Optimism, Resilience, and Grit: The Recipe for Increasing Your Positivity

Want to be perceived as a more positive, successful leader?

Having trouble managing and navigating challenges and changes at work?  

Need to build strengths in adapting and bouncing back in tough times?

This 2-hour course is just for you.

Work through this course to build a fresh perspective, find new solutions and meaning at work, and be perceived as a positive leader or employee that others want to follow. Optimism is infectious!  

Build Resilience to help you bounce back and overcome challenges as work can be unpredictable. Help yourself and your employees to stay the course with your organization's mission during times of uncertainty and change.

Focus on building passion and perseverance as a long-term skill. Grit is a proven characteristic of exceptional performers at work, school, in the military, and at home. Building Grit is essential, as life and business is a marathon, not a sprint. 

Optimism, Resilience, and Grit are positive psychology skills that can be developed, starting at any time in life. These skills help people to respond and adapt, while building confidence and presence. This course provides a recipe for positivity at work and home, as you learn, apply and practice these competencies. 

Why not start now?

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In this course, you'll learn:

  • Proven methods to increase your Positivity.

  • Ways to strengthen and develop Optimism at work and home.

  • How to build Resilience as a competency to overcome change and challenges.

  • Ways to strengthen Grit as a competency that differentiates exceptional performers from good performers.

  • Benefits of having a strong level of Resilience and work and at home.

  • Characteristics of those with strong Grit.

  • Benefits to practicing Optimism at work and home.

Meet Your Instructor

President and Principal Consultant

Sarah Scala

A dynamic consultant, coach, and educator, Sarah Scala provides organization and leadership development, executive coaching, succession planning, change management, public speaking facilitation, and team development solutions. Her work transforms performance of executives, leaders, and teams, helping them reach their highest potential. She supports US-based and global clients across cultures, generations, geographies, and diverse industries. Sarah teaches for Harvard University's Harvard Ed Portal, and supports clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in industries such as global manufacturing, financial services, legal, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, medical, consulting, media, entertainment, and education. Learn more at sarahscala.com.


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Insights that can turn any organization into a learning organization.

Anthony Cobb, Director of Global Organizational Effectiveness, NIKE

“Sarah is a methodical and purposeful learning professional. She demonstrates a desire to be the best facilitator for any content that she is to deliver. Her attention to detail is outstanding and contributes to her professionalism. She has insights that can turn any organization into a learning organization.”

Outstanding course. Sarah's ability to create an environment where learning was fun and challenging, was very refreshing.

Mark Savoie, Senior Trainer, Entergy

"Outstanding course. Sarah's ability to create an environment where learning was fun and challenging, was very refreshing. If felt as though she was training me personally. I highly recommend this course."

A dynamic presenter able to provide the necessary key components.

Clinical Leader, Greater Nashua Mental Health Center

“Sarah is a dynamic presenter able to provide the necessary key components in a manner that is exciting and concise. She demonstrates knowledge and passion of the material presented making it easier to absorb.”

Very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled facilitator.

Supply Chain Leader, Manufacturing Industry

“I have had the pleasure of attending professional training courses taught by Sarah. She is a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled facilitator. Her teaching methods were creative. She helped me to sharpen my own leadership skills while showing me new, innovative ways to look at situations."

This Course Includes:

  • 24 On-Demand Videos

    Enjoy on-demand video clips where I talk you through key benefits and ways to develop and practice optimism, resilience, and grit.

  • Reflection Exercises

    Learn by completing reflection questions tied to the key learning points at the end of each chapter.

  • Resources

    The course includes recommended blogs, TED Talks, and reading materials, in addition to the videos to support your learning.

  • Quizzes

    Finish chapter ends with a quick quiz to reinforce your learning and understanding.

How Do I Know if This Course is Right for Me?

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Optimism, Resilience, and Grit course:

  • Who Is This Course For?

    Designed to support you both at work AND at Home, this course is for people at all levels of an organization. Learners will benefit from the focus on keeping one's self strong in mind through optimism, resilience, and grit. For organizations, this course helps you to capitalize and strengthen your culture through positive psychology.

  • What will I Learn in this Course?

    Learn proven tips and strategies for strengthening your optimism, resilience, and grit to overcome challenges, and to move ahead in your work and personal life. Through videos, reading, and reflection exercises, we will explore ways to strengthen or teach others optimism, resilience, and grit. You will learn how to strengthen and develop Optimism. We will also explore ways to build Resilience as a competency to overcome change and challenges. The course will end with ways to strengthen Grit as a competency that differentiates exceptional performers from good performers, which impacts business results.

