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    The Secret to Achieving Personal Growth...

    The Secret to Achieving Personal Growth...

    "The secret to achieving personal growth during changing times is to focus your energy on building the new,

    not on fighting to keep the old."

    We've all heard too many times during the Covid-crisis- "I just wish that we could get back to normal."

    Breaking News- "Normal" is always in the present. There is never "getting back" to the way things were. Life doesn't work that way. 

    People get stuck holding on to "the way it was". Businesses get stuck holding on to business models that no longer work. Education gets stuck keeping classes that are no longer relevant. 

    And then they all wonder why things aren't working out; rarely considering that solutions rest within themselves and their own belief system.

    Why does it happen this way? Because "building the new" is much harder than holding on to the old. A simple example is with JC Penney's and Sears going out of business holding onto the old model while Amazon was building the new model.

    Someone is always "building the new" while most others are desperately holding on to the old. It's a surest platform for opportunity.

    Achieving personal growth comes from embracing the inevitability of change and building upon it. 

    Office # 203.470.3704

    Turning Dreams Into Reality

    Turning Dreams Into Reality

    Turning dreams into reality is no easy task. Rather, it requires intention, knowledge, and action.

    Do you really know what your child dream's of when thinking about college and their future ahead?

    Do you really know where their true passion lies?

    Let's face it, most parents don't know. Why not? Because parents don't often ask and when they do, the child doesn't typically trust the parent enough to share those intimate's safer for them to say some form of- "I don't know."

    That response quickly deflects the discussion. Parents willingly accept it. This is what I then hear.

    "My child doesn't know..." 

    Doesn't that really mean that the parent doesn't know?

    You can know if it's important enough to know.

    Here is my
    CollegeLogic 5-Step Approach. It may not work for you, but it works for me!

    # 1- Dream, what do they dream of doing...find out!

    # 2- Goals, set goals for achieving desired results.

    # 3- Learn, gain knowledge of the process.

    # 4- Plan, work from a knowledge-based plan.

    # 5- Act, take proper action to support the plan.

    There's nothing hard here, right? Your barrier is that you don't have someone directing the show. Without a well-directed "Action Plan", time goes by and dreams fade away...unnecessarily. 

    Mom and Dad, what's your dream for your child? Here at
    CollegeLogic, we turn dreams into reality.

    If you're a believer in dreams...let's talk!

    Overcome Resistance

    Overcome Resistance

     Resistance will crush your opportunity to grow into the person you want to be.

    Resistance comes in many forms. Some forms of resistance are good, such as resisting the temptation to over-indulge or resisting the temptation to quit.

    But that's not what I'm referring to here. Rather, I'm referring about the resistance to change, to embracing a new environment, to adapting new habits, to building new skills, and to learning new methods. We can easily find ourselves stuck in an old way, an old belief, or an old business model.

    Coming out of COVID, our resistance will leave us in the dust of others.

    If you're feeling stuck in personal resistance, then give this a shot.

    Dissatisfaction x Vision + Action -> Overcomes Resistance

    A quick analysis here. It all begins with some level of dissatisfaction. Then it requires having a vision. Without dissatisfaction, there's no need. Without vision, there's no where to go. The two working together though will create a multiplier effect driving you to take proper action.

    It seems simple, but if you give it purpose and intention, the tendency to resist will fade away giving energy to personal growth.

    If you need a boost to your conscious intention...
    If your 1-year plan needs more purpose...
    Office # 203.470.3704

    Are You Trusting College to Auto Pilot?!?

    Are You Trusting College to Auto Pilot?!?

    Putting College on Auto-Pilot will not get you to your desired destination.

    Parents of college seniors "can't believe it".
    College sophomore students "can't believe it".
    Parents of high school seniors "can't believe it".

    Where has the time gone? "Time flies" they all say. Deadlines are past. Decisions need to be made. Under family-duress, huge mistakes are made. College experiences and desired outcomes are compromised. To add insult to injury, a massive invoice arrives in your inbox...due in 30 days.

    It's all predictable. Why so? 

    Getting college right is not a defined science, but it is a defined process. College success cannot be put on auto-pilot. Rather, it takes 
    conscious intention. It begins early than you think, even before high school starts.

    With goals and ambitions come timelines and deadlines. Just getting in under a deadline is no strategy for success. The closer you move towards the end without making sustainable progress, the more conflict will arise within the family...guaranteed.

    With family goals comes a family plan. Absent of a defined plan, you're left with being 

    Really, do you want to pursue something as big as college, as costly as a house...reactively?

