One of the important aspects of motivation is knowing what we want to achieve, a clear vision.
This first step of knowing what we want is by no means simple.
Try asking your children what they want to achieve. You will get answers ranging from scoring the perfect grades
in their examinations to being famous.
Ask the same of your subordinates and you will hear the usual crap of wanting to bring value to your company.
The point is that these people either state goals that are generally accepted by society or are what they think you would want to hear.
Self-fulfilling prophecy steps in – after repeating these statements several times, they find themselves believing that these are indeed their real dreams & goals.
“I’ll buy some fowls from Farmer Brown,” said she, “and they will lay eggs each morning, which I will sell to the parson’s wife.
With the money that I get from the sale of these eggs I’ll buy myself a new dimity frock and a chip hat; and when I go to
market, won’t all the young men come up and speak to me!
Polly Shaw will be that jealous; but I don’t care. I shall just look at her and toss my head like this. As she spoke she tossed
her head back, the Pail fell off it, and all the milk was spilt. So she had to go home and tell her mother what had occurred.
“Ah, my child,” said the mother,
“Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.”
Do not be overconfident and assume success before you
know the outcome.
I choose to have Dreams & Goals
“You see things as they are and ask, Why?
I dream things as they never were and ask, Why Not?”
This old cliché of not counting your chickens before they are hatched has its merits, but I am not blindly accepting it. Instead,
I am proposing that counting chickens isn’t a bad thing to do, and dreams lead to goal clarifications, which in turn drive and motivate us.
Let us analyze the fable a little. It is a common custom in certain parts of the world for people to carry heavy items, not with their hands, but by balancing them on their heads.
African women, for example, are known to carry on their heads items that weigh as much as 70% of their body weight.
The milkmaid probably did this so often that she forgot she had a pail of milk on her head. She went on to daydream and make plans on things that might not happen.
Doesn’t this ring a bell in us about what we are doing with our lives day in and day out?
Are we doing work that has become so routine or mundane that we could sometimes forget that we are at work? While we are staring at the computers,
attending meetings or classes, do we not let our minds wander and daydream about more interesting things, daydream about our Dreams & Goals?
Even when we know that the things we dream about are unrealistic or impossible, are we not happier just thinking about them?
Those who have watched the movie “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” by Steven Spielberg would recall
that the young robotic boy David (acted by Haley Joel Osment) wished only to be with his human mother.
At the end, his wish was granted, and he spent one day doing ordinary things with her. To him, that was his happiest and most perfect day he ever had. Pose this question to the people around you
“If you have a chance to live one happiest and most perfect day, what would it be?”