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Goal Setting and Mental Toughness

Goal Setting and Mental Toughness

Goal Setting and Mental Toughness

A prominent example of this phenomenon can be seen in Michael Mischel’s “Marshmallow Study”, which I’m sure you’ve heard of. During his five years of research at Stanford University in the 1960’s, Mischel studied 4-5 year old children in a nursery using a two-way mirror, so he could observe them without them knowing.

The researcher offered all the children one marshmallow that they could eat right away. She then told them that she had to run an errand, and those who could wait until she returned would get two marshmallows instead of one. All the children agreed to wait. Some of them picked it up and ate it right away. The others hid the marshmallow from view or did something to distract them – coloring or playing games. When the researcher returned, the ones who didn’t eat it right away were awarded with multiple treats.

The compelling part of this study is the results of follow-up they conducted ten years later. The study showed that those children who went for instant gratification struggled with school work and were constantly falling behind. They tended to argue more authority figures as well as with their peers. In sharp contrast, those who were able to control themselves had well-balanced lives, most were on the honor roll, team captain in various sports, and involved in extracurricular activities.

Because they were able to sacrifice the immediate reward from an early age, they were able to keep their mind focused on the bigger goal and prize – That is the importance of Delayed Gratification. So as you can see, helping your children develop this kind of emotional control, let’s call them “Goal Setting and Mental Toughness”. This is an extremely important training and this is what and how we help your children to learn. Mental Toughness is the ability to control your feelings, emotions, and attitude, particularly under pressure.

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