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 master positive thinking, making you feel more positive and hopeful, and better equipped to achieve your personal goals.

In this course, you will learn to build a success mindset and transform your results in the world, using a range of positive psychology techniques. Exercises include creating a clear vision of what success means to you. Setting, and committing to, value-add goals. Capitalising on your unique strengths and building peak performance states by getting into ‘the zone’ psychologically. You will also learn how to overcome challenges with resilience and optimism.

This introductory level course is suitable for anyone wanting to apply positive psychology to their own life. It may be of interest to coaches, Human Resource practitioners and educators.

You will participate in written exercises, group discussions and small group activities. You will get value from this course if you are willing to discuss and work on your success goals in a group setting.

Aims

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

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able 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

The program is highly interactive, with an emphasis on practical activities and class exercises. You will get hands-on experience using positive psychology techniques, in addition to covering key theories relevant to building a success mindset.

What topics will you cover in this positive psychology course on building a success mindset?

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, 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 a range of evidence-based techniques to build a success mindset. Define key terms and principles of positive psychology. These include adopting a growth mindset, establishing distal 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, and using solution finding methods.

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. Explore the link between growth mindsets and success mindsets. Apply positive deviance theory to the task of achieving your own meaningful results. Clarify what success means for you and the styles of thinking which will help you achieve it.

Building creative tension

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 ‘creative tension’ to motivate yourself. Use Egan’s skilled helper process to work out what you want to change. This three-step process helps 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. 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. Learn why the energising element of a strength is important when building a success mindset. Pinpoint which strengths you are currently using, which you are over-utilising and which you want to use more often. Then 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. 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. Learn how to styles of thinking – agency thinking and pathways thinking – can help you deal with problems positively. 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

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

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.

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
  • Q & A sessions
  • demonstrations by the trainer
  • practical group activities
  • individual planning activities.

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