We invite you to join us for a 30-day online program

Taking Action
Finishing the Unfinished (and Unstarted)
Feb. 24 - Mar. 24, 2020

conducted by Gregg Krech

About the Program

Do you have something important that remains unfinished? Here's a chance to turn your plan into reality. Using methods from Morita Therapy (The Psychology of Action) you'll have the support, encouragement, and guidance you need to overcome practical and psychological obstacles and accomplish something that becomes part of your life and legacy. Whether you're still in the idea stage, or stuck somewhere along the way, this program can help you to take action and move forward in the real world.

When we conduct Morita Therapy workshops, we usually ask participants to introduce themselves by reflecting on their three most important accomplishments of the past year. The vast majority of people have trouble identifying three important accomplishments. Mostly, we're just caught up in staying afloat and that pushes many of our dreams and meaningful goals into exile.

Now is the time to bring those dreams and goals back home so that you can turn around, at the end of the year, and see your important accomplishments planted in your personal history. This is a chance to grab the reins, and dedicate yourself to something that is important to you and that will add satisfaction, pride, joy and meaning to your life.

The program includes three different components:

What You Can Accomplish

The Taking Action Program will give you an opportunity to make progress toward a goal or project that is important to you. It is easy for even our most important treedreams to get lost in the shuffle of a busy life. Often they get placed on the backburner because they have no deadline. This program gives you a chance to move the important to the front of the line. By the end of the month you will either have completed or made significant progress on something that is worth doing.

What You Will Learn

In addition to this real-life progress, you will have an opportunity to study the art of getting things done. The program is informed by a wide variety of sources, with an emphasis on principles from Morita Therapy and Kaizen. You'll learn practical ways to prioritize so you'll spend more time doing what's important, not just what's easy or enjoyable. You'll have a chance to look at the issue of "procrastination" with a fresh perspective, as well as issues related to attention, distraction, momentum, inertia and more. By the end of the course, you will have experience with strategies and tools that you can use long after the course has been completed.

How the Program Works

You'll have access to the ToDo Institute's distance learning course website which is the hub of this program. Through the website, you'll identify what you want to accomplish and keep a journal of your daily progress. You'll receive guidance and support through daily assignments, quotes of inspiration, readings and online discussions, as well as peer-support group that will be aware of your goal and your progress. As a member of this global community, you will also witness the evolution of other participant projects. A sense of camaraderie develops throughout the course of the month, as members give and receive support and learn to become more effective and empowered in their own lives.

This month-long project will give you a chance to notice and experiment with your own style of working (or not working) on your goals. What gets in your way? What conditions create the most resistance? Recognizing and addressing your own patterns can prevent you from getting derailed in the future.

But let's make one thing clear - even with a wonderful support system and the availability of excellent tools and ideas, you will still need to give something up in order to move forward. Success in the program ultimately depends on your own willingness to make time and take action on what is important to you. There is no shortcut. And there is no time like the present for finishing the unfinished.

What You Will Receive

Our course website will provide you with the following:

  1. A Calendar of Daily Exercises.

    These daily exercises provide structure and guidance for your efforts. They will help you to be steady with your efforts, despite the ups and downs of enthusiasm, mood, circumstance, etc.
  2. Online Resources.

    You will have access to stimulating and diverse resources through the course website that will help you to overcome procrastination and take constructive action in your life.
  3. Book Options

    The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology (e-book or print) by Gregg Krech.

    We usually associate Eastern philosophy with a contemplative approach to life but this book addresses the other side of the equation - the active side of life. This powerful resource provides a wealth of inspiration and guidance for those of us who struggle to do what needs to be done. Filled with pragmatic strategies for addressing our common human tendency to procrastinate, it is an invaluable guide for those who want to make the most of their "thirty thousand days".

    One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way (e-book) by Robert Maurer.

    This book explains the power of small actions. Rather than sounding internal alarms that frighten and deter us when we take on huge changes, small unspectacular steps can help us to move beyond the internal impasses and actually make the changes we set out to make.

    Do the Work (e-book) by Steven Pressfield

    Picking up where The War of Art and Turning Pro left off, Do the Work takes the reader from the start to the finish of any long-form project-novel, screenplay, album, software piece, you name it. This book identifies the predictable "resistance points" along the way and walks you through each of them.
  4. Inclusion in a Global Community.

    Our programs reach a worldwide audience. It is not uncommon to have participants from eight to ten countries participating in our programs. A strong sense of camaraderie often develops through our online discussion, as participants share their challenges, insights, experiences and wisdom with the group.

