Success Coaching @ Mohawk College

 

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Goal Setting for a Successful Semester

"By losing your goal, You have lost your way" - 

Friedrich Nietzsche

Set your goals well this year, keeping in mind what works best for you. Check out this resource to learn more about how to set achievable and attainable goals:

SMART Goal Setting

 

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“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting” Buddha

Success Coaching is Starting Up Again in 2014!

 

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Click HERE for a copy of the presentation that I did for Mohawk College’s Smart Start Orientation today!

    
 

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Theme: Balance, Success and Congratulations!

 

eLearn Module: Emotional Intelligence – all 15 areas

 

Congratulations! You have done it! Thanks for taking time to provide wonderful feedback about the Tweets, Blogs and eLearn Modules this year!

 

To help keep you on your best path…

 

For your preparation for your next academic year or continued personal/professional growth in your next endeavor, I have compiled all of the Blogs and linked them to the Emotional Intelligence Theme. 

 

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a skill or a self-perceived ability to identify, assess and control your emotions, and of others; and to positively affect the dynamic of groups. These are the soft skills that can help you to be successful in your academic, career and personal goals.

 

Here are some resources to help you continue to build your EQ skills…or get you started!

 

EQ Blog Compilation

Goal Setting Tips

Personal Development Plan

 

Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by clicking on the SELF REGISTRATION link on your eLearn home page. Take the EQ Questionnaire from the eLearn Module under the theme you wish to build and check out the rest of the module because I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Emotional Intelligence. Come on! Join me in this “become the best version of “you” journey!

 

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach @ Mohawk College

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

 

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What will you do to learn from your past and build an incredible future for yourself?

    
 

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

Aristotle

 

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Theme: Building the Habit of Success

 

Twitter Quote:                

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit"

Aristotle

 

eLearn Module:   Self Actualization

                                                

Most of you are done your exams tomorrow. Good for you for persevering through, probably the most challenging time of the school year. Studying hard, balancing all your life demands while prioritizing your education really shows you what you are made of! Yes, you can graduate with a college diploma and have a life with a job that you love.  

 

Today…remember all the mind tricks, motivation strategies, perseverance skills that you used to get through this academic year. Use this information about yourself in the difficult times, when you are feeling more negative about your abilities. Use it to show yourself that you have “proof” that you can get through the next challenge because you already have done so in your past :-)

 

Self Actualization is about pushing yourself beyond what you “think” or “feel” that you are capable of only to find yourself closer to the best version of you. Push yourself and surprise yourself!

 

Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by clicking on the SELF REGISTRATION link on your eLearn home page. Take the Self Actualization Questionnaire from the eLearn Module under the same name and check out the rest of the module because I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Self Actualization. Come on! Join me in this “become the best version of “you” journey!

 

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach @ Mohawk College

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

 

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12 Things that Happy People Do Differently

#12 Happy People Learn to Forgive

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Forgiveness is recognized as different from other processes, such as condoning (failing to see the action as wrong and in need of forgiveness), excusing (not holding the person or group responsible for the action), pardoning (granted only by a representative of society, such as a judge), and forgetting (removing awareness of the offense from consciousness; to forgive is more than just not thinking about the offense” Source: APA http://www.apa.org/international/resources/forgiveness.pdf )

Forgiveness is a very different process from condoning, excusing, pardoning and forgetting.

Forgiveness is a process that involves a change in emotion and attitude regarding an offender and the experience. According to Psychological Research Forgiveness can…

  • lead to an improved emotional state
  • improve physical and mental health by lowering physiological stress responses and improving physical well-being
  • restore a victim’s sense of personal power

How Start the Forgiveness Process

The main focus of forgiveness is to work on relinquishing anger as a psychological defense, which will mean that you may start to fully experience the emotional pain associated with your experience. In this process, you will need to find new meaning in what happened, making deeper sense out of the experience. How have you grown in a positive way? What have you done to “survive”? This does not mean that what happened to you is condoned, but you are choosing to view it in a different way that highlights the strengths that you have developed. This allows for the possibility of healthy emotional regulation and a re-examination of your self as more than just a victim. You have strength.

