Continuous Improvement

Set “Open Space Goals” in 2007.

January 1, 2007

Yellowfield2 Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Have you made any for 2007? If you’ve made them already or if you’re still contemplating them, I would urge you to make some really big resolutions. Set some really big goals. Imagine your life and your practice five years from now as everything you could want. Then set the goals to make that imagining real.

In his book, Get Out of Your Own Way, Robert K. Cooper explains that by setting really big goals – what he refers to as “open space goals” – you’re actually setting in motion the physiology to achieve them. Cooper backs up his assertions with plenty of footnotes and supporting data. His take on how we can change our lives makes a lot of sense. According to Cooper:

Brain scans show that simply imagining a complex and compelling goal will actually fire the same neurons that will be required to actually achieve that goal. Even a few minutes of open space focus can point your life and work in the right direction for you to achieve what others may think you can’t.

So as you get ready to set your goals for 2007, make them big, wild, wonderful, open space goals.

Click on the link below to download one of Cooper’s essays on “open space” thinking. Download The_Brains Behind_Breakthrough_Strategies-Part1.pdf

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