Businesses are often advised to set ‘smart’ goals for success – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound.
But could the act of frequently observing specific words or images result in success far beyond the expectations of smart goals?
The Statistic Brain Research Institute found 41% of people made new year’s resolutions in 2017 but only 9.2% felt they were successful in achieving them.
People hope that if they start again, and try harder, work longer, push themselves more, they will achieve their goals in the new year.
Try harder . . . . work longer . . . push yourself more . . .
Does this sound like a fun recipe to you?
If these were the steps, would you be excited?
Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions believing this is what’s required for success. Isn’t it how others hit their targets and achieved their goals.
Fortunately, there’s a simpler, easier recipe.
And you already have all the ingredients!
Step 1: Observe
Quantum Physics tells us everything is composed of space and little packets of vibrating energy.
This energy forms a field that underlies all physical reality. It’s known by various names – the Field (Lynn McTaggert), Nature’s Mind, the Mind of God, and the Matrix (Max Plank, father of Quantum Theory).
The Weizmann Institute of Science conducted a highly controlled experiment demonstrating a beam of electrons being affected by the simple act of looking at them.[i]
The experiment revealed that the greater the amount of “watching,” the greater the observer’s influence on what actually takes place.
This ‘Observer-effect’ is so readily recognised that when scientists want to test a hypothesis, they do so using a ‘double-blind’ process. This is to ensure that the unconscious bias or expectation of the person conducting the experiment does not influence the outcome.
You may be more familiar with this concept as the Placebo (or Nocebo) effect.
What does all this have to do with New Year’s Resolutions, goal-setting, and achieving desired outcomes?
If the simple act of observing – spending time looking at – something, can affect the form or behaviour of that ‘thing’, wouldn’t that be an easier way to achieve the results and outcomes you want?
Step 2: Add large portions of action
Action is also required; your interaction with the effects of your observation.
In their book, Words Can Change Your Brain, neuroscientists Newberg and Waldman have this to say:
“By holding a positive and optimistic [word] in your mind, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area includes specific language centers that connect directly to the motor cortex responsible for moving you into action. And as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin to affect other areas of the brain.”
It works for images too!
A study conducted at the University of Chicago by Dr. Blaslotto demonstrated this with surprising results. Volunteers were placed into three groups and tested on how many basketball free throws they could make.
The first group was asked to practice free throws every day for an hour. The second group just visualized themselves making free throws and the third group did neither.
After 30 days he tested them all again. The results were startling!
The first group improved by 24%.
The second group improved by 23% – without touching a basketball over that time!
The third group did not improve, which did not surprise anyone.
Elite athletes and their coaches know that to ensure successful outcomes, they must first occur as a reality in the athlete’s mind.
You must mentally see yourself achieving success to create the reality of having the physical experience of it.
Step 3: Combine ingredients with a generous dollop of desire
Emotions can now be scientifically measured by their effects on the Heart field.
Your heart is the strongest generator of both electrical and magnetic fields in your body. Your heart is up to 100 times stronger electrically and up to 5,000 times stronger magnetically than your brain!
This is important because the physical world as we know it is made of these 2 forms of energy.
Physicists say that if we can change either the magnetic field of an atom or the electrical field of the atom, we literally change that atom – the stuff that our bodies and this physical world are made of.
And it appears now that the human heart is designed to do both – to change the electrical and the magnetic fields in our world. And it does so in response to your emotions.
To sum up, science says you, as the observer, collapse energy into forms, and your reality is held together by the realism in your mind.
“So the definition of a goal is . . . ”
So where does this leave the usual practice of setting smart goals?
If reality is influenced and formed by what we hold in our minds, then a realistic goal is anything you want, observe and act upon.
Including the impossible!
What’s your impossible for 2018?
[i] February 26 issue of Nature (Vol. 391, pp. 871-874)
Another great article, thank you! I am putting “Words Can Change Your Brain” on my reading list:-)
Glad you gained something from it Tarnya, and Good For You for choosing to read the book. I hope you find it helpful and enjoyable.
In amidst all the ‘news’ that normally fills my Inbox every morning, one of the highlights each month is receiving your newsletter. It is always incisive, thoughtful and really captures the zeitgeist of the moment.
Thank You Rhuwina – that’s high praise indeed, coming from a professional writer!
Thanks Virginia. Very thought provoking and challenging. Enjoyed it very much.