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I have been on the road non-stop for the last few weeks. It's been a while since I've done a video, but I wanted to give you some insights about what it takes to really get in.
I know many times we're thinking "Oh, you know what, I'll just get it done at the end of the year and we'll make it happen. . ."
I'm here to tell you - consistency is everything.
Let me explain what I mean by that, and I hate to admit this, but I've been on the road since about mid February, between about eight to nine cities.
I unfortunately have not been able to workout. I was working out maybe once or twice a week and normally I workout six to seven times a week. I literally went to the gym just now, and it was like I hadn't worked out in years.
I'm here to tell you why this is relevant, because so many times we think we can just get things done and we can be all in or all out.
I'm here to tell you that it is ALL about the little incremental things that you're doing on a daily basis.
When it comes getting into college, it's not just about you know okay I'm just going to clock out a certain amount of time to get this done.
It's the culmination of so many things.
It's about getting into the great classes that you need to.
It's about studying throughout summer.
It's about training for the SAT.
I had a client recently who was training for the SAT, and when I say training I mean getting tutored, and was training up and then had such anxiety right at the end, and decided not to take it.
I'm here to tell you there's never a better time to take it then right after you've been tutoring.
One of the biggest things most students don't realize that it does take time, and takes a lot of time, to make sure that you are being consistent.
As a teenager, as one of those teenagers that would be all in or all out, I would work non-stop throughout the school year and then I'd work non-stop in the summer, so I was all in for all four years.
I'm here to tell you there's nothing better than having discipline and breaking things up, and so many times we expect our teenagers to really try to do this all on their own.
I'm here to tell you as a parent, if parents are listening, it is so important to open your planner. I don't have mine with me. I'm on the road right now, but I had to say this, because I was in my workout today and I literally wanted to give up.
I mean I can't even tell you, as someone who constantly pushes forward, wants to move forward. . . I have all the opportunity to workout in my house or do push-ups on my own right before I sleep. I still didn't do it and my coach just looked at me and he said "So, I see you've been travelling and you clearly were not following the diet plan that you needed to be following" and I said "Yeah, you're right". And he goes,"Yeah, I follow your photos. You were eating everything and anything in all those cities." "Well you know, I had all these work meetings."
I'm here to tell you that sometimes having the right coach who can push you, can inspire you, who can get you back on track. You know I was embarrassed walking into the gym today, because I just know where I was two months ago.
It's painful you know. It's hard to admit. The same thing goes for SAT and ACT training.
When your kid is trying their best and they feel crap about it, it's important for us to have mentors to have a way of encouraging them to have a way of making them feel better.
I'm here to tell you they could all be able to go just pick up a textbook, and pick up a book to study for the SAT, but there's something to be said about having a tutor having a coach having a mentor by your side,g no matter what you're doing.
Whether it's about figuring out what classes to take, or to figure out how to write the best appeal letter to get into college, or any of these little processes.
I just wanted to kind of give you some insight into something I failed at. Something I definitely had some negative inner voices going on with. There was a point where I just wanted to not workout or just walkout and just give up, even though I've paid monthly for that gym. Just be like, you know, it's okay, I'm just going to be one of the people that works out every so often.
I'm just here to tell you that your kid may be feeling the same way and it's important to understand that consistency is key.
It's important to pick the right classes like I said earlier.
It's important to train for the SAT or the ACT, upwards of 45 hours is what we typically recommend for our students.We work with Elite Private Tutors, my tutoring company and I know a lot of students are taking the test on April 8th. There's a lot of students taking the test and I'm sure to tell you that it is all about consistency.
Students who got through tutoring with us are seeing incredible results.
Definitely comment below if you have or if you know anything that your team is struggling with in need to coach or want someone to kind of help them by their side or to help them get to the next level.
I just know myself, and even as someone who is very disciplined, who works hard, who has systems in place, who has you know a team of 150 people, and with all of what we do with two companies, I'm here to tell you that sometimes there are parts of my life where I'm still not consistent, and I'm sure your teenager is dealing with the same thing.
I just wanted to make this video and let you know we're all human in this experience, and sometimes we do need someone to hold us accountable or to tap this on the back and tell us how to do it better.
Today I was corrected I think nine times. It was a little painful because I used to do everything perfectly. But you know what, it's a journey, and it's about picking it up, starting somewhere, and getting it done.
I'm here to tell you, owner of College Shortcuts, this is just a behind the scenes.
I wanted to reach out to you, and let you guys know that it is so important to make sure you are staying consistent, and you're doing what you need to be doing to getting into the college of your dreams.
Also, just to let you know we are doing our webinar on Thursday. We've got some great courses to help you with and everything else. Have an awesome day.