Catherine Cimon-Paquet | Student Success Series

Catherine Cimon-Paquet, PhD student at UQAM

We all come across many obstacles throughout our lives, many people continue to thrive …finding what makes these people thrive is an important endeavour.

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My passion gives me the energy to pursue all the projects I’m involved in and nourish my creativity.

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Exchanging ideas, even when we disagree, helps us grow and improve our thoughts and ideas.

  • Be kind to yourself (practicing self-compassion): It is important to remind ourselves that we’re all human. Sometimes we have great success and sometimes we fail. All the successful people you look up to went through a series of failures before they achieved their goals.
  • Be mindful and take time to reflect on your path (cultivating self-awareness): Once every few months, take the time to write down your goals, how you feel, and if you feel like you have more space to grow. If you feel stuck and uninspired, it may be a sign that you should take the time to figure out what your values are. Once you know what truly matters to you, you can make better choices with regard to your career, your relationships and your lifestyle. It is essential to feel a sense of purpose and meaning in what we do. This is the key element in human motivation.
  • Always try to find ways to connect with peers (relatedness): Finding a community is incredibly beneficial for our health. Relatedness is one of our basic psychological needs, and there are countless studies on the impact of relationships on our lives.

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