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Book Review: Mind Gym, Part 2

In this post, I am going to cover how different concepts from Mind Gym[1] can be applied by students. You may be familiar with some of them from other ‘self-help’ type books, from workshops on time or stress and anxiety management, or already use them without giving them names. I am going to give overviews of the power of positive thinking, motivation and fear of failure, and SMART goals. All of these contribute to getting ‘in the zone’ and succeed at everyday tasks or activities. (more…)

Finding Your Dream Job

https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-questions-thatll-help-you-find-your-dream-career

When you’re talking to family and friends about your job prospects and what you hope to achieve someday, you often hear, “go after your dream” or “do whatever makes you happy.” If you’ve already figured out what you want to do, then that’s great! However, if you’re not sure what your dream job entails or what you want to do with your degree, hearing the same sentence over and over again can create the opposite effect and make you feel more self-conscious. Figuring out your dream job can be tricky but here are some useful tips to help you get there:

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Finding Happiness

http://www.finerminds.com/happiness/create-happiness-in-hopeless-situations

How to find happiness has been one of the most fundamental questions since the beginning of humanity. Today, behavior scientists are tackling this question, studying what makes us happy and what doesn’t. While happiness seems like an elusive, relative concept, there is a science of happiness. And to become more adept at staying happier for longer, understanding the nature of happiness is key.

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Letting Go Of Old Goals

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“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” – Rumi

 

It’s always great to have personal and career-related goals – if you know what you want and where you want to end up, you can build a roadmap around your goals. The security of having goals keeps you on track as you are working towards them. However, goals can change over time. Life can be very unpredictable, and can throw you off by requiring you to make changes in your short and long-term goals. Here, it becomes important knowing when to let go of a goal, when to adapt it to the new situation, and when to decide if your old goal is still attainable. Letting go of an old goal can be a painful process depending on how much you’ve already invested in it. You’ve dreamed about attaining it, and maybe you were very close before realizing the unexpected turn of events now requires you to change course.

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Learning Not to Care Too Much About What Others Think

Caring too much about what someone thinks or has to say about me or a decision I made? Guilty. More than a couple dozen times, actually. When it comes to what you’re studying, what you plan to do after you get your degree, or what career you wish to pursue, people will sometimes be quite vocal about their opinions – both positive and negative. It’s hard not to care what others think when you’re still uncertain about the future or to not get too upset when someone you care about doesn’t support a decision you’ve made. In the end, what you choose to do, first and foremost, concerns you and to pursue something you’re passionate about without doubts and hesitation sometimes involves learning to block out what others have to say.

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Celebrating the Smaller Achievements

When you get into a university like McGill, chances are you’re a pretty good student. Maybe you’re one of the best. Your grades are consistently high, you’re always engaged in class, you’ve never missed a day of school and you’ve never failed even the smallest of assignments. You probably expect the same out of college, but by the time first semester ends, you realize this is not the case at all. I know, I’ve been there. The first year is hard and to be completely honest, it wasn’t at all like what I’d heard and thought it was supposed to be. There are bumps along the way and not everything you do will turn out perfect, but learning to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate your smaller achievements will prove to be beneficial.

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Comparing Yourself To Others

https://welldoing.org

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” — Theodore Roosevelt

 

It’s the end of the summer. You’re back in the city and the school is about the start. You are in your favorite coffee shop with your friends catching up. Everyone is talking about their summer. One of your friends is talking about an internship they did over the summer that helped them make important industry connections. You spent most of your summer working as a waitress, and while it helped you make some money, it wasn’t exactly a step towards your dream job. Another friend is telling you about how she looked into her grad school options and she now knows what program she wants to apply to. You thought you wanted to give school a break after graduating and work for a while, but after hearing your friend talk passionately about her grad school plans, you aren’t so sure anymore. Maybe you want to do grad school after all? Your other friend tells that he decided to move back home at the end of this school year because he already has a job waiting for him. You realize you have no idea where you will be working, if you want to stay in the city or if you will be moving back home. After saying your goodbyes, you leave the coffee shop feeling completely drained and confused.

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How about getting a pet?

On a rainy day in October 2014, I went to SPCA Montreal with one friend, and initially just went to have a look. Then I saw Milou, my companion until now, who was a seven-month old kitten with beautiful eyes and soft paws. I don’t know if she was dragging anybody passing by, but I felt her touching me, and then signed all the paperwork in the next hour. It was not a random decision, and it changed my life. (more…)

A Letter to My First-Year Self

credit to: https://www.coachingpositiveperformance.com

Dear First-Year Self,

First of all, choosing McGill was definitely the right decision. You will see that it won’t be smooth sailing, and you are going to have doubts along the way, but you will leave them all behind. Looking back now, I can definitely say that starting from scratch in a city you’d never been to before will definitely give you a hard time, but I promise it will get easier.

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Regrets and Moving Forward

“Life is too short to live with regrets.” I’m sure I’m not the first one to have heard too many motivational quotes on living without regret. Unfortunately, it’s just something that we all feel and experience – bad choices, missed opportunities, unfortunate decisions, uncomfortable situations, time dedicated to things that weren’t worth it and to people who didn’t stay. In a time of our lives where much is focused on the studying we do daily and the career we strive to someday have, regrets happen during the undergraduate journey too.

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