Let me share a great quote with you. For those of you who know me, I love my quotes and I just think they’re such a gift. They’re little gold nuggets of wisdom from people who’ve gone before us and they’ve shared some of that little knowledge with us, so I tend to keep them.
I’m a bit of a geek for collecting information and so I have them written down and I was going through them today and came across one that i thought i’d really like to share with you and here it is: “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” -Benjamin Mays.
So true isn’t it? Powerful.
I’m Alison Vidotto from Push Business Training and Mentoring, and I just know when the years I was running the charity, I would meet people who were so incredibly challenged and disadvantaged; survival was paramount. Goals weren’t even a thing.
Not having goals makes it very, very difficult achieve anything and there’s a mountain of research and science that actually shows us that having goals and writing them down really makes a difference to the likelihood that we’re going to reach them.
It actually gives you clarity and it keeps you on that track because you’re aiming for something. When you’re headed somewhere, it’s easy to know when you veered off the path as opposed to if you don’t have that direction at all.
I’m a great lover of neuroscience and many of you know that I studied neuroscience for a while and neuro leadership and we’re absolutely geared for goal setting and for reaching our goals. The brain is just the most incredible, amazing organ, or machine, or whatever you want to call it. It’s just amazing and it will actually restructure itself to work to get those goals, they call it neuroplasticity. If you want to, look it up, it’s fascinating.
The more passionate we are about a goal, then the more the brain will work with you to reach that goal, even to the point that you’ll become much more motivated. It’s easier to ignore the bright shiny objects and it really is quite incredible when you think about it.
So neuroplasticity is actually the brain changing structure and doing different things. I could get really technical, but that might just bore you and I don’t want to do that. You can look it up but believe me there’s a lot of research to back it up. Say, if you list your goals than you’ll follow through with them at a much higher rate than if you don’t have goals and if you don’t write them down.
Like I said, the more ambitious those goals are and the more passionate you are, the more the brain is going to work with you. So your big hairy audacious goals, as the saying goes, get stuck. Write them down because you can achieve them and you WILL achieve them.
I’d love to know what goals you have for the week or for the month or even the quarter. I’d love to hear it, let me know.
Have a great day!