Centre for Continuing Education

Build a Success Mindset with Positive Psychology Course

Psychology. Explore the human mind.

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.

Tools from positive psychology can help you create a success mindset, making you feel more optimistic and better equipped to achieve your business or personal goals.

In this course, you will learn how to focus your attention, overcome challenges and adopt a positive outlook. You will also hear how to build peak performance states and ‘get into the zone’ psychologically. Ultimately, this course will help you to create the change you desire in your life. The positive psychology topics we’ll cover include: growth mindset, positive deviance strengths theory, intrinsic motivation, hope theory, flow states and solution-focused thinking techniques.

This is an 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, designed to support active learning.

Please note, this is not a practitioner-level program in positive psychology. It is intended for anyone wanting to apply positive psychology to various aspects of their own life.


The aim of this course is to give you practical experience in using positive psychology to build a success mindset for yourself.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • use the learned optimism model and hope theory to adopt thinking patterns that support success
  • define success on your own terms and work out how to achieve it
  • overcome procrastination and build peak performance states, using the positive deviance model
  • identify your core strengths and capitalise on them in building success
  • make the process of working towards your goals rewarding, by accessing states of psychological flow
  • overcome challenges and setbacks on your path to success.


What is a success mindset?

A success mindset is a way of thinking that supports success. People with success mindsets tend to use optimistic, learning-focused ways of thinking. We will explore the link between growth mindsets and success mindsets. We will also learn to apply positive deviance theory to the task of achieving your own meaningful results. Finally, we will clarify what success means for you and the styles of thinking that will help you achieve it.

Building a drive to succeed

To create your desired success, you’ll need to make changes in both your thinking and behavioural patterns. Achieving those changes requires motivation and focus.

In this session, you will:

  • learn how to use ‘creative tension’ to motivate yourself
  • use Egan’s skilled helper process to work out what you want to change. This three-step 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.

Making success meaningful

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.

In this session, you will:

  • apply research into optimism, hopefulness and meaning-making
  • set truly meaningful goals which align with what matters to you
  • use the positive goal-setting process to build your intrinsic motivation – so that achieving results becomes easier.

Capitalising on your strengths

In positive psychology, a strength is something you excel at – and which energises you. In this section of the course, you will learn how to identify your key strengths, so you can apply them to the task of building success. We will:

  • discuss why the energising element of a strength is important when building a success mindset
  • pinpoint which strengths you are currently using, those you are over-utilising and those that you want to use more often
  • develop a plan for accessing and using your strengths as you work towards your desired future.

Getting into 'the zone'

Athletes call it ‘the zone’. Positive psychologists call it flow. A flow state is a state of total immersion in an activity. It is characterised by high performance and full-focus of attention.

Achieving a flow state helps you perform at your best. It also makes taking action more enjoyable. In this module, you’ll discover how to use eight essential promoters of flow to increase your ability to be in the zone. You will also get practical tips on how to manage both yourself and your environment to achieve psychological flow.

Responding resiliently to setbacks

Like it or not, setbacks will occur on your path to success. The good news is you can use hope theory and solution-focused thinking to deal with them. You will learn how styles of thinking – agency thinking and pathways thinking – can help you deal with problems positively. We will also use solution-focused thinking techniques to shift your attention away from why problems exist, so you can find ways to overcome or minimise them.

Intended audience

This course is suitable for business owners, entrepreneurs, managers and individuals wishing to generate greater success within their profession. It may also be of interest to coaches, human resource practitioners and educators.

Delivery style

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 small groups
  • comfortable participating in role-play style activities.

You’ll learn through a variety of methods including:

  • mini-lectures
  • video presentations
  • Q & A sessions
  • demonstrations by the trainer
  • practical group activities
  • individual planning activities.


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  • Great course. Brillant tutor.