Imagine that you are flying in a Jumbo Jet which is 600 kilometres east of Sydney and 30,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The flight is going very smoothly and the cabin crew have just finished serving lunch. You settle back in your seat to take a nap when the Captain’s voice comes over the intercom:
“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, this is Captain Phillip Brown the Chief Pilot on Qantas Flight QF17. We have now reached our cruising altitude of 30,000 feet and we are travelling across the ground at airspeed of 530 knots.
In a few moments the co-pilot, navigator and myself will be leaving you. Passengers seated on the right hand side of the aircraft will get an excellent view of our parachutes as we descend.
We’ve set the aircraft on Automatic Control and it will continue on its present course until all the fuel is exhausted. It will then just drop out of the sky wherever it happens to be.
This is a non-destination flight, so have an enjoyable trip.”
How would you feel after that announcement? What would you lose at the end of the flight? It goes without saying that you would lose your life. (You’d probably lose your lunch before that.)
No one in their right mind would get on a non-destination flight. Yet most Australians are content to suffer boring, routine lifestyles that are going nowhere. Wasted minutes turn into wasted days and eventually wasted years. The inevitable outcome is a wasted life.
Goals make life interesting.
The common factor in all sports is that the competitors work towards specific goals.
Supporters would abandon football in droves if the rules were changed to eliminate goals.
Imagine a game where the coach said: “Just go out and kick the ball around a bit and generally have a good time.” The game would then be pointless.
We all enjoy having our knowledge tested. Some enterprising Canadians have made an absolute fortune by adding a goal dimension to a general knowledge quiz. The game Trivial Pursuit is fun because the participants answer questions to score points and eventually to get their coloured markers back to the centre position on the board. The goal adds an exciting new element to the game.
Life can be stressful without direction and purpose. I invite you to read all of my posts on Goals Make Life Interesting and Reduce Stress.Trackback URL