Goals & Action

The ability to set goals (whether big or small, personal or professional, individually or as teams) and take effective steps towards achieving them is critical to accomplishing anything in life. Conversely, when we fail to make progress, the dreams and aspirations that we once had get scaled-back, leading to many people performing below their peak and others living with a sense of unfulfilled potential.

Closing the gap between ‘intention’ and ‘action’ is what makes the critical difference. For a lucky few, this seems to come naturally. For many, it is a skill which needs to be learned. For all, it is something which can be improved.

What could be more important for you or for your organisation?

Services Offered: Change Through Unconscious Innovation

Workshop Overview

Setting a goal means envisaging and desiring a future state which is different to the current state. Taking action towards that goal means implementing a series of steps which change the present state to the desired state. This basic mechanism is the same for small everyday goals (e.g., a desire for a cup of tea) through to complex long term goals (e.g., establishing a company). And ultimately, this requires translation of higher cognitive functions into movements in our sensorimotor system.

Movement – away from ‘threats’ and towards ‘resources’ in the environment – has been the key survival mechanism for living organisms for billions of years. It is a central part of our deep biological heritage. It is what we do.

But as humans began to develop higher cognitive functions (language, planning, reasoning, etc.), the key evolutionary advantage started to shift dramatically away from direct movement (action) towards higher cognitive processing. Yet our underlying biological architecture – and its premium on physical action – has remained largely unchanged.

And yet, we still need both: try delivering a speech without moving your tongue muscles or typing up a business plan without moving your fingers!

This workshop focuses on how and why this action gap has developed and its profound implications for modern life and how we interact with our external environment. It provides participants with practical tools and techniques to enable them to get their cognitive and physical systems to align more effectively behind achieving their goals. Thus, effective action moves from feeling forced and difficult to more natural and desirable.

Feedback from previous participants.
Feedback from previous participants.

Approach

There are SMART goals, SMARTER goals, process goals, intermediate goals, performance goals, business goals, personal goals, long-term goals, ad infinitum. There are thousands of books, decades of research and every variety of inspirational approach to raise your motivation towards achieving your goals that you could imagine. There are whole industries and sub-industries developed to help individuals and corporations reach their goals and measure progress along the way. But all the time or performance management tools and techniques in the world cannot escape the fact that, at the end of the day, it comes down to people. But how do people motivate themselves when they are simply not motivated? How can an extrinsic goal (essentially an obligation) become an intrinsic goal (something self-generated)?

This workshop cannot turn inherently unrewarding activities into inspiring pursuits. It also does not focus on organisational process aspects of goal setting and action. Rather, it takes people as its starting point. It seeks to combine our evolutionary past with our cognitive present, helping them work together as opposed to pulling us in different directions. It does not introduce a specific process or management tool (e.g., a time-management tool), but seeks to fundamentally reframe how we think about goals and actions.

It draws heavily on evolutionary biology and cognitive science, combining them with a variety of visualisation, awareness shifting, state change and auto suggestion tools and techniques to create a powerful ability for people to align their actions with their goals in all areas of their lives.

Services Offered: Change Through Unconscious Innovation

WHAT YOU WIL GET

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WHO IS THIS FOR?

For Companies / Organisations

The workshop can be tailor-made for teams, companies and organisations. Please get in contact to discuss your requirements and how we can help.

For Individuals

There are a number of scheduled dates for this workshop which are open to everyone to participate. See the events section for details.

Goals & Action

The ability to set goals (whether big or small, personal or professional, individually or as teams) and take effective steps towards achieving them is critical to accomplishing anything in life. Conversely, when we fail to make progress, the dreams and aspirations that we once had get scaled-back, leading to many people performing below their peak and others living with a sense of unfulfilled potential.

Closing the gap between ‘intention’ and ‘action’ is what makes the critical difference. For a lucky few, this seems to come naturally. For many, it is a skill which needs to be learned. For all, it is something which can be improved.

What could be more important for you or your organisation?

Workshop Overview

Setting a goal means envisaging and desiring a future state which is different to the current state. Taking action towards that goal means implementing a series of steps which change the present state to the desired state. This basic mechanism is the same for small everyday goals (e.g., a desire for a cup of tea) through to complex long term goals (e.g., establishing a company). And ultimately, this requires translation of higher cognitive functions into movements in our sensorimotor system.

Movement – away from ‘threats’ and towards ‘resources’ in the environment – has been the key survival mechanism for living organisms for billions of years. It is a central part of our deep biological heritage. It is what we do.

But as humans began to develop higher cognitive functions (language, planning, reasoning, etc.), the key evolutionary advantage started to shift dramatically away from direct movement (action) towards higher cognitive processing. Yet our underlying biological architecture – and its premium on physical action – has remained largely unchanged.

And yet, we still need both: try delivering a speech without moving your tongue muscles or typing up a business plan without moving your fingers!

This workshop focuses on how and why this action gap has developed and its profound implications for modern life and how we interact with our external environment. It provides participants with practical tools and techniques to enable them to get their cognitive and physical systems to align more effectively behind achieving their goals. Thus, effective action moves from feeling forced and difficult to more natural and desirable.

Feedback from previous participants.

Approach

There are SMART goals, SMARTER goals, process goals, intermediate goals, performance goals, business goals, personal goals, long-term goals, ad infinitum. There are thousands of books, decades of research and every variety of inspirational approach to raise your motivation towards achieving your goals that you could imagine. There are whole industries and sub-industries developed to help individuals and corporations reach their goals and measure progress along the way. But all the time or performance management tools and techniques in the world cannot escape the fact that, at the end of the day, it comes down to people. But how do people motivate themselves when they are simply not motivated? How can an extrinsic goal (essentially an obligation) become an intrinsic goal (something self-generated)?

This workshop cannot turn inherently unrewarding activities into inspiring pursuits. It also does not focus on organisational process aspects of goal setting and action. Rather, it takes people as its starting point. It seeks to combine our evolutionary past with our cognitive present, helping them work together as opposed to pulling us in different directions. It does not introduce a specific process or management tool (e.g., a time-management tool), but seeks to fundamentally reframe how we think about goals and actions. 

It draws heavily on evolutionary biology and cognitive science, combining them with a variety of visualisation, awareness shifting, state change and auto suggestion tools and techniques to create a powerful ability for people to align their actions with their goals in all areas of their lives.

Next Steps

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity and host this workshop in your company or organisation, then please get in contact for further information.

I will be happy to answer any of your questions and provide an introduction to the topics that we will address in the workshop.

Some Practicalities

Target Group & Participants

The workshop is primarily for companies and organisations, though it is also suitable for other groups (e.g., students)

The number of participants is entirely flexible, although clearly the smaller the group, the greater the opportunity for interaction and in-depth learning.

Conversely, the greater the number of participants from a particular team, the more possible it is to explore common goals and collective action.

Timing and Length

Given the size and importance of the topic, it is not recommended to have less than a 3 hour workshop. In this time, it is possible to get an overview of the concepts and introduce basic tools and techniques which will most certainly have an impact. But to make them stick and drive their full, transformative benefit, 3+ days is optimal. It is also entirely possible to break the content into a series of modules and spread them out over a period of time.

Location

The workshop can be done in-person or online. However, if this is done online it is highly recommended to divide the content into a number of shorter sessions or modules, as issues of concentration quickly occur.

Flexibility

While there are a number of core concepts and tools, the specific workshop will be tailored to your needs.

Costs

Costs depend upon the length of the workshop. A discount is available for not-for-profit organisations.

Interested?

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want to discuss how I can help you and your teams.

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