It starts with the Paleolithic era. Dopamine played a vital part in the success of these early humans. In the distance, when a fruit tree was seen, the body would respond with a small shot of dopamine to help the hunter stay focused on the task of getting to the fruit. With every step, as the fruit got closer, another shot of dopamine would be released to prevent the rush from disseminating.
Something we take for granted are the chemicals that are released second by second in our bodies. As many of your professions revolve around the human body, I don’t have to tell you the amazing capacity it has to sense the tiniest things and respond.
Much like the hunters who had small goals in their every-day lives, we require similar small goals. We have discussed vision. The vision of these hunters was survival. The idea of living longer than the current day. Their goals included hunting and gathering, goals that allowed them to accomplish their vision.
You’re a leader. Your vision is vital… so are little goals to accomplish it. One can not exist without the other. Luckily you have dopamine on your side, so take advantage of it.
Your challenge: start every day off this week writing down the one thing that is most important for you to accomplish in that day.
Make sure to draw it back to your vision. Few things are as satisfying as starting your day with a goal toward your vision and ending your day checking off what you’ve done.
Dopamine can be dangerous if we let addiction into our lives, but it can be a forceful tool when we use it to achieve.
Good luck this week!
The ideas for this post came from a highly suggested read, “Leaders Eat Last”.
Written by Emma Pister and Karl Pister