The Power of Hidden Goals in Your Developmental Journey

Unleashing Your Potential: The Power of Hidden Goals in Your Developmental Journey

Let’s delve into a fascinating subject that roots deep into our human behaviour – the aspect of hidden goals.

As humans, our nature drives us to be “goal-oriented” creatures. Robert Kegan, a revered professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education refers to this as being either explicit or implicit. But what does this really mean?

Explicit Goals: These are goals we clearly know and our actions deliberately serve these goals. For instance, aiming to complete a project by the end of the week, sticking to your fitness routine, or striving for the next promotion.

Implicit Goals: These are the goals driving us, often unnoticed. They’re the motivating factors we might not be consciously aware of. For example, your drive to succeed at work might be powered by an underlying desire for recognition or job security.


Acknowledging these ‘hidden goals’ is fundamental for successful personal and professional development. Here’s why…

  1. Understanding Your Values: Identifying these hidden goals can reveal your true values and desires. They explain why certain results are so important to you. Understanding these underlying motives helps refine your explicit goals, aligning them with your values.


  1. Strategic Planning: Once you’ve connected to your ‘why’, plot a strategic path. Consider what steps are needed to achieve your explicit goals while serving your implicit goals.


  1. Optimising Resources: Beyond skills and experience, never underestimate the power of resilience, determination, and adaptability in achieving your goals.


  1. Consistency: Continually strive for both your explicit and implicit goals. Show up consistently, even when things get challenging, and you’re more likely to realise those desired outcomes.


Embracing the hidden goals guiding our actions empowers us to act in alignment with what truly matters, not just in the present moment but in the long-term. Recognising this has revolutionised the way we at Transcend approach our personal growth and professional journeys – and we are sure it can do the same for you!

Now, you might wonder, “How can I identify these hidden goals?” Start by reflecting on patterns in your behaviour or choices. Ask yourself probing questions. Why do certain achievements matter to me? Why do I react a particular way in certain situations?

Remember, this is a journey of self-discovery. Don’t rush it. Take your time, and continually reassess your explicit and implicit goals as you grow and adapt. Most importantly, take action towards these goals. After all, a goal without a plan is just a wish.

In our next blog post, we’ll delve deeper into some essential tools and models to guide you on this developmental journey. Stay tuned!

Until then, remember – the golden key that unlocks our ability to be at our best is staying on track with our hidden and explicit goals. Keep discovering, keep growing!

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