What You Will Do

With just an average commitment of about 30 minutes per day, you will not only make great progress on your project, but create a greater likelihood of accomplishing your goal.

  1. Start each day with an exercise that will help to shape and define your efforts.

    The exercises will provide a structure for you to work with each day. They will give you a rope to grab onto when you feel that you are floundering, and help you to avoid the wall of inertia that can develop with just two days of inactivity. They will make it easier for you to show discipline and resolve, day by day, as you make your way through the month, and create a greater likelihood of accomplishment of your goal.
  2. Share your experiences and questions with the group.

    Though this is optional, we encourage you to make your voice heard through our global online discussion. You will feel more engaged and connected with the group by actively participating and sharing your progress and experience. We also encourage you to show an interest in the efforts of others, who are trying to make progress with their own projects. The camaraderie of the group lends support and encouragement to everyone involved.
  3. Study inspiring and stimulating readings to support your efforts.

    We have created a diverse collection of readings and resources to enrich and support your experience throughout the month. The perspectives of each author help to bring a rich understanding of the forces at play when we strive to take purposeful action in our lives.

What You Will Pay

Early Registration Discount

If you register ten days before the program starts, you will receive a $10 discount off of the above prices.

Alumni Discount

If you have done this particular program before, you will receive a 50% discount off of the above prices.


Certification in Japanese Psychology

The ToDo Institute offers a credit-based Certification in Japanese Psychology. Each of our distance learning programs, provides 16 credits toward certification. Those seeking credit need to submit a completed journal, documenting their experience throughout the month, along with a 1-2 page essay summarizing what they learned during the program. Further information about the ToDo Institute's certification process can be found here.

What People Are Saying About This Program

“It is my pleasure to tell you that I now apply the 15 minutes rule to everything! I tell myself that I am going to speed just 15 minutes doing whatever it is, and before I know it, I am enjoying myself and getting the project done. Thank you so much! ” -- Patricia E., Pearland, TX

“Connecting with like-minded people through the online discussion felt like we had a beautiful energy flowing around the globe. ” -- H.A.K, Wasilla, AK

“I learned the satisfaction of sticking to my goal even if I spent only 5 or 10 minutes on it. What kept me going was commitment to this course. And when, around day 4, I called myself a dilletante and thought my time would be better spent cleaning my office, Linda reminded me that this was only one month and had I chosen to clean my office during this month, I probably would have decided it was an unworthy goal right around day 4 or 5. She was right on. Thank you! ” --Viv M, Seattle WA

“Thanks to everyone who was involved in creating and sustaining this course! Thanks for the structure and fantastic resources, and the teachers and others who shared their experiences and wisdom so eloquently and honestly. A special thanks to Gregg, whose daily postings I found challenging, inspiring, and tremendously insightful & useful in helping me get traction in my process, and who was always quick to respond to my questions. ” -- Beth G, Kentfield, CA

“Much appreciation for making this course available. I made great strides and knew that the course was laying a foundation for a long term commitment. And, I'm very pleased that I have new tools to use when faced with a project. I found this work to affect all the other things in my life. I'm more energized in my life in general. ” -- Lynn A, San Marcos, TX

“I have learned that action and all the other stuff I used to confuse with action are totally different. Action can lead to a different future and also a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day. I have had a chance to use the tools that were shared in this course and have found many new friends that I will take with me on my day to day as continue these habits going forward into the future. ” -- Sunny F., Australia

Your Teacher

Gregg Krech

Gregg Krech is one of the leading authorities on Japanese Psychology in North America today.

Gregg is the Director of the ToDo Institute and author of numerous books, including Naikan, A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness and The Art of Taking Action. His work has been featured in The SUN Magazine, Tricycle, SELF, Utne Reader, Counseling Today and Experience Life.

Gregg has been teaching Japanese Psychology around the globe for 30 years, through conferences, training programs and workshops. He is the editor of Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living, and currently lives and works at the ToDo Institute in Vermont.

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Who Are We?

The ToDo Institute is a non-profit educational center located nestled in the foothills of the Green mountains in central Vermont. We serve as a meeting place between east and west, where methods of Japanese Psychology blend with western culture to provide powerful tools for enhancing our lives. The applications of our work bridge the gap between the spiritual, the psychological and the practical. If you'd like more information about what we do, you can take a tour at our homepage, visit our blog and browse through our library. Thank you.