Talent catch up – Positive thinking

Another month, another great Talent catch-up!

On Friday 14 September, 40 graduates, cadets, scholars and VET cadets came together at Petersham for a half-day session on ‘Positive Thinking’.

People with positive mindsets have better health and relationships and are generally more successful. That’s why during this session, the Talent Programs team and participants explored the neuroscience behind positivity and looked at practical strategies to help you become a positive presence in your team.

One of these strategies is the ‘gratitude activity’. Grateful people are more stress resistant, alert, compassionate and forgiving.

Gratitude is a habit we need to actively create. Participants were encouraged to take 10 minutes every day to reflect on what they are grateful for. For example:

  • What food are you most grateful for?
  • What moment this week are you most grateful for?
  • What talent or skill do you have that you are grateful for?

By thinking about gratitude every day, your brain will strengthen this neural connection and become familiar with the activity. This will make it easier for you to be a more grateful person. This process is called ‘neuroplasticity’ – when your brain changes its automated response to an experience.

For more information on the ‘gratitude activity’ and other positive-thinking strategies, check out the slide pack from the session here.

Eric Ngo, Infrastructure and Services Cadet, said, “It was such a fascinating session! One lesson I took away from it was how to rephrase negatives comments to be more positive. It really opened my mind and I encourage more participants to attend.”

The Talent Programs catch-ups are a wonderful opportunity to network, develop professionally and build a range of soft skills that make you more employable. These skills include self-awareness, communication, collaboration, and negotiating and influencing.

The next workshop will held on Friday 12 October and will focus on interview skills. Come and see an example of what a good interview looks and sounds like. This will help you understand what’s expected of you once you start applying for roles.

Another month, another great Talent catch-up!

On Friday 14 September, 40 graduates, cadets, scholars and VET cadets came together at Petersham for a half-day session on ‘Positive Thinking’.

People with positive mindsets have better health and relationships and are generally more successful. That’s why during this session, the Talent Programs team and participants explored the neuroscience behind positivity and looked at practical strategies to help you become a positive presence in your team.

One of these strategies is the ‘gratitude activity’. Grateful people are more stress resistant, alert, compassionate and forgiving.

Gratitude is a habit we need to actively create. Participants were encouraged to take 10 minutes every day to reflect on what they are grateful for. For example:

  • What food are you most grateful for?
  • What moment this week are you most grateful for?
  • What talent or skill do you have that you are grateful for?

By thinking about gratitude every day, your brain will strengthen this neural connection and become familiar with the activity. This will make it easier for you to be a more grateful person. This process is called ‘neuroplasticity’ – when your brain changes its automated response to an experience.

For more information on the ‘gratitude activity’ and other positive-thinking strategies, check out the slide pack from the session here.

Eric Ngo, Infrastructure and Services Cadet, said, “It was such a fascinating session! One lesson I took away from it was how to rephrase negatives comments to be more positive. It really opened my mind and I encourage more participants to attend.”

The Talent Programs catch-ups are a wonderful opportunity to network, develop professionally and build a range of soft skills that make you more employable. These skills include self-awareness, communication, collaboration, and negotiating and influencing.

The next workshop will held on Friday 12 October and will focus on interview skills. Come and see an example of what a good interview looks and sounds like. This will help you understand what’s expected of you once you start applying for roles.

Page published: 27 September 2018, 15:14