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Challenging students to see and achieve their unique potential


Students have a lot of amazing qualities to share—here are some strategies to help them recognize and reach their unique potential

Higher education faculty, counselors and advisers all need an effective framework with a set of tools to assess, intervene and empower our students to see and achieve their own unique potentials, whether in the classroom, advising sessions, orientation workshops, or internship opportunities.

The Success Predictor is an effective framework to help educators guide students to make a transformation from the person they think they are “supposed to be”, to the person they know they are meant to be. The Success Predictor is typically used to: determine internal motivations to succeed, understand reference points of capabilities, diagnose internal states of well-being, formulate career aspirations, determine professional acumen, understand academic program interests, guide college selection and fit, guide life and career directions, understand personal paradigms of reality, and guide interventions, among others.

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Family and society constraints

Why don’t students more often take self-responsibility and self-initiative to tap into their inner drive to create a better world and a better self? Most often it is because they are trapped in their own minds, with unexamined beliefs and assumptions about who they are “supposed to be.” This false self is learned through family systems that permit only certain values, customs, and behaviors that are deemed acceptable, while emotions deemed somehow unacceptable are repressed and suppressed by the family culture.

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