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What’s Stopping Me? – Workshop 6


Leadership is designed to explore views and ideas on what Leadership means at a general level. It will also assist students to begin developing their current and potential leadership skills, aptitudes and competencies, and enhance their self-confidence to identify and embrace with a positive can-do attitude, leadership opportunities and options as they unfold.

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What is stopping me from achieving my dream and building my self-confidence?

Successful leaders are confident and courageous and inspire these qualities in others. The aim of this workshop is to develop self-confidence and to explore what might be stopping you from achieving your dreams, goals and ambitions. The Workshop will emphasise what you have control over, it will help you become more self aware of the obstacles, hindrances and ‘chatter’ which block you from achieving your full potential. During the workshop you will explore three areas: Fears; Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTS) and Limiting Beliefs. It will conclude with generating some ideas on to how to overcome these challenges, acknowledge the significance of positive affirmations and set a course of action towards success.

Lesson Goals

By the end of this workshop, participants will have begun a process which will enable them to:

  • Identify the personal obstacles that may block your progress
  • Focus in particular on Fears and how the negative effect they can have on development
  • Define Limiting Beliefs and embrace strategies/ways to reduce their impact
  • Understand what Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTS) are and how to reject them
  • Embrace the power of positive affirmations
  • Start your Journey to success


  • Activity Sheets
    • Review of Video- Part A & part B on one Activity Sheet
    • Facing my ANTS, Feelings and Fears
    • Review & Reflection on Workshop
  • Handout Material
    • None for this Workshop
  • AV Facilities
  • Pens/Paper

Lesson Plan

Part 1 – 40 Minutes

5 mins: Introduction & Link to Previous Workshop if appropriate
10 mins: Video on Achieving Dreams – ( Activity Sheet 6.a. – Part A)
5 mins: Class discussion and sharing of Learning from Video
15 mins: What’s holding me Back: Let’s Identify our Fears Input – Complete Activity Sheet (Activity Sheet 6.a – Part B)
5 mins: Class/Group Trends relating to Fears
Subtotal 40

Part 2 – 40 Minutes

10 mins: Introduction to Coping Strategies & Techniques
10 mins: Facing my ANTS, Feelings and Fears (Activity Sheet 6.b.)
10 mins: Re-framing the 7 Fears
5 mins: Positive Affirmations
5 mins: Reflection & Close (Activity Sheet 6.c.)
Subtotal 40

Total 80 minutes to complete Workshop


First Class

DREAM – Motivational Video