Pattern disruption has long been a
recognized method for creating positive change. The Socrates character in Dan
Millman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior puts it this way: “You have many
habits that weaken you. The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on
fighting the old, but on building the new.”
As humans, we are all creatures of habit – we drink coffee in the mornings,
Resilience is the ability to adapt and thrive despite adversity. We all need it. The pandemic has been a global demonstration of our need for resilience. Those businesses and organizations that have adapted to the unprecedented difficulties we all face are more likely to survive those difficulties; some of them will even thrive. On a smaller, more personal scale, the cultivation and development of resilience is one of the primary predictors of college success.
Dear Community, We hope that you are well and adjusting to this viral reality. Here is an update on college life as we see it.
The most important work we’re doing right now is connecting with students who feel lost. We’re talking to more students much more often. With all the demand we’re experiencing, we have decided to open up our services to students across the country,
Colleges in Boston and around the United States suddenly shuttered, leaving every student in our community and everywhere else asking, ‘What Now?’
Student Needs Such a disruptive and radical routine change has left many students grappling with uncertainty and feeling ungrounded. In addition, almost every university is requiring students to complete the balance of their semester on a remote platform. Focus Collegiate is in a unique position to help ease this transition.
integral part of the learning process is the opportunity to test our nascent
theories about ourselves as they develop. Experimenting with new ideas and new
behaviors and getting good feedback from the world is how we calibrate our
progress toward intentional positive change.
our evidence-based work with college students, we
emphasize experiential learning informed by Intentional Change Theory,
established and developed by Richard Boyatzis, Professor of Organizational
“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I—I hardly know, Sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.” “What do you mean by that?” said the Caterpillar, sternly. “Explain yourself!” “I ca’n’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir,” said Alice,
By now some of us have already broken our New Year’s resolutions. Like goals, New Year’s resolutions can generate feelings of obligation, i.e. “I ought to eat better,” and “I ought to exercise more.” Obligation creates stress. A personal vision, on the other hand, creates hope and activates parts of the brain involved in reasoning and creativity. Hope fueled by self-advocacy “means that we not only imagine that good things are about to happen, but we also believe in our ability to achieve them.”
The concept of the personal vision is certainly inspiring,
It’s that time of year when
the airwaves and the ether are filled with good intentions for behavior in the
season and in the new year. As the holidays loom, we strive to be our best and
make plans for positive change. We promise ourselves more exercise, greater
patience with loved ones, fewer cookies, more vegetables…The New Year’s
Resolution is our opportunity to make amends.
Thanksgiving is an excellent time for reflection and renewal.
Learning comes about not only from doing, but from thinking about what we do. Reflecting on a student’s path through the semester, or what we call the Learning Agenda, is an important part of what we do at Focus Collegiate.
The discrepancy between the student’s personal reality and personal goals helps us co-create the foundation of each student’s learning agenda.