PSY 103 Week 5 DQ 2
I thought you might be interested in the following:
I know a man, John Goddard, who at age 15 sat down and wrote 120 goals that he wanted to accomplish in his life. He is 79 now and has accomplished 112+ goals from his original list. He did not want to grow old reflecting on past years, saying, "If only, or I wish I had," so he decided to think of as many things he wanted to do in his life. Some of his goals are below:
Become an Eagle Scout
Light a match with a 22 rifle at 50 yards
Play Claire de Lune on the Piano
Read the entire Bible
Visit every country in the world (they keep making new countries but he has visited a number of countries)
Climb the Matterhorn, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Rainier, Kilimanjaro
Explore the Nile river (He explored the Nile from its source to the mouth,by Kayak)
Read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica (has read major portions of it)
Travel to the Moon (hasn't done this and probably will not)
Be in the Rose Bowl Parade (Rode a horse in one a few years ago)
Fly in a Blimp, Glider, and Hot Air Balloon
Write a book (Wrote Kayaks Down the Nile)
Appear in a Tarzan movie (No, decided this was really a childhood ambition)
Ride in a submarine
Anyway the list goes on and on. He has written a number of new lists, and recently told me that he has accomplished some 500+ goals that he has set. The idea of simply writing it down, helps to set a mental picture and eventually you find a way to accomplish the goal. Road Blocks are not blocks but merely stepping stones towards your goal.
Once you have the goal written down then you can make plans on how to accomplish that goal. Take small steps, like someone once said when asked how do you eat an elephant? Just one bite at a time.
So, my point here, is to make lists of goals that you want to accomplish throughout your life.
One additional thought, a study was made some time ago that showed only 3% of the population had written down goals for the rest of their lives. Those that had written goals surpassed their peers 10 - 100 times better, in terms, of income, position, happiness, etc.
Why do you think writing down a goal helps you to achieve it more than just merely thinking about them? What is the psychological reason for this?,