Six Steps to Maintain your Positive Mindset in 2019 by Laser Systems

Six Steps to Maintain your Positive Mindset in 2019

As we approach the half-way point in the first month of 2019, a lot of us will be feeling a real mixture of emotions, whether it’s settling ourselves back in the monotony of every other year or facing up to the goals we set ourselves to achieve within the next 12 months.

Goals are important, but it can be difficult to keep the motivation accompanied by ‘new year, new you’ messages. If you’re feeling a little lost or need some reassurance, here are a few considerations while you look back on the first two weeks of your year as well as forward to the rest of 2019.

  1. It’s only 14 days

Whether you’ve had a productive first two weeks, stumbled slightly, or have been knocked down completely, it’s only been 14 days. In the grand scheme of your entire year, this is the tip of the iceberg so congratulate yourself on what you’ve achieved so far and don’t berate yourself if it’s not been the start you were hoping for.

You’ve still got 351 days to achieve your goals!

  1. You’re not alone

Launching into something new at the start of the year can feel intimidating. If you’re feeling anxious about getting started it can be helpful to discuss your reservations and fears with others in a similar position. It doesn’t have to be your usual support group, and you might benefit from reaching out to a new group who have experienced what you’re feeling.

It’s surprising how often other people can give us the support we need and it’s worth taking the chance to reach out if you’re feeling unsure.

Similarly, if you are in a position to provide encouragement and support to others then this is the time to step up to the plate. By being a source of encouragement, you can boost your own self-confidence and create a positive environment for you to assess your own goals and experience.

  1. Take small steps and celebrate them

Even if you achieve something very small every day of the year, you’ve achieved 365 things, or taken 365 steps towards your goal. That’s a big achievement!

You don’t have to achieve something every day, and you don’t have to always be moving towards your goal. If you need a break or take some steps backwards you can still achieve so much by recognising the small steps and celebrating them as they happen. Doing this also keeps your goals and achievements in a positive light, rather than only celebrating when you reach a certain milestone or at predetermined times.

  1. Keep going – forget failure

When the ‘new you’ feelings start to fade, and January is behind you, it can be difficult to keep motivation. You might make a few mistakes, fall behind, or stop working towards your goals completely.

Whatever you do, don’t look at this as failure.

Every step you take is a learning experience and you can return to your goals at any time. If you start looking at your year as a set of failed attempts, you’re missing an opportunity to pick up the reigns again and carry on. Finding the strength to keep going can feel impossible, but it’s much more productive to dust yourself off and keep going than to give up entirely.

Also consider whether your circumstances contributed to you feeling like you were failing.

  • Did you have enough time to dedicate to your goals?
  • Did you have the support you needed?
  • Was your goal a realistic one?
  • Did you approach it with a positive mindset or were you waiting for the moment you would fail?

If you can make any changes to remedy these circumstances, then make that your priority before getting back to it.

  1. Your goals are more complex than you might think

If your goal is to develop your leadership skills in 2019 by achieving a CPD course, then you are actually working towards a number of new skills throughout the year.

  • You’re developing your understanding of leadership in terms of knowledge which can be used in the workplace as well as in your everyday life
  • You’re developing your leadership skills which can be used in the workplace as well as in everyday life, whether it’s organising social events or taking control of a situation when the moment arises
  • You’re developing your interpersonal skills
  • You’re building your confidence in the workplace either for a role you already have or are working towards
  • You’re opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and evaluating the skills, and knowledge you already have, with the potential to develop these even further in the future
  • You’re discussing ideas with others, developing relationships, and taking on criticism

All of these developments are just as important as your overall goal and each step you take is building your skills, knowledge, and confidence in the workplace and in your personal life.

  1. Your personal New Year’s Day can be any day you choose

It’s easy to get swept-up in the ‘new year, new you’ mindset in January, but it’s important to remember that your new year can start at any time.

If something happens today that means you can’t achieve your goal, give yourself time to recover and start again when the time is right. That might be 3rd February, mid-June, or next year. It might be never as your goals might change entirely!

Every day is a chance to start again and take a tiny step towards a greater goal. As long as you look at your goals as ongoing and remember that you are developing more than one single outcome, you can continue to make positive developments and changes throughout the year and maybe achieve so much more than you initially thought was possible.


New year, new skills, new knowledge, new confidence

Make Personal Development and Learning your Priority in 2019

January arrives on the coattails of December, a month stuffed to the brim in every way possible, whether it’s social engagements, deadlines, or a dinner plate. December can be just as exhausting as it is exhilarating, and January can feel a bit like salvation with its normal everyday routine and the promise of a fresh start.

With January’s resolutions and resolve it can also feel a little daunting when considering how to get your year off to the best start, especially with an influx of marketing messages asking you to ‘change’ in the new year. However, focusing on development rather than complete change is a healthy way to ease yourself into a new year with a positive start.

Developing your skills and knowledge with learning is an investment you will continue to benefit from year after year and is also an investment that doesn’t demand drastic change.

Why learn something new at the start of 2019?

Community learning helps to combat loneliness

‘The culture of adult learning encourages settings and behaviours that favour connection-making. It can be supportive; inclusive; accessible; respectful; positive and forward-looking; collaborative and social. It also provides a common link – a shared interest in a subject or a shared challenge, but in a largely non-competitive and supported environment.’ – TES

If you learn as part of a community or learn alongside others you will reap the benefits of sharing ideas, conversation, and gaining the experience of others. This could be a community both online or offline, and your contributions to the community will help support the learning of others.

Learning can lead to new opportunities

Developing your skills or learning something new can lead to different opportunities. Whether it’s discovering a love for something you never thought about before, making new friends and connections, or building your confidence in new areas, this can all lead to new opportunities in your life.