    
 

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Which character will you choose to guide you in a crisis?

Which character will you choose to guide you in a crisis?

    
 

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Theme: There are MANY Paths to a Goal


Twitter Quote:                

"It is not how smart you are; but how you are smart

Dr. Howard Gardner - Psychologist – Multiple Intelligences Learning Theory

 

eLearn Module:  Flexibility

                                            

To be successful a successful student, it is important that you take a break from your studies and spend a little valuable (…actually crucial!) time learning more about your intelligence strengths (Multiple Intelligences) and how you should best apply those strengths (Learning Styles). I know, I know, I can hear you from The Square @ Mohawk College screaming “but I don’t have time!!!” Yes, I know, it is exam time and I know some of you are still cramming in some of the last minute information for your final exams. Since you are a little low on time, I assume you would probably be interested in using the little amount of time that you have more effectively. Oh come on, just try it ;-)

 

Today…learn more about your learning strengths and style…

 

Take the Multiple Intelligence Inventory (80 Questions – Approximately 10 minutes) and learn more about how you are smart. This will make you feel good about your strengths and motivate you keep persevering through exam season.

 

And then…

 

Take the Learning Styles Self-Assessment (30 Questions – Approximately 3 minutes) and learn more about how to best apply your learning style to study and remember the information better.


*Here is a quick tip for encouragement…all the answers to the above assessments are super easy…they are all about YOU!

 

Some extra information for those of you I have hooked!

The 9 Multiple Intelligences are:

  1. Verbal/Linguistic
  2. Logical/Mathematical
  3. Visual/Spatial
  4. Bodily-Kinesthetic
  5. Musical
  6. Interpersonal
  7. Intrapersonal
  8. Naturalistic
  9. Existential

*For More Information about Using this Information Check outMultiple Intelligences Explained


The 3 Learning Styles are:

  1. Visual Learners
  2. Auditory Learners
  3. Kinesthetic Learners

*For More Information about Using this Information Check out Making your Learning Style Work for You

 

When you work with your strengths and apply study strategies that use your Learning Style, it takes a lot less time to get that information to stick in your memory for your exams J Just saying…

 

Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by clicking on the SELF REGISTRATION link on your eLearn home page. Take the Flexibility Questionnaire from the eLearn Module under the same name and check out the rest of the module because I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Flexibility. Come on! Join me in this “become the best version of “you” journey!

 

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach @ Mohawk College

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

 

Multiple Intelligences Printable Version of Inventory - http://www.ldrc.ca/projects/miinventory/mitest.html

 

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“It is not how smart you are; but how you are smart.
Dr. Howard Gardner - Psychologist – Multiple Intelligences Learning Theory
 

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12 Things that Happy People Do Differently

#11 Happy People Practice Spirituality

When we practice spirituality or religion, we recognize that life is bigger than us.  We also start to see the interconnectedness between people and events. We start to “let go” of trying to completely control our lives and let some events just unfold and see where it takes us. There have been many things in my life and my academic career that did not work out the way I wanted, but I sure am grateful for that! I would never have found this amazing career path as a counsellor and professor if I had not started to just see where life would take me at times.

Cool Psychological Research!

“Spirituality and the Intellectual Development of College Students”

“The study explored how students’ opinions about spirituality translate into differences in their psychological development, physical well-being, socio-political attitudes, and religious preference. The study’s findings were compiled and published in spring 2005. The results uncover that college students in our day have a high level of interest in spirituality, are enthusiastically absorbed in a spiritual pursuit, and have lofty anticipation of the role higher education will play in their spiritual and intellectual development” (Dr. Stephen R. White, 2006).

12 Things Source: Lyubomirsky, S. (2002). Why are some people happier than others? The role of cognitive and motivational processes in well-being. American Psychologist, 56, 239-249.