Educating Your Mind
MIND 4 LIFE
The need for children and adolescents to be able to manage their thoughts, feelings and emotions has never been more urgently needed.
The perceived pressure from society, technology and the stress they put on themselves means that we have to find a way to prevent our children from being hijacked by their minds and installing unhelpful and potentially damaging messages in the system.
Relying on health services to pick up the pieces after it's happened is not enough and as the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure!
We would also like our children to be able to get the best out of themselves in life after all of the hard work they put into gaining qualifications and doing their very best.
Our brains are complex machines and unless we train ourselves to use them effectively we will always be working at less than optimum performance and constantly returning to correct the mistakes we’ve made.
Understanding why we and others think and behave the way we do is an essential skill for students and teachers and understanding why we sometimes get hijacked by those thoughts is essential for everyone!
WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED
Using this programme allows us to look at how we develop purpose and direction for staff and create the conditions for building great teams and businesses.
We do this by giving your people:
Knowledge of why they behave the way they do
Insight into how this affects them on a day to day basis, introduce some
Skills that they can use to improve their lives and then reinforced with ongoing
Support to ensure they stay on the right track. (yes I know the acronym is KISS but didn't want to make it too obvious!)
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT OUR WORK
The development sessions from Paul at OptimizeYou have really helped communication and relationships within the team.
Tolerance and acceptance of our ‘chimps’ means that situations that might otherwise blow up into a dispute simply do not and instead we can smile and sympathise with a colleague whose chimp has taken over e.g. Last week one of the team gave a rather abrupt response to a colleague, promptly said ‘that was my chimp’, and we all laughed.
It sounds like a small thing but understanding each other makes for a much happier team, who then work better together and so are more productive and more likely to stick together.
One team member in particular who was not achieving her potential, and was not in a happy place, has really blossomed. She has self-belief, greater confidence and as a result is taking on roles at work that she wouldn’t have a year ago. I’m very grateful for the extra support she has received.
Instead of potentially losing her, I have a highly productive team member who can look forward to developing and progressing her career further.
The content is tailored to the needs of the school but some of the topics we cover are
Understand how your mind functions
How you can affect the behavior of yourself and others
Helping students get the best out of themselves
Dealing with difficult situations
How social media has an effect on you
Responding or Reacting - you choose
Creating environments and cultures that enhance performance
Communication the right way
Becoming a Leader and developing others
Dealing with setbacks and challenges
Learning how to improve your chances of being successful, confident and happy.
So what can we do? Well the one thing we do is educate children and young adults how to take control of their own minds. This approach has many benefits including a life long knowledge of their behaviour, the skills to be able to change it and how to manage the incoming messages from friends, society and the feelings and emotions created by themselves.
Our programmes are built around the key approaches of improving emotional skills and practical learning on how to put these skills into use. We also look at how we develop purpose and direction for students and create the conditions for building great people.