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Build a Success Mindset with Positive Psychology Course

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Eleanor Shakiba
Eleanor Shakiba is an expert in social and emotional intelligence. She has taught over 50,000 people to think and speak in ways which build success. She has been teaching at the Centre for Continuing Education for over ten years.

Eleanor’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology, Graduate Certificate in Applied Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Adult Education, Master Practitioner and Trainer certifications in accreditation to administer MBTI and DISC psychometric instruments and LEADR training in mediation. She writes and teaches in the areas of applied psychology, communication and conflict resolution.

Do you aspire to achieve greater things in your life? Would you like to feel more optimistic and hopeful your own destiny? Or would you like to master ‘positive thinking?’ Tools from positive psychology can help you do it. Learn how to build a success mindset, and transform your results in the world. Create a clear vision of what success means to you. Set – and commit to – highly motivational goals by using techniques from solution focused coaching. Shift your patterns of thought and behaviour, to support your new, success mindset. Overcome challenges with resilience. Make your internal dialogue constructive and supportive. Try out ways of thinking, speaking and behaving which accelerate change.

Aims

This is an introductory level course. It presents a range of robust, evidence-based techniques from positive psychology and solution focused therapy in an accessible, experiential way. The presenter will introduce you to the theory, principles and processes of building a success mindset with positive psychology using. You will participate in written exercises, group discussions and small group activities. The aim of this approach is to give you practical experience in using positive psychology to build a success mindset. You will gain the most from this class if you are prepared to participate, ask questions and learn from your classmates.

Outcomes

You’ll come out of this positive psychology course with tools for changing your own thinking and building a success mindset. You’ll learn to use positive psychology techniques for yourself – so you can create a growth mindset. The practical focus of this course means that you will be interacting and completing activities throughout the class. Learn to:

  • Define what a success mindset is and how it develops
  • Define and achieve your success goals, using tools from peak performance coaching
  • Identify your strengths and work out how to capitalise on them in building success
  • Apply key positive psychology principles to support personal change and growth
  • Shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, so you can think positively and flexibly
  • Boost your motivation levels by building 'creative tension'
  • Shift negative self-talk, using reframing techniques
  • Respond resiliently and resourcefully to setbacks, using ‘solution focused’ thinking techniques

Content

This is a non-assessable, introductory level course. You’ll be introduced to basic positive psychology models and tools in an accessible format. The class will include group activities and written exercises, which are designed to support active learning. Topics you will cover are outlined below.

What is positive psychology?

Find out what positive psychology is and how it developed. Hear how to combine solution focused thinking and learned optimism techniques to build a success mindset. Define key terms and principles of positive psychology and solution focused coaching. These include adopting a growth mindset, establishing long-term goals, focusing on strengths, challenging limiting assumptions, directing your attention to the future rather than the past, defining your ideal success state before working out how to achieve it, asking solution focused questions and using cognitive reframing techniques.

Understanding what ‘success’ means to you

Until you’re clear about what you want from life, you’ll find it hard to achieve success. That’s why positive psychology focuses on your strengths, purpose and goals. Clarify what success means for you. Learn how to use positive psychology techniques to achieve directed, purposeful and sustainable change. Set long-term (distal) and short-term (proximal) goals which will help you take action and achieve your desired success state.

Using a three step change model to optimise your thinking

To create your desired success, you’ll need to make changes in both your thinking and behaviour patterns. Achieving those changes will require motivation and focus. Learn how to use ‘cognitive dissonance’ to motivate yourself. Use Egan’s skilled helper' process to work out what you want to change. Egan’s process will help you define your current reality, contrast it with a more desirable future state and build an action plan for closing the gap and achieving success.

Getting clear about your current reality

Solution focused techniques work by generating ‘creative tension’. This increases your desire for change – thus supporting your success mindset. To build creative tension, you need to compare your current reality with your desired success state. Step one, of course, is taking a realistic look at how things are in your life right now. Learn how to do this by mapping out the internal and external elements of your current situation. Use ‘clean language’ techniques to supplement your use of positive psychology tools. This style of questioning will help you explore your assumptions about your present limitations and potential. Use a gratitude diary to document what is working – so you can build on your strengths as you create change.

Creating a compelling vision of your desired state

Hopefulness and resilience are key attributes of people with success mindsets. If you want to build success, you need to adopt these attributes. In this section of the course, you will learn how to apply techniques of ‘learned optimism’ when defining a personal vision for success. This helps you build a robust success mindset. Building your vision is not about generating possible solutions or action steps. It’s about clearly defining your target outcome and building motivation to transform your vision into reality. Having positively framed goals is an important way to motivate yourself – individuals with success mindsets are usually very skilled at setting goals. Discuss ways of transforming your avoidance goals into approach goals. Learn how to use the ‘miracle question’ to move beyond a fixed mindset towards a flexible, success mindset.

Building an inspiring action plan

People with success mindsets don’t just dream – they actively work out how to achieve their desired outcomes. That’s what you will learn to do in this section of the course. Learn how to build realistic action plans, using a range of problem solving tools from positive psychology. Discover how asking yourself effective, solution focused questions at this stage will broaden your options. Explore the characteristics of solution focused questions and get hands on experience using them. Combine your questioning skills with advanced brainstorming techniques to spark creative thinking. Then use forcefield analysis to select viable options and build an action plan.

Reframing your limiting beliefs

Your beliefs determine how you make decisions and how you take action. People with success mindsets generally have positive, hopeful beliefs. Discuss what beliefs are and how they impact your behaviour. Discuss the difference between resourceful beliefs and limiting beliefs. Use questions from rational emotive therapy to uncover your own limiting beliefs. Then use reframing questions to activate learning and build a growth mindset.

Challenging your unresourceful self-talk

Is your inner voice positive, affirming and solution focused? Or does it subtly undermine your confidence and self-esteem? Explore these questions using tools from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and positive psychology. Learn how to spot irrational language patterns in your self-dialogue. Use re-languaging techniques to transform limiting self-talk. Support your success mindset by building positive inner dialogue.

Turning your plans into action

No matter how brilliant your plans are, you won’t experience success until you take action. This means changing habits, learning new skills and moving out of your comfort zone. So how do you stay motivated and keep up the momentum? You need to monitor and evaluate your success, reinforce your successful strategies and change the strategies which aren’t working. In this module, you’ll learn how to use reflective thinking to do this. Learn what reflection is and how supports the development of a success mindset. Use a guided reflection process to assess what you’re doing well, what needs to change and how you can create that change.

Intended Audience

Suitable for all managers, team leaders, supervisors and individuals wishing to generate greater success within their profession.

Delivery Style

This is a highly interactive course on applying concepts from positive psychology. You will get the most from this course if you are:

  • Willing to contribute to group discussions about your success mindset
  • Confident communicating verbally in English
  • Comfortable participating in role play style activities

You’ll learn through a variety of methods including:

  • Mini lectures
  • Video presentations
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Demonstrations by the trainer
  • Practical group activities
  • Individual planning activities

Materials

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Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion
$526 Limited inc GST
Build a Success Mindset with Positive Psychology Course

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