Skills For Success


Everyone Can Develop Skills for Success


An Invitation to participate in an innovative program which improves lives and work 

environments through practical changes and skills building.


Skills for SUccess

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute has traditionally provided essential skills-based self-esteem education to high-risk, underserved people and the professionals who serve them.  By practicing self-esteem principles, our participants learn how to make healthy life choices, gain confidence to meet challenges, and become economically independent.  Our educational Institute has served thousands of clients and service providers and is the only organization of its kind dedicated to delivering self-esteem  educational programs as the foundation for changing people’s lives.  Our exciting Skills for Success Program is based on the latest research on self-esteem development. The information in each unit is pivotal to the development of self-respect and self-efficacy, the two main characteristics of people with high self-esteem.

The teaching staff at Self Esteem Boston uses a self-esteem based approach to training which encourages self-discovery. Our interactive workshops combine exciting presentations by our expert staff with experiential activities and discussion to engage workshop participants in cooperative learning. By creating an atmosphere of acceptance and trust, ideas are shared freely and new knowledge is more easily assimilated. Relaxation, variety and fun combine to create the high interest level necessary for optimal retention and positive change.

All of our programs are based on the idea that self-esteem influences all aspects of our lives. How we think about ourselves determines how we think about others. If we are able to acknowledge our inherent self-worth and hold firm in the belief that we are capable of learning, changing, and growing, then we can live more peacefully and more cooperatively. The Skills for Success Program provides participants with the tools and skills necessary for the attainment of a happy, peaceful and productive life.

Educators, parents, business and government leaders agree that we need to help individuals develop healthy or high self-esteem.  What does that mean? Tolerance and respect for others, responsibility for one’s actions, integrity, pride in accomplishments,  self-motivation, a willingness to take responsible risks, the capability of handling criticism,  responding to  challenges and setting worthwhile and demanding goals, as well as becoming trusting, confident and respectful of one’s decisions, abilities and self-worth.

Self-esteem is developed through an internal, educational approach, using interactive exercises, which ultimately helps us succeed at work and in life.  At Self-Esteem Boston Educational Institute, our mission and focus to build self-esteem through diverse direct client service programs serving homeless and domestic violence shelters, pre-release prison groups, substance treatment and recovery residences as well as other at-risk groups facing critical needs.

Self Esteem Boston’s “Skills For Success” program is an intervention designed to 1) help people navigate life’s challenges and instill a sense of their own competency and self-worth; and 2) help people affirm their right to success and happiness. 


Decision Making Unit

A major ingredient for success is the clear and logical thought process involved in effective decision making. The participant will learn effective methods to alleviate anxiety around decision making and make problem solving fun.

DM-01:  Evaluating Your Alternatives

Making good decisions is about choosing from among alternatives to find the one that fits you best. Learn a technique for assessing alternatives and improving decision making skills. Gain awareness of the impact of decisions on all aspects of life. Learn how thoughtful decision making can increase self-esteem.

DM-02:  A Tool for Decision Making

Making healthy decisions means balancing your thoughts and emotions, considering all angles of each option.  Learn a technique to make better decisions.
Increase confidence in decision making skills. Discover the feelings and opinions of others through group interaction. Build self-esteem by improving decision making skills.

DM-03:  Problem Solving Skills Assessment

Seeing problems as challenges creates the opportunity to learn and grow. Assess problem solving skills to identify strengths and weaknesses. Discover ways to improve problem solving skills. Learn about the feelings and opinions of others through group interaction. Understand how effective problem solving increases self-trust and self-esteem.

DM-04:  Brainstorming

Problem-solving “outside the box” is easier in a relaxed and supportive group.
Discover a creative approach to problem solving. Learn guidelines for brainstorming. Learn how healthy attitudes about creative conflict resolution can increase self-esteem.

DM-05:  Creating a Plan of Action 

Resolving a problem often means taking concrete steps to make a change.  Learn about action plans. Learn how to work with others to clarify issues. Develop a workable solution to a challenging situation. Build confidence by creating and following a plan. 

