Adventure Psychology: Going Knowingly into the Unknown
Most people will know and understand sports psychology to some extent, which is focused on attaining maximum performance in peak fitness in fixed conditions. In business, we’ve learned a lot from sports psychology about setting goals, incremental gains, efficiency and focus. In comparison, newly-launched ‘adventure psychology’ is more realistic and relevant to today’s world, centred as it is on enduring, flexible performance in unknown, changing and tough conditions.
There’s a lot of talk currently about living in a VUCA world – one that’s Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. It’s difficult for us to navigate, survive and thrive in these conditions. For me, this represents an adventure landscape. Going on an adventure is a volatile experience, where there is plenty of uncertainty when we don’t know what’s around the corner.
There is often a complex set of conditions and a lot of ambiguity, which makes decision-making difficult. Adventure psychology means performing in that uncertain and ambiguous world, but still performing well: sustaining reasonable and realistic performance over time, and having to survive and thrive in these conditions.
Paula is an adventurer, business woman, Chair with Vistage and has a Masters in Positive Psychology. She has yacht raced around the world, skied to the South Pole, cycled across 10 countries, paddled the Mekong and the Thames, climbed Mont Blanc and many others!
This topic is new and relevant to today’s VUCA leadership, covering:
- A breakthrough mindset – psyche (spirit) + logos (logic and science)
- Positive Psychology II – smiley face with the grit
- Going Knowingly – planning and preparation
- Into the Unknown – dealing with VUCA, growth mindset and the psychology of possibility
- The Kitbag:
- Mental toughness, resilience and coping
- Decision making
- Creativity, Courage and Collaboration
The value is in the mindset, creating an ‘adventure advantage’. Outcomes and takeaways include:
- A new perspective
- Self-reflection regarding traits and strengths
- How we should lead and make decisions in a VUCA world
- Control the Controllables
- Stretch Zone
- Increased understanding and tools with regard to: resilience, coping, motivation, post-event growth
This workshop is also suitable for a retreat setting.