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The Optimal Mindset

with Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

Course Overview

You know that you are supposed to be self-compassionate and not judge yourself so harshly. You know that you shouldn’t get so discouraged with things don’t go smoothly. You know you shouldn’t feel so much anxiety about the future. You know that you should be enjoying the journey, not just the destination.

But if you are like most of us, you don’t know HOW to actually do these things.  How can you really break the cycle of self-criticism and dejection? How can you bring yourself to appreciate the moment you are in, when you are so worried about what’s coming down the road?

In this course, you’ll learn the answer: change your MINDSET from

wanting to BE GOOD
to
wanting to GET BETTER

Because it turns out (and we’ve got the research to prove it), when we think about what we do in terms of getting better, rather than being good, we see our world and ourselves in a whole new way.

In this 4-week class work with Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson to learn what science says about how mindsets work, where they come from, and how you can change yours.

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Who Should Attend?

Everyone. Because in this day and age, we are all guilty of way too much Be Good thinking.

What You'll Learn

Week 1:  Being Good vs. Getting Better  
At work, do you feel like you are always trying to prove that you have ability, or are you focused on developing your ability?  
Do you want to show that you are smart, or do you want to get even smarter
In your relationships, do you seek validation that you are a good partner, or are you trying to become a better one?
These two ways of looking at everything we do determine how we think, what we feel, and whether or not we ultimately succeed in reaching our goals. Learn how they have shaped your life.

Week 2:  Where do mindsets come from?  
Our childhoods, our culture, our beliefs…. learn how your thoughts and experiences have determined the mindset you use to make sense of your world.

Week 3:  Mindset and your emotions
Learn how our emotional experiences – joy, anxiety, depression, and anger – are influenced by our mindsets.  Your mindset determines not only what you feel, but whether or not you cope with those feelings in a positive, adaptive way.

Week 4:  Adopting the Optimal Mindset
If you’ve been walking around with a Be Good mindset all your life, how can you rid yourself of it and adopt the Get Better mindset instead?  Mindsets are like habits – they become automatic unless we train our brains to do things differently.  In this last class, we’ll practice proven techniques for shifting your mindset, so that you can start living your life in a whole new way.

What You’ll Get Out of the Course

  • You’ll learn how to be more self-compassionate.
  • You’ll learn how to truly enjoy the journey as well as the destination.
  • You’ll learn how to feel resilient in the face of setbacks and disappointments.
  • You’ll learn a series of scientifically-tested techniques you can use to start changing your mindset right now.
  • You’ll discover that all this self-compassion, enjoyment, and resilience makes you more successful at reaching your goals.  In other words, you will have your cake, and eat it, too.

About Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson is a motivational psychologist, speaker, and author of Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals and Nine Things Successful People Do Differently. She is also the Associate Director of Columbia University’s Motivation Science Center, and a popular blogger for Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Wall Street Journal, writing about how people can use the findings from the science of motivation in their own lives. Her research on goals and well-being has been published in some of the field’s most prestigious journals, and she was the co-author and editor of the highly acclaimed academic handbook The Psychology of Goals.

Praise for Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

“Heidi Grant Halvorson knows just about everything there is to know about setting goals and reaching them. In Succeed, she shares this knowledge with you. She takes all the latest research in psychology, distills it to its essence, and makes it practical.”
— Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. is the Lewis & Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of bestseller Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

"SUCCEED succeeds big-time! Rare is a book that is both brilliant and practical, entertaining and rigorous, easy to read and deep. SUCCEED is such a book. If you want to bolster your level of success and in general lead a happier life, this book is for you!"
— Dr. Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist and bestselling author of Delivered from Distraction, CrazyBusy, Superparenting for ADD, and Dare to Forgive.

"Once every ten years or so, someone says something original in the area of personal development. Heidi Grant Halvorson is that someone. If you have ever failed at something or are seeking to accomplish something, Succeed is a must read."
— Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life and The Dream Manager

"If you have goals, then you should read this book. If you manage others or are in a position to help others achieve their goals, then you have to read this book! It's filled with fascinating studies revealing the secrets of success. But Heidi Grant Halvorson goes beyond the studies to show us how to apply them and save us years of struggle. This book is a keeper."
— Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners, author of "How We Work", Harvard Business Publishing's most popular blog, and the forthcoming 18 Minutes: Find your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. (Business Plus, 2011)

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Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson is a motivational psychologist, speaker, author of SUCCEED: How We Can Reach Our Goals, blogger for Huff Post, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, SmartBrief, and Psychology Today. Learn more about Dr. Heidi Grant »

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