See your goals and aim higher

How are those resolutions working for you?

This is about the time that all those good intentions begin to fall by the wayside. The resolve to clean my desk everyday gets buried, along with all the papers, reports and files.

But we do have a reprieve.

It’s Ukrainian New Year’s Day today so you get a second chance. (And of course you get another chance at Chinese New Year). So I’m looking for ways to help us keep firm on our resolves for the New Year.

As part of another resolution, I’m starting my own self-study on the brain.

Mark Murphy, author of Hard Goals: The Secret to Getting From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be, maintains there is neurologic research that suggests our goals may not be challenging enough. He says “Tough goals force us to pay attention.”

John Medina, a brain researcher at University of Washington and author of Brain Rules, says, “The more the brain pays attention to a given stimulus the more elaborately the information will be encoded.”

In other words, by having harder goal where we have to learn, our brain gets stretched and the neurons start amping up.

Our brains pay close attention with images or visuals of what we want. We’ve known for years that a picture is worth a thousand words. It even has its own name – Pictorial Superiority Effect or PSE. Images trump words every time.

Tests performed years ago showed that people could remember more than 2,500 pictures with at least 90 percent accuracy several days post-exposure, even though subjects saw each picture for about 10 seconds.

So post that picture or image where you could see it everyday to help you towards your goal.

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2 thoughts on “See your goals and aim higher

  1. Elena

    Hi, Mickey…I found you through the interview you did with Daphne Grant-Grey. Your website is fun to read. This piece drew my attention with the title "Brain Work"…and then your sentence "it is Ukrainian New Year's Day" stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb. I need to be picky and accurate: January 14th is NOT Ukrainian New Year's day. In 1582 Pope Gregory issued a decree, basically dropping 13 days from the calendar in use since Julius Caesar's time (aka Julian calendar)…and created a new calendar, since adopted by most of the western world now known as the Gregorian calendar. The Russian Orthodox and other Orthodox Christian churches refused to follow Pope Gregory's example, insisted on remaining with the Julian calendar which calculated Easter using siderial time, vs Pope Gregory and friends who calculated it using solar time…This is a simplified explanation of a complicated subject I am not qualified to go much deeper. Anyhow, as a Russian Orthodox Christian, I am familiar with the 13 day difference in the two calendars. When I was young, my friends and I, looking for an excuse for a party, would get together to celebrate the "Old" New Year. Folks in Ukraine and living abroad probably do the same thing, for fun. In short, it is not an exclusively Ukrainian tradition. You have a beautiful blog, otherwise. Best wishes, Elena

  2. mickey_rogers

    Hi Elena,
    Yes of course you are right. i appreciate your clarification. i know i was in Ethiopia a couple of years back and had the opportunity of celebrating Easter twice. Again, any opportunity to celebrate ritual is a good idea.

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