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Goals, strategy and tactics for change

The Goal: Who are you trying to change? What observable actions will let you know you’ve succeeded?

The Strategy: What are the emotions you can amplify, the connections you can make that will cause someone to do something they’ve hesitated to do in the past (change)? The strategy isn’t the point, it’s the lever that helps you cause the change you seek.

The Tactics: What are the actions you take that cause the strategy to work? What are the events and interactions that, when taken together, comprise your strategy?

An example: Our goal is to change good donors to our cause into really generous donors.

Our strategy is to establish a standard for big gifts, to make it something that our good donors aspire to because it feels normal for someone like them.

And today’s tactic is hosting an industry dinner that will pair some of our best donors with those that might be open to moving up.

If you merely ask someone to help you with a tactic in isolation, it’s likely you won’t get the support you need. But if you can find out if you share a goal with someone, then can explain how your strategy can make it likely that you’ll achieve that goal, working together on a tactic that supports that strategy is an obvious thing to do.

And it certainly opens the door to a useful conversation about whether your goal is useful, your strategy is appropriate and your tactic is coherent and likely to cause the change you seek.

A tactic might feel fun, or the next thing to do, or a lot like what your competition is doing. But a tactic by itself is nothing much worth doing. If it supports a strategy, a longer-term plan that builds on itself and generates leverage, that’s far more powerful. But a strategy without a goal is wasted.

Single magic mushroom ‘can change personality’ for the better?

A single dose of the chemical psilocybin (contained in a single magic hallucinogenic mushroom) may induce a person to witness mystical experience, after which this attitude of “openness” scores rises, and remains higher for up to a year after the tests.

What’s that openness attribute?

Experimental psychologists define Openness as associated with imagination, artistic appreciation, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness.

One trait among the major 5 traits, such as extrovert, neurotics, agreeableness and conscientiousness.

What’s more, None of the other 4 traits was altered during the year.

All that from a single dose.

Question: What if a person is injected with 2 doses or more? Kind of inadvertently?

Matt Blake posted in The Independence on 30 September 2011:

Forty-five years after Timothy Leary, the apostle of drug-induced mysticism, urged his hippie followers to “turn on, tune in and drop out”, researchers have found that magic mushrooms do change a user’s personality – for the better.

The fungi have long been known for their psychedelic effects, but far from damaging the brain, the hallucinogenic drug they contain enhances feelings and aesthetic sensibilities, scientists say.

The study, at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine in Baltimore, found that a single dose of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, was enough to cause positive effects for up to a year.

“Psilocybin can facilitate experiences that change how people perceive themselves and their environment. That’s unprecedented.” said Roland Griffiths, a study author and professor of psychiatry and behavioural science at Johns Hopkins.

Users who had a “mystical experience” while taking the drug showed increases in a personality trait dubbed “openness”, one of the 5 major traits used in psychology to describe human personality.

Openness is associated with imagination, artistic appreciation, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness.

None of the other 4 traits – extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness and conscientiousness – was altered.

Under controlled scientific conditions, researchers gave 51 adults either psilocybin or a placebo in up to five 80-hour sessions. They were told to lie on a sofa with their eyes covered and listen to music while focusing on an “inner experience”.

Their personalities were screened after each drug session and also about a year later.

Of the 51 subjects, 30 had a mystical experience, after which their openness scores rose, and remained higher for up to a year after the tests.

The 21 who did not have a mystical experience showed no change.


1. Can I deduce that the advent of a mystical experience expands the awareness of individuals to recognize differences and interactions in the environment?

2. Would more than a single dose affect negatively anyone of the 5 traits?

3. Would two doses extend the effects longer than one year?

4. If a person is prone to experience magical feeling, would hallucinogenic ingredients deteriorate his performance?

5. How addictive is magic mushroom?

6. If I add half the dose in a cigarette, what do you think might happen? Would addiction be switched from nicotine to psilocybin?




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