We move toward what we picture in our mind.
If there is no goal (no target), there is no way of knowing if you are on track.
In fact, those with a goal gravitate towards what they want. Those without a goal simply stay stagnant, they literally become what they “used to be”.
A Yale University professor performed a fascinating study at a convalescent home.
- 91 people in the home were given a potted plant for their rooms.
- Half of the patients were told that keeping the plant alive was their responsibility, and the other half were told that a staff member would look after the plant.
- After 18 months, the professor returned to check in and see how the two groups were doing.
Unfortunately, 1 out of 3 the people that took no responsibility for their plant had passed away. But only 1 out of 6 of the people that had the mission of caring for their living plants had passed away. Additionally, the mental and physical health of the plant-active group was significantly better than the “plant-passive” group.
Does having a purpose carry benefits beyond simply reaching the goal?
Let’s go one step further.
Imagine you were given 1,000 pieces to a puzzle in a plain paper bag with the goal of putting the puzzle pieces together.
Where would you start?
But now, imagine you are given the same 1,000 puzzles pieces in the same paper bag, but you now have a final picture of what the finished puzzle will look like.
Does that change things for you?
Of course it does.
That’s because you have a clear vision.
Equip yourself with a goal, a purpose and a vision and you can virtually achieve anything you want, starting today.
If you need anything along the way, we are happy to help!