When You Appreciate Students, Learning Becomes Transformative
July 10, 20220

The saying about perception becoming our reality is absolutely true and especially relevant for online students who cannot assess an instructor visually. Instead, students rely upon perceptions to decide what the reality of an online class will be, and distance learning in general, whether or not those perceptions are accurate.

For example, if a student is focused on outcomes only, such as a grade for an assignment or the course itself, they are going to rely upon perceptual cues to determine if their instructor is making an accurate assessment. Those cues come from interactions and a perceived tone of every message or email received. If there is any sense of negativity or indifference to the needs of the student, the outcome received is going to be perceived as anything but...

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5 Positive Choices Needed to Sustain a Healthy Life Balance
May 11, 20220

Do you think about your life and what it takes to keep yourself well-balanced and healthy? What I've observed, as a mindset coach is the average person gets caught up with life and many responsibilities held, without thinking about if there is an imbalance in one area or another. Typically, it isn't until a time of crisis, such as a health concern or other triggering event, when someone will stop and take stock of their life.

The traditional thinking about balance is related to a work and life balance, balancing family, friends, hobbies, and whatever is important with a person's career. Yet I've found balance to sustain a healthy life involves something much more important, and it all starts with mindset maintenance. If you think of the mind being in balance, there would be a...

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When Faced with an Ending, Hit Reset for a New Beginning
April 11, 20220

The day may not start out as you had hoped for or go according to what you have planned. It's also possible you may find yourself facing challenges not yet experienced in your personal or professional life. Yet there is something you can always control, and that is your mindset. If you work on it, it you can be strong in the face of doubt, fear, and questions.

I know exactly what this means as I received news of the unexpected 15 days before the December holiday in 2021. Not only was I in shock, so too were the many students who reached out to me personally, who wanted to know about the classes I would be teaching for the next term. It was an emotional layoff, as I had been involved with this university since 2002, first as a learner, and then as a faculty member. I...

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This is a Very Good Day to Start Believing in Yourself
April 11, 20220

It is always much easier to question ourselves, doubt our abilities, and given into fears, than begin a day with self-talk about the best of who we are and all we have accomplished. Why does negativity occur so naturally, to the point it is a natural or default setting for many people?

I can make these observations based upon my many years of work as an educator, career coach, and mindset developmental coach. I also know how hard I have worked to maintain a positive mindset after a job has been cut, typically due to declining enrollment, which has been a common theme throughout my career within the field of distance learning. What has sustained me: A belief in my experience, knowing I am capable, qualified, and someone who cares deeply about this profession. In other words, I...

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Quitting Is Easy. But Today Is Not the Day to Give Up
April 11, 20220

Consider the last time you were faced with a challenge, something you did not plan for or expect to occur. It could have involved something personal, in which you had one of two choices to make. The first was to accept what was happening to you, quit making any effort to address it, and not allow yourself to feel any sense of hope. The alternative was to find a way of addressing and managing the issue, even if there was little you could do to control it. Which did you choose?

Taking an easy way out always requires the least amount of effort. That's why quitting in the face of a challenge seems easiest at times, whenever you're confronted by demanding circumstances, an unexpected situation, or even moments when you have persistent doubts about how to handle an issue. It's working...

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March 17, 20220

When you're assigned an online class, what is your mindset, as to the responsibilities you've been tasked with completing? Do you have a particular checklist ready to use in preparation for your duties? Is there anything you do to mentally prepare for the start of the class? Do you think about how you'll interact with your students?

Based upon my experience, there are two commonly held views by online instructors. One is to approach your instructional role as a series of tasks to complete, a class to manage, and students to address in a fairly routine manner. The other is to view this role from the perspective of being an educator, mentor, coach, and someone who can make a direct contribution to the development of your students. Most instructors develop a standard working...

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Yes, You Can Think Your Way to Success
March 11, 20220

There is so much written about success that it hardly seems possible someone could contribute another new idea about this topic. Yet as a mindset coach, I want you to realize the power of potential you hold every day, just by the thoughts you are thinking. I'm not advocating a ten-step program that involves buying into a philosophy or some radical new style of thinking about success. I want to remind you there is one element you have available right now, which can determine how successful today, tomorrow, and your future will be; and it's the power of your thoughts.

Whether or not you've taken time to consider this fully, it's your thoughts that control or dictate your life. Your thoughts project to you the essence of an inner voice, a powerful source that can be reasonable,...

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Determined or Deflated: How You Feel is a State of Mind
January 24, 20220

Today you may find yourself feeling highly motivated and ready to take on any task, challenge, problem, or responsibility which requires your attention. In contrast, there is a distinct possibility you may also feel the exact opposite, and wish it were the end of the day. Regardless of how you feel, or the conditions you find yourself in, what matters most is your state of mind, which you have an ability to adjust. As you know, this can be easier said than done, especially when you are faced with many challenges.

Without question, our lives have experienced greater challenges than we could have ever imagined, since the beginning of 2020. Now two years later, there is a level of uncertainty as to how and when a new normal may occur, and for many, a sense of pandemic fatigue has...

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What You Can Do to Face Your Greatest Fears
January 14, 20220

"There may be times when you have to face your worst fears. Perhaps your fears have a name, or perhaps your fears consist of a situation you do not want to be in. Whatever the case may be, know you can and will rise above it. You are strong." – Dr. Bruce A. Johnson

The most destructive form of fear occurs from thoughts you allow to continue to replay in your mind, in which you believe situations or people control you or your life. While it's true you may be limited, because of a situation you find yourself in, a set of circumstances you're unable to control, or anything else you're unable to change now. However, you are limitless in your ability to dream, plan, and believe in new possibilities.

Here's something important to remember: You are always free. While...

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Create a Plan and Purpose For Your Future
November 11, 20210

Think about today as a new beginning. From today on let no one, not any circumstance and anything said to you, change how you feel, what you believe about yourself, or how you view your future potential. Your future is yours to create.

Now the challenge is going to be living this as a matter of practice. What is it going to take to be able to set an example for yourself to live a life unchallenged by events going on around you, especially when there are those who want to upset you, put you down, distract you, make you feel as if you do not possess the skills or talents necessary to succeed, or you find yourself faced with events that are just too overwhelming?

It is all a matter of anchoring your life with a sense of purpose. You have to remember that you are always free...

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