LEARNING and CHANGE
The art of learning is fundamental to all productive processes. To improve effectiveness necessarily means to learn: new ways of behaving, new ways of thinking, new ways of interpreting. In some situations a client may look to a consultant for answers and solutions to their problems without wanting to engage in a learning process. It is actually very possible for this to occur. For example, a consultant can facilitate a retreat, achieve the desired result for that engagement, and participants can go through the experience without learning anything. Likely, the learning would be, at the least, that an experienced facilitator can really help meetings and retreats be more effective. But that doesn’t mean the participants, or client managers, have learned how to facilitate on their own. I say this so as not to mislead potential clients to what they can expect to learn regarding my meta-goal of helping clients to learn Goal-Fitness. As with all skills and capacities, fluency takes time.
Energy is the core concept in all the work that I do. The very notion of ‘Goal-Fitness’ is simply a way of describing effective and efficient expenditures of energy that produce desired results. A human being, as well as a human collectivity, are constantly changing, dynamic systems of energy input, conversion, and output. The critical stage in this cyclic flux is the conversion process and whether the conversion results in a desired outcome.
I have arrived at the conclusion that the mental function of ‘interpreting’ is the highest leverage point of how energy is converted within a human system. How we interpret: what our situation is, how to respond to it, what words to use, what feelings to cultivate, how to interact with our environment, etc., constantly determines our reciprocal influence with others, whether in our job, family or community.
To change our ‘selves’ is to change how we interpret our context and place in it. When we engage our mind with a new system of thought we are learning a new way to interpret our perceptions and sensations. My assessment is that there are many ways that we interpret our perceptions and sensations that result in the many dysfunctions that we experience in our lives; in relationship with our health, our careers, our friends and family, and employment. I am of the strong opinion that there isn’t an absolute right or wrong way to interpret our experiences, but that if we apply the principles of Balance and Optimization to our endeavors, we bring about Balance and Optimization!
The purpose of learning Goal-Fitness is to learn new ways of behaving that help bring about the desired results of any individual or group. Behaviors are actions, ways of channeling energy, that are motivated by some goal, conscious or not. The basic principle of Goal-Fitness is to have a clear grasp of the goal and to understand what actions (behaviors) will bring about the (measurable) results that are desired.