Breathing as a Bridge between You and Your Committee

Posted November 4, 2014

Recently I went to a dance event called Diavolo at the Straz Center in Tampa where I live. These performers are dancers, gymnasts, athletes, and acrobats. While completely impressed with their strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular capacity, I was struck with their teamwork. How did they trust each other, know when to hold on, when to

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A Key to Your Great Life

Posted October 24, 2014

Everyone wants a better life, right?  Part of being human is to develop our potential, achieve our goals and realize our dreams.  Yet lots of people seem to search and search, strive and struggle for that perfect life (I was one of them).  Well, I’m here to tell you that you can have that life,

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Saying YES to Your Goals

Posted September 10, 2014

In the 2008 movie YES MAN, Jim Carrey plays a withdrawn guy since his divorce and sees the world negatively.  After an inspirational seminar, he starts saying “yes” to life and the real life adventure begins.  He starts a relationship, and begins changing the world around him (e.g, helps a guy not commit suicide, starts

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How to Select the Appropriate Statistical Analysis

Posted June 12, 2014

How do doctoral students select the appropriate statistical analysis and power analysis for their methodology selection? Selecting the appropriate statistical analysis and sample size is a very common problem for graduate students.  Here is the strategy we use at Statistics Solutions: select the correct test, and then select the correct sample size for that test.

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Optimism or Pessimism is Your Choice

Posted June 10, 2014

What is the difference between someone who is optimistic or pessimistic? It’s your thinking that makes is so. And wrong thinking can lead to wrong feelings. Twenty years ago I wrote my master’s thesis on attribution theory, which basically speaks to how we explain positive and negative events. For example, are you more prideful of

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Motivation in the Dissertation Process

Posted June 5, 2014

“Once the seeds of faith take root it cannot be blown away, even by the strongest wind” –Rumi You become what you think about. You have to envision yourself as a person who has graduated, having met your end goal by obtaining your doctorate or Master’s degree. Condition your behavior by visualizing a positive end.

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Use Your Mind for Good

Posted June 3, 2014

We’ve all heard that “the mind is more powerful than we know,” “you only use 10% of your brain” and other similar sentiments.  Well I’m here to tell you that it’s true, and I’m going to show you how to better use your mind for your good.  Our conscious mind thinks in pictures, and we

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Shadow Work

Posted May 20, 2014

Do you have blind spots? Professionally? Interpersonally? Even educationally? Did you know that we have a literal blind spot in our sight? Physically speaking, where the optic nerve recedes from our eyes to our brain, there are no rod or cone photo-receptors. This results in a circular blacked-out spot (literally a blind spot) in our

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Our Greatest Fear

Posted May 16, 2014

After the recent Super Bowl, I heard Russell Wilson, the Seahawk’s winning quarterback, retell the story of he and his late father who said to him, “Why not you?”  Russel thought, “Why not me?” and “why not us in the Super Bowl?” Russell thought.  Somewhere in Russell’s belief system he felt deserving or as deserving

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