If you are keen in understanding the neurological impact of goal setting on the brain and how it helps in the goal setting/realisation journey, then this post me be of interest to you-

A precursor read that might be useful prior to understanding the impact of goal setting on human brain is this post- “Inside Out Communication”.

Here are some interesting neurological facts of goal setting and brain wiring-

When a new goal is set, the Inner game saves it’s image as something to work on as a desired outcome. When we start working, the outer game gets trained  to acquire the requires skills and knowledge.  However if we are unable to meet the goals, the inner game get’s pressurised  leading to a state of anxiety of not being able achieve the goals that were set.

Also another interesting fact is that with each success the brain releases a chemical called dopamine, which leads to a feeling of motivation and happiness. Hence when small goals are set, and we meet them, the release of more and more dopamine leads to motivation and an urge of achieving more emerges from within.

Hence setting goals that are far beyond achievable may sound counterproductive. Also studies have proven that brain learns quickly from a successful experiment rather than failures.

If you are wondering how this informations helps in gaol setting/realisation, here you go-

  • Start with a vision that is clear to the team, which can be translated to a mission for working through it. A vision without a mission is a day dream.
  • The mission ie. the path of achieving the vision can be broken into small achievable goals.
  •  A clear vision statement is very vital for the Inner game to understand the “why” and then working on “What” and “How” falls in place at ease.
  • Inspect and adapt based on the progress of the short term achievable goals so that your inner game stays motivated due to the dopamine element getting released.