Monday, July 5, 2010

perspective

We lose perspective very quickly. A statistic, a story, an experience or encounter, a website or some anonymous quote will suddenly give us "perspective." We'll gain insight to how good we really have it, or how fortunate we really are, how lucky, how loved, how smart, how special, how successful we are.  But then we click onto the next web page, or the phone rings, and our perspective is lost...

I was reading a book this morning (the book has a website) about eternity. Thinking about eternity gave me some perspective on my life. I spent over an hour reflecting on my life and its meaning, on where I should really be focusing my attention and to what I should be giving my money. It was a real "God-moment" for me. But then I got in the car, and fifteen minutes later that emotional experience that gave me "perspective" was long gone.

Change starts with emotional appeal. The video that you might have watched on Francis Chan's website might have moved you emotionally, but odds are nothing will happen that results in lasting change unless it becomes translated intellectually. So I've started compiling a document (and using the voice recorder app on my phone) that puts these thoughts, these stirring moments into words.

One study of Harvard graduate students shows this in a tangible way...  All Harvard graduates were taught that goal setting was important and necessary.  However, only three percent of the graduates actually put their goals on paper. Thirty years later, the results were in. The three percent who wrote down their goals were more financially successful than the other ninety seven percent combined. Wow.

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