Staying Positive In Challenging Situation | Newsletter – February 2022

For many people, the pandemic has caused disarray and uncertainty, and it is easy to become anxious and sceptical. However, there are many things we still have control over, and one of those is our attitude. A positive attitude can go a long way in times of stress. Positive thinking stimulates the growth of nerve connections, improves attentiveness, increases mental productivity, and helps you think and analyse more efficiently. Keeping it positive, especially in the dark times, is more important than we probably realize. In fact, it’s crucial for your good health.

Life is hardly ever the fairy-tale we hope it’ll be. Twists and turns and unexpected curveballs sometimes make it hard to keep your head above water. Learning ways to stay positive during the hardest times is something that comes with age and experience, but when you do figure it out — and subsequently realize you’re stronger than ever — there’s a comfort to be found in knowing that life might be tough, but you’re tougher, and nothing’s going to get you down.

Negative thinking is like a giant wall. It closes you in, keeps you from accomplishing goals, and stops you from moving forward in life—whether you’re trying to learn, grow, or just be happy. A negative attitude will also hold a student back from his or her true potential. What’s one way to stop this from happening? By encouraging a positive attitude. Having a positive attitude often leads to positive outcomes. 

The last two years have been difficult for most people – there are more stressors about physical health, many people are suffering financial difficulty, and you may have found lockdown difficult to deal with. With so much going on in the world, and so many negative news stories, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are plenty of day-to-day difficulties that we faced even before COVID. All of these have a chance of impacting your mental health and resilience, which is why it’s important to check in with your feelings and make sure that you’re taking the time to build yourself up.

Here Are a Few Ways on How to Stay Positive

Life is constantly throwing unexpected challenges at us — so here’s how to stay positive no matter what.

  • Change Your Perspective – Being positive starts with changing your perspective on how you see things. If you believe something is negative, then it probably will be (and vice versa). Challenge that negativity by embracing the mindset of a fixer and a doer. If there’s a will, there’s a way! That’s truly how to stay positive.
  • Take A Step Back – Take a deep breath, and take a step (or two) back. Let go of your negative energy, let go of the anger and resentment, and focus on improving and finding a positive. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to find it.
  • Be Mindful – To stay positive means being self aware and in touch with your feelings. Don’t let fear take over and have you convinced that things won’t work out for the best. Accept the criticism that comes your way, and know that most things in life aren’t personal.
  • Create A Positive Environment – Surround yourself with positive people that bring you up, support you, and want only the best for you. Avoid bringing yourself into situations that don’t add anything to your happiness — they are a waste of your precious time.
  • Reduce Materialism & Ideals – Our modern society puts all kinds of ideas into our heads — that we have to be a certain way and have certain luxurious, material things in order to be a worthy person. But before social media and television, we never needed such things to self-justify. Get rid of these ideals, and focus on the reality, not what you think you should be.
  • Follow Your Passion – Do what you love! When it comes to being positive, you have to surround yourself with things and people that make you feel good. For example, if creative writing is your passion, then do that! Even if it’s not your current job, make sure to find the time for the things that bring you joy.
  • Practice Being Grateful – Being grateful for what we have can help us see how many amazing things we have in our lives, and help us focus on the good. Being stuck on our problems and what we don’t have will never get us anywhere. Keep a journal or a diary to express your daily gratitude, even for the smallest things.

How Does Staying Positive Benefit You?

There’s no doubt about it that being positive can benefit every aspect of your life. Being positive has been found to improve health and increase longevity. In fact, it’s been found that those with a positive attitude can add as much as 10 years to their lives!

Being positive has also been found to help with career advancement, team building, financial success, and even with athletic performance for those that have emotions such as gratitude and appreciation. When it comes to relationships, positive people tend to have more friends, which is key to happiness and living a long life. Couples with a more positive-to-negative ratio of interactions are also found to last longer.

Understanding Positive Thinking and Self-Talk

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of a lack of information or expectations due to preconceived ideas of what may happen.

Here are some examples of negative self-talk and how you can apply a positive thinking twist to them: Putting positive thinking into practice

Negative self-talkPositive thinking
I’ve never done it before.It’s an opportunity to learn something new.
It’s too complicated.I’ll tackle it from a different angle.
I don’t have the resources.Necessity is the mother of invention.
I’m too lazy to get this done.I couldn’t fit it into my schedule, but I can re-examine some priorities.
There’s no way it will work.I can try to make it work.
It’s too radical a change.Let’s take a chance.
No one bothers to communicate with me.I’ll see if I can open the channels of communication.
I’m not going to get any better at this.I’ll give it another try.

If you tend to have a negative outlook, don’t expect to become an optimist overnight. But with practice, eventually, your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You may also become less critical of the world around you.

To conclude – It can be hard to constantly stay positive, but it’s important to keep your head up and always trust that everything will be ok. When it comes to how to stay positive, the secret lies in the power of positive thinking. While our life circumstances might not always be in our hands, the way we think sure is!

An Inspiring Story of Hope to Give You Strength in Hard Times

This is a story of hope that completely changed my mindset during all this Coronavirus madness. It’s the story of a most inspiring man, about his perseverance and survival even in the hardest of times. I hope this story can help remind all of us that we have so much strength inside. We just have to look for it.

“I got an email from a travel magazine that wanted to interview me for a feature on their site. They sent me a list of questions to answer. One of the questions was: who do you look up to? Is there someone in your life that has inspired you? I immediately thought about my grandpa. I remembered the story he used to tell me about his life over and over again when I was a kid.

