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The neurological link of setting and achieving your goals


Lanre Olusola

A research conducted by the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience found out that the human brain uses ‘Grid cells’ to reveal how we create internal maps of new spaces/environments. Grid cells help us locate “where we are” and “where we are going” within our space/environment. Interestingly, the study also reveals that grid cells help us remember the locations of objects (experiences, people and things).

The parts of the brain, which show signs of grid cells known to help us navigate our environment, are also critical for ‘Autobiographical memory’. Autobiographical memory consists of episodes recollected from our life, based on a combination of personal experiences, specific objects, people and events experienced at particular time and place called EPISODES and our general knowledge and facts about the world called SEMANTIC. This means that grid cells may help us to find our way to the right memory with people, places, and things through time as well as finding our way through our environment.

How ‘Time’ is experienced in the Brain:
The representation of time in the brain continuously proves to be a very elusive concept in psychology and neuroscience. Over the years, not much has been discovered about time representation in the brain It was hypothesized in the 1970s that the Hippocampus is critical for separating patterns of experience into the independent episodes that occupy the content of our ‘Episodic Memory System’.


Episodic memory is the recollection of time, places and associations emotions within contexts of who, what, when, where and why. So it is therefore a collection of our past personal experiences that occurred at a particular time and place/space/environment. They allow us to figuratively travel back in time to remember the event that took place at that particular time and place.

Events that are recorded into episodic memory may trigger episodic learning, i.e. a change in behaviour that occurs as a result of an event. For example, fear of dogs after being bitten by a dog is a result of episodic learning.

One of the main components of episodic memory is the process of recollection. Recollection is a process that elicits the retrieval of contextual information pertaining to a specific event or experience that has occurred.

Binding Space and Time in the Brain:
If our experience of time and space share similar neural link, it begets a fundamental question – Are space and time (Past; Present; Future) truly distinct in the mind or are they the product of a generalized neuro-cognitive system that allows us to understand the world and function as humans?
Even though our perception of space seems to appear stable, time and experience regularly varies depending on focus and attention.

Time can however stand still, stretch and/or contract; can be experienced as Past, Present or Future as we pay differing degrees of focus to our physical, emotional and virtual actions.

All these scientific terms tell us that the internal workings of the brain cannot distinctively tell the difference between/among:
1) Reality and Simulation.
2) Time Past, Present and Future.
3) Emotions and Feelings experienced yesterday, today and tomorrow.
4) Time, Space and Environments travelled virtually and in reality.
5) Where you are now, Relative to and Distinct from where you want to be.
6) What you have achieved in the Past and what you imagine to achieve in the Future

A very critical area of interest for me in my “integrative holistic practice” is how I use the revelations from all these studies and research to assist the human brain to create; experience; feel and navigate future DREAMS and GOALS.

These hypothesis, research and theories about the brain and its relationship with and Representation of Space, Environment, Time (past, present, future), Memory, and Experience have led me to put together a set of Tools and Exercises called “The Catalyst STEP Toolkit” which has been embedded in The Catalyst GoalPRO.


The Catalyst GoalPRO with the Catalyst STEP Toolkit embedded in it, was created based on Neuroscience and Human Behavioural Psychology and designed specifically to help individuals and organisations make the best natural use of their brains in such a way that they can create and experience their desired future now; learn what they did or need to do in the now and in the future, to program themselves in gaining unconscious competence such that they can daily, practically, intuitively and instinctively, know how to step, walk, talk and live in their future without constraint.

The Catalyst GoalPRO is a system that helps you to build a winning relationship and powerful neurological link between your Goals, Brain, Space (Environments), Emotions (Experiences), Episodic/Autobiographical Memory and Time. Some of the tools in the Catalyst GoalPRO include:
• The Goal Dashboard – The Visualization aspect of GoalPRO
• The Triangle of Alignment – Step Technique of GoalPRO
• The Neurological Levels of Change – Step Technique of GoalPRO
I believe “The past; present and future is one Continuum” and “Everyone has the ability to create their desired Future”

Do you truly desire to live a phenomenally enriched life and achieve every goal you set? Then use the Catalyst GoalPRO, which takes you through the entire goal setting process. It provides you with practical strategies and also eliminates mistakes you make when setting your goals. Visit for The Catalyst GoalPRO! For more enquiries, kindly contact or call – 08077077000.
Happy New Year!
May the goals you set this year be achieved.

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