Secrets of Success: Self-Control, Gratitude, and a Growth Mindset

From: $93.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 8th–12th

Live Class: Thurs 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Course dates: Jan 3–Feb 18, 2022

Price: $249

Instructor: Bonnie Gonzalez

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Course Description


This is the second in a series of mini-courses that looks at the characteristics of what those who succeed have in common – in life, in business, and in the classroom. Aim Academy instructor and licensed professional counselor, Bonnie Gonzalez unpacks each secret to success in her highly interactive classes, and she shows you how to develop it in your life. Students and parents are both encouraged to sign-up for these unique classes.

Self-Control, Gratitude, and a Growth Mindset are the three qualities that are necessary for success.

Could you pass the Marshmallow Test?  Or better yet, do you even know what the Marshmallow Test is? Over 40 years ago, psychologist Walter Mischel designed a test to measure self-control in children with, you guessed it, marshmallows.

In the years since, Mischel tested kids, and spent a good deal of time examining what it takes to develop our own self-control. From identifying the hot and cool systems of the brain to refocusing our thoughts on the non-essential elements of a temptation, this class will help you to manage your temptations by learning strategies for waiting and for saying no.

In 1998, Martin Seligman coined the phrase ”positive psychology” and began a revolution in the field of psychology. This revolution illustrates how gratitude is but one aspect of this new way of viewing human thought and emotion. Gratitude can be defined as affirming that there are good things in the world and recognizing that the source of this goodness is outside of ourselves (Emmons, 2002). In this class we will be looking at how gratitude benefits us in everything we do, and how to foster this attitude in our own lives.

Finally, a Growth Mindset is one that sees our intelligence and abilities as things that can change and grow. A fixed mindset, on the other hand sees us as “stuck with who we are”.  Developed by Carol Dweck, the concept of developing a growth mindset has livened the field of education and personal development by helping us view our potential and encouraging us to rethink our mistakes and failures. This class will teach you how to change your mindset to one of growth through learning how to set goals, how to fail successfully, and how to use deliberate practice to use those failures to improve brain function.

Course Structure

This 7-week class is the second in the series of the Secrets of Success.  Class meets on Thursday afternoon for a 1.5-hour live lecture and discussion session. Our lecture and discussion time focuses on the application of the principles of self-control, gratitude, and a growth mindset. Students will have the opportunity to view videos which clarify the concepts and foster a better understanding of each of the three secrets. Written lectures and informational websites will also be used to enhance learning.

Who should enroll?

This course is for students in grades 8-12.

Parents, this class is open to you as well, as one free parent registration is offered with each student registration.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Parents will be informed if the student is not participating in the work required. I communicate promptly via email with both parents and students.


I will send a welcome email upon registration. The best way to contact me is through email.

Required Texts


There are no required texts for this course, however, suggested reading includes:

  • Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck
  • The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel
  • Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman

1 review for Secrets of Success: Self-Control, Gratitude, and a Growth Mindset

  1. B.G.

    Thank you for a most excellent and invaluable class. Truly. There are a couple of things I wish every person could be exposed to and learn in school – this is one of them. Everything was organized and presented very well; and, obviously, your ability to communicate the material is exceptional…I thought the whole class was excellent. Anyway, this is just to say how much I, both as a parent and personally, appreciated the class and all you did to make it happen. Thank you.

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Instructor Bio

Bonnie Gonzalez

The field of psychology is not only my career; it is also my passion. You might even call me a “psychology nerd.” Much of my free time is spent reading about new and interesting developments in the field. I have taught Introductory Psychology classes to homeschool students and college students and have taught AP Psychology for the past 13 years. Over the past four years, I also developed a series of self-improvement classes for junior high and high school students on the topics of GRIT, Growth Mindset, Getting Things Done for Teens, and Conquering Procrastination.  My teaching has also taken me into the corporate world where I have developed online seminars for healthcare providers on the topics of stress, communication, job burn-out, anger assessment and management, and boundary setting. I have 39 years of experience as a counselor in the field of individual, marriage, and family counseling where I had the opportunity to instruct individuals in developing new and more productive behaviors.  When I am not reading something new about psychology I enjoy gardening, running, and taking care of my dogs and fainting goats.  My degrees include an M.ED. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A in Psychology, both received from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

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