Adopting any type of process to overcome a problem, with the intent of achieving a specific outcome often results in wanting or needing to realise another level of outcome, or goal. This ongoing journey of discovery is not linear, rather it is looping in nature and GoalPOSTS© was developed with this in mind.
As one goal is visualised and realised often other goals build upon this, and where required, the process of goal visualisation, personal journey, and goal realisation, is repeated. The cycle is enabled by two distinct and interconnected functions of the model, Visualisation and Realisation.
These two functions combine to provide users of GoalPOSTS© with a practical method of holistic thinking, personal exploration, centring, and qualifying lived experience, identifying the building blocks for users to develop new narratives.
Creating a narrative is key because it helps the GoalPOSTS© user become emotionally connected and motivated in moving from their current position to a future one. Linking the personal story to goals visualisation and integrating this activity with the Realisation function (Position, Options, Tasks), provides the framework and process to create and achieve new stories as a consequence of using the complete GoalPOSTS© model.
GoalPOSTS© Function & Component Definitions
Visualisation: Enabling the creation of a new reality utilising the Goal, Story, and Survey, components
Realisation: Enabling the delivery of the new reality utilising the Position, Options, and Tasks, components
GOAL : Achieving the best outcome.
Position (P) – creates purpose and provides for understanding the past, present, and potential future. It is the “where am I now?” environment and is essential for defining the goal purpose. From this understanding, develop…
Options (O) – delivering clarity and represent a growing awareness of the environment and the alternative routes that could be followed. Understanding the options provides the clarity needed to identify and refine the path that’s travelled, synthesised by having a…
Story (S) – creating a pathway. The Story is always developing and has three critical elements (i) beginning or history; (ii) middle or the present; (iii) end or a future state. The story is the vehicle which synthesises that which has been learnt from the past and present (Position), with growing knowledge and awareness (Options), and desires / visions of the future (Goal), resulting in potential future pathways. Shaping the direction of travel along the pathway requires…
Tasks (T) – delivering control. Identifying and sequencing tasks facilitates forward motion, whilst ensuring the journey is broken down into discreet activities and actions, further improving control over speed and direction. An essential element of any successful journey is being aware of the landscape within which the journey takes place, and awareness is enhanced by…
Survey (S)– surveying elements of the process and the environment is legitimate and critical within the GoalPOSTS© model. Survey provides the time for reflection and appropriate response enabling a higher level of flexibility to “roll with the punches” or “go with the flow” of changing circumstances. This may result in alternative pathways or even, should this be necessary, changes to the goal itself.
GoalPOSTS© and Mental Health Wellbeing
About Keith Hackett FRSA
Keith qualified as a professional, executive performance coach in 2002. He undertook an ILM certified programme through the London School of Coaching, quality assured by the University of Strathclyde, and has relied upon this exceptional professional development, to provide senior performance coaching and coaching-enabled senior project management, to micro, SME, not-for-profit and, FTSE 500 business, across the private and public sectors.
During his career and like so many other persons across the employee / contractor spectrum, Keith has been challenged by stress, anxiety, and sometimes, depression. It was during one particularly challenging time that Keith found it necessary to use mental health services provided by the NHS. Unfortunately, Keith floundered initially because the support he received was not structured in a way which worked for him. It was at this time that Keith used his own GoalPOSTS© model to provide that missing structure for his personal recovery journey.
Since then, Keith has continued to explore how others suffering in a similar way, might benefit from the structure and process the GoalPOSTS© model provides.
As a segue, it was whilst Keith provided business mentoring to a group of postgraduate masters students from Liverpool University, that GoalPOSTS© was used to support the students in how they managed time between employment, academic and social life, activities and commitments.
An unexpected result of using the model was feedback from the students that using GoalPOSTS© to improve how they managed their time, had positive effects upon feelings of their mental health wellbeing, particularly with respect to managing stress and anxiety.
Given Keith’s extensive management and project consulting experience in healthcare and his awareness of how debilitating stress and anxiety can be, as well as his own lived experiences, he asked mental health professionals he knew to review GoalPOSTS©, to ascertain whether the model could be used more widely in the mental health environment. Their comments, and those from business professionals and students on using GoalPOSTS© , can be read on the “Reflections on Using GoalPOSTS©” page.