Characteristics of a Good Mentor and Role Model
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by Azita Alavi
7M ago
We know no matter how advanced we are in our field or just looking to progress, surrounding ourselves with an experienced mentor or guide can make all the difference! Or maybe we are mentors ourselves and others look up to us for inspiration and help, and we always ask ourselves whether our decisions, advice and actions greatly benefit our mentees and students? But why a good role model is essential to achieving goals and how they can help others become better experts? A good mentor and role model possess certain key traits that make them effective guides and inspirations for others. These cha ..read more
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Good Intentions? Sorry, Not Enough!
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by Azita Alavi
1y ago
​Do you want to succeed in life? Do you want to achieve your goals and dreams?  Most people will say yes and want to succeed. Most people also want to make a difference in the world. That’s human nature. Young people want to make their lives count. They have good intentions. They want to get good grades, do well in school, get their homework and projects done by the due date, they want to make good friends, have a clean room, be organized.  And we all want to succeed. So, let me ask you another this question:  Are good intentions enough to succeed in life?  Of course the an ..read more
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What is visualization and why it works?
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by Azita Alavi
2y ago
Did you know that there is actually a way to trick our mind into believing that we already have something we want in the future? This trick is especially very helpful for students before finals; or any exam or competition. I learned this a while ago and to be honest, I did not believe it at first but then I read and heard from many highly successful people, like Tony Robbins and John Assaraf, that they practice it, too. I learned that most athletes practice this trick before their competitions. And let me confess: It works! This process is called COGNITIVE PRIMING and it goes like this: 1- Ta ..read more
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Planning and Note Taking
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by Azita Alavi
2y ago
Hello friends, Welcome back to another session to learn great tips for managing stress and organizing your life. These strategies not only help you manage and reduce stress and anxiety but will impact and transform your results.The ability to organize is an important skill to learn. Being organized can bring you the peace of mind that comes from knowing where everything is. Keeping track of deadlines and test dates, and clearing your mind of the mental clutter associated with disorganization, will go a long way to reduce stress.Do you have a system in place for staying organized? Where do you ..read more
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Prioritization is our most important task!
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by Azita Alavi
2y ago
Adolescence is a stage, a delicate and complex stage. The choices and decisions you make, at this time of your life, will mainly and generally shape your future. This is the time to put in place the foundations of what it will become one day of your life. This is why it is dangerous to be too carefree and reckless in life as a teenager. You have grown up and are no longer doing the childish things you used to do and are now a young adult. This means a change in body characteristics, a change in mindset and, of course, a change in priorities. Setting priorities simply means determining what is ..read more
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What Tools Do You Carry to Get You to the Top?
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by Azita Alavi
2y ago
Success in any area of life is about having the right ingredients and tools! Imagine you want to cook a delicious food from a wonderful recipe book but you don’t have the right ingredients or the measurement cups, scale or the pan! You might substitute some of the ingredients and might use your own judgment to measure or maybe use that old pan that is not right for the job. You will cook something but the result is not close to what you could have accomplished if you had invested some time to buy the right things you needed! If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself! Academic success is als ..read more
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A Masterpiece in the Making
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by Azita Alavi
2y ago
“Teenage years”, are not easy years for parents and teens alike. Some teenagers can be seen as moody and angry, at times disrespectful and clumsy. Parents might even feel heartbroken and sad when faced with their teens attitude.  If that is the case for you and you have experienced unpleasant attitude from your teen, please don’t despair. It is not their fault! Let me explain! There are a number of factors causing them do what they do in this critical and scary age.  1- Their frontal lobe is not yet fully developed. They are still working with brains that are under construction.The f ..read more
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Turning Fear into a Fuel for Success
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by Azita Alavi
2y ago
If you think your child doesn’t know how to perform to their potential at school, they most likely are scared of tests and exams. Fear is probably the most experienced emotion by human beings.  Some people are more courageous than others but fear is real and we all know how debilitating it could be. Test anxiety is a big issue for most students and even we as adult can experience it. I still dream of being late for my exams or failing at them. Let’s think about it for a second.  Is there a real danger when we have to take a test? Do we need to protect ourselves when going for an inte ..read more
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How to celebrate the real you and the world around you in 2019
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by Azita Alavi
2y ago
Last night, I watched a movie based on the life of a twelve years old girl who was abducted during the tribal wars in Sudan and sold to a family as a slave. The account of her life was a statement of how most wars are originated from human’s reaction to differences and their fear of the unknown. Difference are usually the subject of resentment and prejudice in most societies and there is a good enough reason for that:  we are scared of change! One thing is for sure: most people are more comfortable with what is familiar and feel more safe around people who are not too different from ..read more
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Procrastination! Are you doing it?
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by Azita Alavi
2y ago
What do you think is the number one reason for procrastination? Studies and the latest brain research tell us SELF-IMAGE is the culprit!  You might say, get out of here but et me explain. John Assaraf, the founder and CEO of NeuroGym, explains this chain of cause and effect beautifully.  He says when someone feels they are not smart enough, knowledgable enough, or not skilled enough, the stress system in their brain kicks in and the fear signal, or fight and flight mode gets activated. As a result, they respond by either escaping from or fighting with the situation. Self-image is the ..read more
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