  • How Long Does it take to Complete this Course?

    The course duration is approximately 2 hours. and is broken up into forty short lessons (eight chapters) that include both video and written content. In addition to the course materials, you have the opportunity to complete reflection / homework questions in between each chapter that you can do with your accountability partner, along with watching a few TED Talk videos by experts.

  • Does this Course Provide Certification or Continuing Education Credits?

    Not really. If you want a certificate upon completion, I'm glad to provide one. To be clear, the Optimism, Resilience, and Grit course is intended as a personal learning tool for you, and we don't have an arrangement with entities that require certification or credits. This is an investment in your personal growth.

  • Do you offer refunds?

    Due to the instant delivery of the course content, we do not offer refunds. If you have any questions about the course, please reach out to get your questions answered before you decide to sign up for the class.

  • How is this course taught?

    Through videos, reflection assignments, and TED Talks, we will explore ways to strengthen and develop the competencies of success - Optimism, Resilience, and Grit.

  • What if I get busy for a while and can't finish the course quickly?

    Not a problem, as you have a 365 day membership to the course, so you can return to it when you may be less busy. The course is not designed to be completed in one sitting, and instead builds in reflection time and exercises to complete in between the chapters.

  • How Long Will I Have Access to the Course?

    After enrolling in the course, you will have unlimited access to the course for 365 days. You can come back and watch the videos or review the content whenever you want during this year!


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Engaging course!

Entergy, Training Team Member

"Engaging and interactive course. Sarah did an amazing job of relaying the course content and objectives. Enjoyed the course activities to help practice skills. Would definitely recommend to anyone who will be involved in training."

Engaging and dynamic on a topic that is very important!

Lucy Peterson, SHRM-CP, HRASM Programming Committee Leader

“Sarah gave a presentation on Optimism, Resilience, and Grit. Sarah was prepared and a wonderful and knowledgeable speaker. She was engaging and dynamic on a topic that is very important! We hope she'll be back! Thank you, Sarah!"

Professionalism, enthusiasm, commitment, expertise!

Keith Leistekow, Kohler Company

“Sarah is what I would respectfully refer to as an Energizer Bunny – as she always puts her EVERYTHING into all she does – professionalism, enthusiasm, commitment, expertise and a focus on others learning from the task at hand.”

Highest level of quality and excellence!

Vanessa O'Neil, Training Manager, Gas Technology Institute

"Sarah dedicates herself to the highest level of quality and excellence in every facet of her work. She is highly motivated and self directed and therefore find ways to be successful in whatever roles she's in and challenges she faces."

Fast-paced, interactive style of presentation

Program Director, WECAN

“Sarah‘s fast-paced, interactive style of presentation, laced with just the right amount of humor, held the attention of the participants, with minimal lecture. Sarah was well-informed and backed up her information with documentation and a list of resources for further reference."

Course Curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Optimism: Definition and Habits

    • Optimism Definition

    • Habits of Optimists

    • Assignment: Optimism Habits

    • Assignment: Optimism Test

  • 3

    Optimism: Ways to Build Optimism

    • Ways to Build Optimism

    • Benefits to Thinking Like an Optimist

    • Assignment: Building Optimism

    • Assignment: Optimism Quiz

    • Summary: Optimism

  • 4

    Resilience: Definition

    • Introduction: Resilience

    • Assignment: Resilience Questions

    • Assignment: Read Blog on Resilience

  • 5

    Resilience: Benefits and Ways to Strengthen

    • Introduction: Resilience Benefits and Models

    • Benefits of Resilience

    • Ways to Build Resilience

    • PERMA Model

    • Assignment: Ways to Build Resilience Reflection

    • Assignment: Blog on Resilience

    • Assignment: Resilience Quiz

    • Summary: Resilience

  • 6

    Grit: Introduction

    • Introduction to Grit

    • Grit: Definition

    • Grit Characteristics

    • Assignment: Grit Reflection

    • Assignment: Grit TED TALK YouTube Video

    • Assignment: Grit Test

  • 7

    Grit: Ways to Build

    • Introduction: Building Grit

    • Ways to Build Grit

    • Grit Quiz

    • Assignment: Blog on Grit

    • Summary: Grit

  • 8

    Transfer Your Learning to Work and Home

    • Welcome Back!

    • Keeping your Learning Sharp

    • Final Quiz: Optimism, Resilience, and Grit

    • Course Evaluation

    • Course Summary


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