Goal Setting Unit

A major source of self-esteem is the ability to create and accomplish realistic and desirable goals. The participant will learn the value of using the guidelines of goal setting to lead to an experience of success. 

GS-01:  Goal Setting Skills Assessment

Setting and completing a goal affects our sense of competence and strengthens our self-esteem.
Assess skills and attitudes around goal setting.
Identify ways to improve goal setting skills.
Learn about the feelings and opinions of others through group interaction.
Understand how achieving goals builds self-esteem.

GS-02:  Goal Setting Guidelines

Some goals we set are unattainable and inevitably lead to failure.
Learn guidelines for goal setting that increases success rates.
Build confidence by creating realistic goals.
Develop healthy attitudes about success.

GS-03:  Goal Contracts

Effective goal-setting includes a few key elements that lead to increased motivation and success.
Create a personal contract for an important goal.
Break down the goal into achievable steps.
Learn the value of rewards for accomplishing a goal.
Create an affirmation for success.

GS-04:  Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles

Resilience is the ability to overcome obstacles, and is an important part of self-esteem.
Increase awareness of obstacles to your goals.
Learn how to use visualization to achieve goals.
Acknowledge the power of inner strength to overcome obstacles.

GS-05:  Keys to Success

What makes some people so successful? What do they know that everyone else does not?
Learn about the key components of success.
Discover ways to increase success rates and stay motivated.
Develop a positive attitude toward success.

Motivation Unit

Motivation is a key component for maintaining a productive and responsible lifestyle. Participants will learn how to motivate themselves and seek positive reinforcement from available resources.

MO-01:  Positive Attitude Assessment

Positive thinking opens you up to opportunities and keeps you motivated to reach your goals. Assess your attitude for strengths and find areas for improvement. Discuss how to develop a more positive attitude. Learn about the feelings and opinions of others through group interaction. Understand how attitude affects motivation and self-esteem.

MO-02:  The Path to Your Dreams

Using the imagination to visualize what you want is a way of motivating yourself at a very deep level. Learn how to use creative imagery for personal growth. Discover the mind’s power to create a life of happiness. Explore how a sense of self-worth affects your life.

MO-03:  Wisdom to Know the Difference

We are more motivated when we stop trying to change things that are out of our control and focus on things in our power. Learn more about the limits of power and control. Focus on the areas in life where change is possible. Gain acceptance of what is outside your control. Build peace of mind and self-esteem by developing acceptance and taking responsibility for life.

MO-04:  Guidelines for Self-Motivation

Motivate yourself and get out of the rut. Learn guidelines for self-motivation.
Find ways to increase success rates. Build confidence on the road to success.
Discover how self-motivation leads to increased self-esteem.

Participants will:

  • Build their self-confidence
  • Enhance feelings of self-worth
  • Develop social and economic goals
  • Communicate with confidence
  • Ability to make good decisions
  • Confidence in managing money
  • Facilitators Guide
  • Activity Sheets
  • Pre and Post Evaluation Tools


  • You’ll likely witness an increase in both employee satisfaction and retention from staff feeling both valued and motivated – this very well might mean they’ll enjoy their work to a greater degree and be more willing to go that extra mile for your clients!
  • Develop higher functioning, and more effective and productive teams
  • Build client confidence communication and advocacy skills – these should reduce recidivism and relapse, and increase clients’ chance of success!
  • Feeling of self-empowerment
  • Attitude toward money
  • Ability to set personal and career goals
  • Ability to be self-assertive
  • Ability to Communicate Strengths
  • Ability to create a clear career path


  • Ready-to-use, easily implemented presentations, lesson plans, and facilitator’s guide – saving you extensive planning time and the associated costs of developing your own training program
  • Interactive activities and exercises to help clients develop skills to overcome barriers to reach their goals
  • Evaluation tools to measure client program outcomes
  • Multi-language material – English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Arabic



Our Skills for Success curriculum is an expanded life skills program which develops basic self esteem tools and essential personal skills such as setting and achieving goals, positive communication, and effective parenting, leadership skills, learning how to work successfully with others, and sustaining accountability.

*These materials are for educational and informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Self Esteem Boston makes no representations regarding the results of following the program set out in these materials.