Archive for September, 2012
Since my Natural Strategy method is based on the principle and practice of natural progressivity, or the ongoing seeking of healthier and more intelligent life, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I would ask, how progressive are you?
My question isn’t intended to be political or ideological, but rather practical and personal. It asks about how you live and function each day, and thus steadily over time. And though I pose the question about you, I could (and do in my work) ask the same question to groups, organizations, communities, and institutions of all kinds. And we can even ask this question about whole societies, social trends and movements, and our modern species in total.
While my Natural Strategy method and programs help people better appreciate and more directly pursue our natural potential for more adaptive and beneficial progressive functioning, this crucial natural process can start informally and intuitively. We need only begin to consider, and perhaps discuss with others, the degree and quality of progressivity or natural probing in our lives – and then in our groups and the larger social settings around us.
Here is a short quiz you can use to begin to gauge your current level of progressivity, and also get a sense of some of the practices and considerations I encourage in my programs. Give yourself 10 points for each strong yes, or 5 points for a yes that is a bit less strong, for a total potential score of 100 points.
THE NATURAL STRATEGY QUIZ
How closely do these statements describe you today? Give yourself 10 points for each strong yes, 5 points for each partial yes.
1. When I have to do something I have never done before, I usually feel a sense of adventure.
2. I generally gather a good amount of information when making decisions, especially big ones.
3. I have a plan for my life that involves ongoing personal change, and a pretty clear sense of where I want to be in the next 2-3 years.
4. Most days, I learn something new and valuable about myself or the world.
5. I deliberately seek new experiences and learning opportunities, or challenge myself with new goals, at least once each month.
6. I have at least three specific goals I want to accomplish this month.
7. I am in excellent physical and emotional health.
8. I regularly surprise myself and often see new sides of me in my thoughts and actions.
9. I am financially secure today, or realistically will be within five years.
10. I am widely recognized by others as having useful skills and abilities.
YOUR PROGRESSIVE NEXT STEPS
In my experience, many of us initially score about 50 percent in this simple quiz – and notably before we have begun to formally explore the Natural Strategy method, and intentionally progressive and naturally health-seeking life, for ourselves.
This common average underscores, but often underestimates, our waiting potential to greatly expand and benefit from the simple but powerful natural progressivity techniques that I teach, write about, and encourage.
Regardless of your initial score, the quiz has served as an initial introduction to important ideas and practices from my Natural Strategy programs. To build on this, I would encourage you to learn more about the Natural Strategy method through the links I have included and my overall website.
Perhaps the quiz has given you specific ideas for steps you might begin to take right away to become more progressive and powerful in your life and endeavors, and to enjoy the many benefits that can come from the Natural Strategy method and naturally progressive functioning.
If you have questions or comments on the quiz, please write to me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you very much.
Health & best wishes,
Tell others about Mark and the transformative Natural Strategy method!
It’s a work in progress, one that I first envisioned about a year ago while beginning work on the new sixth edition of HumanaNatura. As such, the new materials you see are not perfect or final, but I think they are ready for prime time. In the least, they are good enough so that I cannot use them as an excuse not to start doing interesting strategy posts, and to begin a larger project spanning this new area of focus for me.
If you are interested in following the development of this blog and the larger body of Natural Strategy ideas and techniques it will introduce, here’s a quick preview of what to expect:
#1 Posts – look for at least weekly posts on personal and organizational strategy here…discussing specific techniques and learnings from my workshops, highlighting good ideas and practices when I find them (or they are sent to me), and translating my growing focus on translating the principle of natural progressivity into modern life and work practices.
#2 Marketing – good or new strategy ideas really don’t make a difference until they get into the world and improve the functioning of people and groups. With this idea in mind, I’ll be creating 2-3 marketing campaigns in the next few weeks to introduce my Natural Strategy programs. If you have a similar to-do in your work, I’ll be favoring creativity and a few compelling propositions over large advertising outlays…so maybe my work can aid yours (and vice versa).
#3 New Book – with the new blog ready, next week I will start outlining a new book spanning my seven workshops. I see this project as important not just as a publicity vehicle, but also because the workshops all revolve around some central ideas and have a natural integration or progression to them…but in ways that are not perfectly clear until it is somewhat carefully described. After eight months of intensive editing work on HumanaNatura, I am not really ready for the demanding work (at least for me) of writing again, but fortunately the outlining portion of the book project will take at least until the end of the year. Most likely, I will not put fingertips to keyboard until January.
Feel free to subscribe and follow along as I develop my new blog and begin this larger body of work to communicate my Natural Strategy techniques. And definitely please comment or send a note with your ideas, if and whenever you want. I’d enjoy hearing from you.
Health & best wishes,
Having spent the last eight months working on the new sixth edition of HumanaNatura, I am finally and happily turning my attention to this site.
It’s long-planned work that is now squarely in my overdue column.
Over the next few days, I’ll be making refinements to the content you see, in preparation for active use of the site beginning right away!
Feel free to follow along as I edit the site, and yes, please comment or send a note with ideas if you want.
Thanks & best wishes,