If you were to estimate, what portion of your day is your mind filled with a sense of urgency versus curiosity?
Many individuals live their lives in a perpetual state of urgency, constantly rushing through their days.
The weight of expectations to excel.
The urge to accomplish tasks efficiently and effectively.
The anticipation of what the future may hold.
However, there is an important point to consider:
The sense of urgency you're experiencing could potentially impact your memory.
A recent study conducted at Duke University examined individuals' recollection of a video game experience. Participants were deliberately induced to feel either a sense of urgency or curiosity.
The study revealed that individuals experiencing curiosity demonstrated improved memory recall the next day, in contrast to those experiencing a sense of urgency.
It's truly remarkable how we possess the ability to transform our mindset and perspective!
Imagine, the next time you sit down (or show up) to work, you start by taking a few moments to...
Breathe in deeply.
Establish a positive intention.
Would you be willing to give it a try?
Sinclair AH, Wang YC, Adcock RA. Instructed motivational states bias reinforcement learning and memory formation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2023;120(31). [link]