As some of you may know, I’m originally Armenian and my grandpa is actually a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. When he was just a young kid, he had to flee with his family after seeing horrible things that no human being should see in their life. He arrived in Lebanon with only the clothes on his back leaving absolutely everything behind. They came to a country that was so different from what they were used to at a time when there was no technology like today. They didn’t speak the language; they had no money and they had no idea how to survive. They were so poor that they used to share a piece of bread every day for the whole family. No one complained about it. They lived with it because they had no other choice. My Grandpa didn’t have enough money to go to school, but he was so determined to change his reality. He used to sneak into a nearby school secretly and try to borrow books from other students during break time. He told me that he used to look for pencils that other students used to throw away. The pencils were so small that he would barely be able to write with them because he couldn’t afford to even have a pencil of his own.

One day, a teacher realized what he was doing and she told him that he can come to school whenever he wants. She gave him a chance to attend classes even though he couldn’t pay for them. A few months later, he was the top student in the whole school. The teacher was so proud of him, that she wanted to bring him up on stage to congratulate him in front of the whole school. Instead of feeling happy, my grandpa started to cry. The teacher didn’t understand why. She was holding his hand ready to take him up on stage, but he wouldn’t stop crying. He turned to his teacher and told her that he was ashamed to go on stage because his clothes and shoes were so old and worn out. The teacher insisted that he goes on stage anyway and everyone started to clap for him. That was the day he realized that he can do anything even if all the odds are against him. “

RESOURCES:

  1. Article on Ways to Stay Positive During Tough Times
  2. Staying Positive in Difficult Times (Mentally and Emotionally)
  3. Video on Staying Positive
  4. Ted Talk on Simple Trick to Improve Positive Thinking

“If you are positive, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles.” – Widad Akrawi

Update on Skill Development & Training

In the new cohort, currently, in the 2nd year (1438), 699 students completed the English program with Enguru 739 scholars with Hello English program. 175 scholars are starting the Aptitude program with FACE and 175 scholars with Ethnus

The Campus to Corporate “Skills Training Program” supported by Capgemini (1460 scholars) 484 students are in the Hi-touch English program by eAge Tutors, 713 in the Coursera program, and 30 in the Skill Lync program. A batch of 67 students from 2nd and 3rd-year Computer Science & IT streams completed camp 1 on Front End Development in the IBM Skill Build program on December 21st. The 2nd batch with 111 scholars are in camp 2 on “Artificial Intelligence” from Dec 10th

This year, the 2nd year students in Law (18) and Pharma (52) cohorts are also enrolled in the English program with Enguru. The course was completed on 31st Jan. The Pharma scholars are also in the Coursera program.

FLY (Finding the Leader in You) Program in partnership with CMI and IIT-Gandhinagar

The 12-days workshop was conducted in Jan with a batch of 34 students. This comprises of 2nd year Engineering scholars. This workshop is conducted by CMI – Competitive Mindset Institute Inc and designed to teach noncognitive skills for the personality and character development of students.

Soft Skill Training programs and webinars for Medical FFE scholars

Qmed – Medical Literature searching course for research and study is going on for 66 Medical scholars. 

English Training for Medical scholars

A pilot batch of 134 Medical scholars mostly from the 2nd year is currently enrolled in the Enguru App-based English program.

Medical Webinar – A panel discussion on Mental Health – Stress Handling and Coping up with Anxiety was conducted on 9th Jan for all medical scholars There were around 230 participants.

KPMG Soft skill sessions – Like last year, KPMG conducted a series of soft skill sessions for Engineering scholars on topics like Resume Building, Interview handling tips, and tricks, Future of work, and Personal Branding from 4th – 25th January.

Oracle Technical sessions – Oracle sessions are currently doing the technical courses for CS scholars of 2nd and 3rd years of engineering on topics like Augmented Reality – today and tomorrow, Real-time applications of Machine Learning Algorithms, Free IT certifications for a better Career Launch, Search Engine Optimization & Agile Project Management in the month of Feb 22.

Ananya sessions – ANANYA has been conducting sessions for Civil Electrical Mechanical, Electronics, and also Computer Science sessions for 3rd and 4th years scholars on various technical topics.

Placement Update

  • From the 2020-21 graduating batch of 889 Engineering students, 95.5% (981) is placed; 620 have secured jobs and 226 have opted for higher studies while 4.5% students (43) are seeking employment.
  • From the 2021-22 graduating batch of 1256 Engineering students (current final year), 78% (858) are placed; 773 have secured jobs and 208 have opted for higher studies. The remaining 275 students are attending campus interviews.

FFE is thankful to its corporate partners Geberit Plumbing Technology India Private Limited, O9 Solutions, Altimetrik India Pvt. Limited, Capgemini TechnologyServices India Limited, KPMG Assurance, and Consulting Services LLP, TraneTechnologies, Ingersoll Rand, Thomson Reuters, Thoughtworks for offering Placement opportunities to FFE’s batch of 2019-20, 2020-21 & 2021-22.

Below are toppers in the Coursera training program. They have been issued gift vouchers, based on their performance. Congratulations to all of you!

Coursera Program Topper for the month of January 2021-22
Sanket KulkarniPune Institute of Computer Technology
Abhinandan TailorMalaviya National Institute of Technology. Jaipur
Prince ChauhanNational Institute of Technology, Calicut
Md Mujib AlamBIT Sindri, Dhanbad
Subhashri SakthivelCollege of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai

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