are you going to do with it? Well, now is a great time to work on a person who could be a potential mentor and able to write you a quality letter of recommendation when you hit your senior year. So here is a thought. Many large cities have a local Business Journal. One of the sections in the Journals is a list of employers in different professions. Every so often they will publish a list of the largest to smallest employers of a certain profession. They will also publish a book of the Lists for a fee. Try to obtain the list of the profession that you are considering. Then check out some of the companies online and get the names of the officers. Write a letter to the officers explaining your interest in the career and your interest in their company. In the body of your letter, ask if they would be willing to be interviewed as to their career path and the challenges and successes they encountered and any words of advice they might have to a budding professional.

 

After sending the letter, follow-up with a phone call, seeing if you can make an appointment with them. Now, I am of an older school and made a living on the phone. Your communication may be through email and have more direct success but phoning is a good option as well. If you get the interview be prepared with a good list of questions and get ready to shine. Most of all, if the person is someone you feel at ease with, ask if there are projects they are currently working on that they would be willing to share with you and if there are ways you might be able to be of assistance to them. Then see what happens!

 

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This is a bold step!! There will be a number of rejections. The few that you get that are receptive are most likely the ones that may be willing to keep in touch and perhaps be a mentor to you. Put together some ideas and some goals for writing and contacting some of these business people. Make an action plan and take some action.  I’d love to hear any questions you have about pursuing this.
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