    Not us, rather, everything we do is done proactively. It's Stephen Covey's # 1 Habit of Highly Effective People...and I like to be effective, how about you?

    Let me just say this- you can't be effective in this process by being reactive. And you won't be effective by letting the time go by...and it's ticking along.

    What are people saying right now?

    "I can't believe it, it's just about March already."

    Then it will be summer; then 2022, 2023, and so on. 

    Ask yourself 3 questions-

    1. What's most important to me?
    2. What's my 5-year picture look like?
    3. What's my 1-year plan?
    If you need a boost to your conscious intention...
    If you'd like your 5-year picture to look clearer...
    Office # 203.470.3704

    2020, a look back and a look ahead!

    2020, a look back and a look ahead!

    The hope, wait, and wish strategy from 10 years ago that didn't work then, still doesn't work now.

    While 2020 will be remembered for much more than it's effect on colleges and student-families, it's impact on the world of college has been extreme.

    It all began in mid-March with an immediate shutdown of colleges country-wide, sending students home to continue their spring semester online.

    At that moment, online studies made their entry point and are now here to stay. There should never be another "snow day" in schools at any level.

    However, parents found the student-experience to be much compromised and not worthy of its cost. They also found the colleges unwilling to respond with appropriate financial considerations.

    Students and parents became disenchanted with online studies and frustrated with colleges offering little or no live classroom activity; yet families paid the college bill in full.

    Students are distraught over their loss of a college social environment, an element of great value to college students. These sentiments will roll forward into the new year.  

    People have begun to question the value and necessity of college. In response, colleges have claimed the value of their "Certificate" was still worthy of its cost. This tug-of-war is just beginning.

    As we sit here today, college enrollment is down substantially, perhaps a million students worth. College finances are strained. Family finances are strained. College graduates remain unemployed at a rate higher than you would believe...50% maybe?

    Over 150,000 college professors and administrators have lost their job. Courses have been cut and programs shuttered. Hundreds of colleges are on the brink of financial disaster.

    FAFSA Applications are down 20% from a year ago indicating a further decline in student attendance ahead, causing great concern to college officials. 

    Through it all, elite colleges will continue to increase their cost, having ample demand for their "Certificate" from the top 1% wage earners. Mid-level colleges will face extreme pricing pressure to go with a lower demand. Lower-level colleges will face serious sustainability pressures.

    Top DI colleges, including several having endowment funds in the billions (Stanford, Brown) quickly went to work cutting sports from their programs. All told, 50,000 athletes and 5,000 coaches were trimmed. However, it did not trickle down into DIII. As such, college sports will survive!

    What we've learned even if we've always known-

    It's more important than ever to pick the right college, for the right reasons, and at the right cost.

    It's more important than ever to plan for an on time, meaningful degree while building worthy credentials. 

    It's more important than ever to prioritize items of importance before they become urgent.

    It's more important than ever to be involved and engaged in taking ownership of your outcome.

    It's more important than ever to be distinguishable, to be the one of ten and not to be in the group of nine.

    Looking ahead-

    1. Don't expect students to be rushed back to campus for the spring semester. With the financial hook already set from the fall semester, college officials don't want to deal with testing, quarantining, suspending, and restricting of students. They didn't in the fall either, but they wanted the money. Now, they only risk losing room and board, for which they were reimbursed last spring in the initial Covid-relief package...Texas A&M- $39M, Harvard- $10M!

    2. Opportunities for those student-families who get it right are abundant with great jobs and big pay. With new and emerging high-salaried jobs open for qualified young professionals, the future is bright for those who do it right.
    3. College will begin to be more accessible and affordable to mainstream America as is very necessary. It will result from the restructuring/ streamlining of college curriculums with intention to shorten the time and lessen the cost of a degree.  

    4. College-aspiring athletes will be rewarded for being proactively involved in connecting with college coaches. Just like ten years ago. the path to being recruited is to build relationships with college coaches beyond casual emails. This is the athlete's opportunity of which they have clear control over.

    For years, colleges have done a bad job of preparing their students for getting a desired job and qualifying them to receive desired pay. This will have to change now as a result of the Covid-College year that's behind us. Colleges have invested mightily in student-appeal over the past twenty years. Their opportunity ahead will be based upon investing in employment-appeal.

    Parents are becoming more reluctant to pay for "Certification Value" and will be more inclined to pay for achieving desired outcomes, such as a job!

    On that note, I'm wishing everyone here a joyous and prosperous
    New Year 2021 in the spirit of life success and satisfaction. Thank you for being a CollegeLogic friend and supporter.

    I appreciate each and everyone of you!