NSA Courses

Adopting Growth Mindset to Improve Learning, Ability, and Inner Motivation

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education ([email protected])


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


Adopting a growth mindset helps maintain your brain plasticity by challenging yourself, stimulating your brain, changing the way you think, and expanding your learning experiences. This workshop enables you to capture fulfilment and live a robust lifestyle that is purposeful and meaningful.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Shift perspectives from focusing on what is not there anymore, to seeing the potential of the future. 
  • Recognise the importance of deliberate practice to grow, learn and change
  • Adopt a more positive outlook on failure and utilise it as a source of inspiration and personal growth
  • Understand how brain plasticity influence beliefs about intelligence, skills, and capabilities
  • Create simple adjustments to your daily routine to build your physical resilience and capacity
  • Improve your relationship with stress and start tapping into it as a driver of motivation and productivity
  • Push yourself out of your comfort zone and take calculated risks to accelerate your personal development
  • Cultivate a positive and resilient mindset by noticing and reframing negative thoughts using mindful awareness


INTRODUCTION: Determining your current mindset

  • Quiz: The mindset check-up
  • Beliefs we carry about ourselves
  • Myths about capabilities, learning and intelligence

MODULE ONE: Unpacking the two mindsets

1.1 The main difference between fixed and growth mindset
1.2 The definition of a growth mindset
1.3 What is a fixed mindset?
1.4 Debunking common misconceptions
1.5 Exercise: Enabling successful aging with growth mindset

MODULE TWO: Fixed mindset triggers

2.1 Exercise: Why we quit on ourselves
2.2 Negative schemas in automatic thinking
2.3 Negative relationship schemas
2.4 Negative world schemas
2.5 Self-Awareness Exercise: Recognizing self-sabotaging hooks

MODULE THREE: Emotional agility

3.1 Utilize emotions to support outcomes, not dictate them
3.2 Detach from emotions: have autonomy over decisions and actions
3.3 Utilizing emotions as data to drive actions
3.4 Identify your core values: Walk your Why
3.5 Create small purposeful adjustments towards a goal
3.6 Self-Regulation Exercise: Affective attentional deployment

MODULE FOUR: Characteristics of growth mindset

4.1 World view
4.2 Challenges
4.3 Encountering difficulty and obstacles
4.4 Effort and the power of “Yet”
4.5 Support from others
4.6 Reflective Exercise: Growth mindset continuum


MODULE FIVE: Learning with growth mindset

5.1Appreciating the role neuroscience in learning
5.2 The link between mistakes and learning
5.3 How brains grow through struggle
5.4 The art of failing forward
5.5 The role of attention and focus
5.6 Shu Ha Ri concept in learning
5.7 The 1% Challenge Exercise: Increasing skills and challenges progressively

MODULE SIX: Cultivating new habits

6.1 The brain’s reward system-motivation
6.2 Facing your thoughts with curiosity and acceptance
6.3 The benefits of trying new things
6.4 Bridges of optimism: PPP to TIE
6.5 The 4 zones: comfort zone, fear zone, learning zone and growth zone
6.6 Moving from comfort zone to growth zone
6.7 Nudges-creating “Can-Do” mindset movers
6.8 Optimism Exercise: Creating Bigger Better Reward Pathways

MODULE SEVEN: Techniques to sustain a growth mindset

7.1 Visualization: Changing negative beliefs
7.2 Reframing: Think, Feel and Act (TFA)
7.3 Presuppositions: Positive thought interventions
7.4 River of Life: Drawing upon past experiences/capitalizing on strengths
7.5 Therapeutic Art Exercise: Build resilience


  • Case studies
  • Role plays
  • Self-evaluation and Introspection
  • Group activities
  • Videos
  • Discussions

This workshop is ideal for people who are keen to enhance the ability to learn, unlearn and relearn to acquire mastery and success in their interest area and to thrive in challenging circumstances.

Standard Course Fee: S$637.20

NSA Funding

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Singapore Citizens (SCs) aged 50 years and above



• National Silver Academy (NSA) Subsidy - Singaporean seniors (aged 50 years and above during year of the course) will receive subsidies up to 50% of the standard course fee, subject to a maximum of $500 per course. For more information, please refer to funding.

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

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Ms Sandra Daniel

Ms Sandra Daniel

Sandra Daniel is a principal trainer, coach, consultant, and a senior  managing partner with Lateral Solutions Consulting. She has a distinguished career which spans over 3 decades specializing  in personal effectiveness, communication strategies, and leadership skills.  She has trained clients from diverse organisations and industries namely, government services, banking, manufacturing, education, insurance, and hospitality.

Sandra Daniel’s Qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Training and Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Communication
  • Management and Innovation
  • Diploma in Training and Development
  • ACTA Certified Trainer
  • Certified ICF Coach, ACC
  • ICAgile Certified Professional Coach
  • EQ Six Seconds Practitioner, Facilitator, Assessor, Brain Profiler and Coach
    Licensed NLP Coach and Master Practitioner
  • Certified Applied Neuroscience Coach
  •  Certified Stress Management Consultant
  • Certified Critical Thinking and Research Analyst
  •  Certified Advanced Behavioural Analyst and DISC Accredited Administrator
  • Certified Behavioural and Career Coach
  • Certified in Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility
  • Enneagram Spectrum Practitioner and Coach
  • Certified Agile Leader (Teams and Organizations)
  • Executive Certificate in Design Thinking
  • Certified SCRUM Master
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Certified Facilitator in Design Leadership and Design Thinking
  •  LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Certified Facilitator