Confidence in particularly important and learning something in 2019 doesn’t have to mean taking on a big subject. You might want to learn a bit more about something you already do on a daily basis, or perfect a skill you’ve been meaning to revisit for a while. Dedicating time to yourself and your development can build confidence and self-esteem which in turn can lead to opportunities because you feel more positively about things you may not have done in the past.

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Personal development is part of professional development

Traditionally, learning new skills or developing your knowledge is part of building your work resume. Even if you start small, you may find you have a talent you haven’t given the opportunity to blossom, or that you want to go on to learn something in more detail. All of this can lead to further work opportunities or even a new career path.

Don’t be afraid to approach your employer about personal and professional development around your job role. This is an important part of your employment and it’s important your job role gives you the opportunity to develop.

As an employer, January is the perfect time to encourage staff to develop their skills and knowledge whether it’s for personal or professional outcomes.

If you’re looking for some inspiration and ideas of what to learn, you can see a full list of Laser CPD Short Courses on our website.

NEW The Role of the SENCo CPD short course

Early Identification of SEN and Disabilities in Babies and Young Children | Webinar

For our first week back in 2019, our Short Courses Manager, Sophie, discusses what’s involved in the identification of SEN and disabilities in babies and young children as part of our new The Role of the SENCo CPD short course.

Watch her webinar for further information about the importance of early identification of SEN, how to identify SEN, and useful strategies to be implemented in your setting.

Find out more about The Role of the SENCo CPD short course.

See a full list of available CPD short courses.

Laser Systems Office Closing Times 2018

Office closing times

As part of our advent promotion throughout December 2018, don’t forget that you can get a discount on a short course each day until 2nd January 2019.

Follow us on social media to see each course promoted, either on Twitter or Facebook.

Laser Systems Office Closing Times

If you need to contact us over the Christmas period, please be aware that our offices will close on Monday 24th December at 12pm and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January at 8am. If you need urgent technical support, please contact our out of office number 01753 424 525.

As it is a holiday period, there will be limited support on Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th December, and Tuesday 1st January.

For queries that are not urgent, please email and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

We wish you all a peaceful break if you are celebrating the Christmas period and a fantastic start to 2019.

Laser Learning Year in Review 2018

End of Year Review – 2018

New Lessons in 2018

The content team has been working hard to add new short courses and qualifications with lessons to the laser this year. In total, we added 15 new short courses and 17 new qualifications.

Highlights include:

  • The new CACHE STL suite, which has increased in size and the scope has changed to include learners providing support in colleges. It has also been updated to include radicalisation, mental health, and e-safety.
  • L1 Certificate in Well-being, which encourages learners to make healthy lifestyle choices and support others to do the same. Find out more by watching our webinar on areas of well-being.
  • L3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Settings, which covers the role and responsibilities of the SENCo, strategies and techniques for supporting children and their families (including the local offer, EHC plans, and the graduated approach), principles, guidance and legislation underpinning practice for children with SEND in early years settings, and English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • L5 Diploma in Education and Training, which prepares trainee teachers to teach in a wide range of contexts. The qualification covers planning and developing schemes of work, delivering learning sessions, developing teaching and learning strategies, and assessment practices. Find out more by watching a webinar presented by Laser and NCFE.
  • Teaching Assistant bundle, a new bundle of short courses perfect for learning support practitioners who work with students of all ages to ensure individual needs are met. The bundle covers developing English and Maths skills, promoting positive behaviour, working in partnership on Assessment for Learning, and contributing to learning activities.

When writing lessons for qualifications, we add lessons for all mandatory units and make sure there are enough optional units to achieve the minimum credits, with a handful more for choice and variety.

Feel free to get in contact with us if you would like to chat about the new courses or want any added to your Laser.

Award Nominations and Endorsement

In 2018 Laser Short Courses were finalists in the NMT Nursery Awards and Teach Early Years Awards.

Laser Short Courses awards nominations

We are so proud of the reception our short courses continue to receive and we have many more to be written and produced in 2019.

This year we also secured endorsement from Skills for Care for our health and social care short courses and care certificate. We continue to work closely with NCFE CACHE to delivered endorsed learning resources for full UK qualifications as well endorsed learning programmes as part of our Laser Short Courses.

Laser Systems endorsements

Help Videos and Webinars

Our team have spent time this year creating further help videos and webinars for our YouTube channel in order to provide additional support for those who need guidance around using the Laser as well as guidance on IQA and assessment topics.

If you would like to suggest any further topics for help videos in the future please don’t hesitate to let us know.

International Clients

We’re delighted to say that the Laser continues to be the choice for e-portfolio and learning resources for clients around the world.

Vivette has been in high demand to support clients, new CACHE centres, and IQAs and assessors across the UAE and Asia, and was a guest speaker on the specialist educator panel at the CIIE launch and education retreat on the QE2 in Dubai back in October.

All of us continue to be inspired by each centre’s enthusiasm and passion when it comes to providing the best possible training for their staff from entry level to management.

What’s Happening in 2019?

In January, we will be attending the NMT Agenda (South) in Basingstoke to meet with nursery managers from across the UK.

We will also be guests to support Professor Pat Preedy, Kay Sanderson, and Sir Christopher Ball at the launch of their new book Early Childhood Education Redefined.

In February, Vivette will be back in Dubai to exhibit at the GESS exhibition alongside NCFE CACHE. If you would like to book some time with Vivette while she is in Dubai, please get in touch.

Vivette at CIIE Launch October 2018 on behalf of Laser Learning

Thank You

We have had another wonderful year with some notable achievements, and we would once again like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of our success.

Wishing you all a peaceful break if you are closing down for the Christmas period and a fantastic start to 2019.