Goals to Habits

Skills Cafe

About This Course

To achieve big goals, we need to start with habits – small, tiny habits. Habits are a way of life and are actions that we, almost unconsciously, do every day. They define who we are and what we stand for. A musician habitually plays her guitar while a cook habitually prepares excellent food every day. In this experiential workshop, we will discover how to achieve our goals by turning them into habits.

This workshop is based on the wisdom of books such as Atomic Habits and the Power of Habits.


  • Reading exercise blog articles, TED talks.
  • Bring one specific goal to the workshop to create an action plan for.

Skill Drill 1: Goals Operate within Systems.

Participants will understand how goals are achieved within the narrow confines of systems and processes.  They will also understand why it is more important to strengthen systems and processes than it is to motivate.

Skill Drill 2: Leading vs. Lagging Indicators.

Participants will discover the difference between leading indicators (what you can measure every day) and lagging indicators (what you can measure after a significant period). Participants will also explore the importance of focusing on leading indicators and why it is better than focusing on lagging indicators. The lagging indicators are the ones that need to be turned into habits.

Skill Drill 3: Building Habits.

Participants will explore the 4-stage approach to building habits – cue, craving, response, and reward. Participants will create a personal action plan using the strategies discussed in the session for the one goal that they will bring to the workshop.

Skill Drill 4: Making it Last.

In this section, participants will explore strategies and methods to stay motivated. Participants will work these strategies into their action plan to ensure that they don’t break the cycle of developing habits.


  • Building Habits guide.
  • Program summary and handouts.
  • Learner refreshers on days 2, 5, 10, and 15.

Program Evaluation:

  • Post-workshop feedback.
  • Action plan follow-up after 45 days.

Learning Objectives

Take a system first approach to achieving goals
Understanding the four stages of habit – cue, craving, response, reward
Applying the four stages to creating good habits
Tracking progress and staying on course


  • No prerequisites

Target Audience

  • Individual Contributors
Duration 2.5 hours

Material Includes

  • Workbook
  • Handouts
  • Nudge Cards

Setup a Free Demo