The desire to achieve great things seems to be co-authored by youth and confidence. Unfortunately, the older we get the more our self-assurance grows and the quicker our vitality wanes.
According to a new study conducted by a team of researchers led by Dr. Naveen Puri, our ambition peaks around the age of 33—the sweet spot that exists on the border of vigor and lived experience.
Puri believes restoring diminishing ambition can be accomplished by gumming a series of mini aspirations together. Every tiny objective crossed off your docket acts as a galvanizing building block preparing you for more meaningful challenges ahead.
“If you’ve never run before, why not aim to do a 5k (3.1miles) race within three months rather than wanting to run a marathon in a year. Once you’ve achieved this, you’ll have a sense of achievement which will give you more motivation for future goals,” Puru explained in a press statement.
Curbing the U-bend
The new poll which was conducted by researchers at Bupa Health included 2,000 participants.
Despite contrasting socioeconomic backgrounds, the majority of respondents expressed the same three immediate life goals: eating healthy more often, saving money, and getting in shape.
Saving money is often occasioned as the reason people don’t get around to the other two. Either because healthy ingredients were overpriced or because working the hours needed to pay their rent made it difficult to find time to visit the gym.
Vacationing to a dream destination, being kinder to oneself, paying off debt, carrying out a do it yourself project, practicing mindfulness, relocating, learning a new language, quitting smoking, and cycling/walking to work, were some other commonly cited life aspirations.
Fifty-percent of the participants who were determined to achieve at least one of the goals listed above in the near future confessed that remaining motivated was a daily challenge. Previously conducted research suggests that drive tends to decline as we enter middle age.
A recent study by the Families and Work Institute found employees generally stop seeking promotions and extra responsibilities around the age of 35. In that particular review having children was presented as an approximate cause of declining motivation but the U-Bend was also a contributing factor.
The U-Bend refers to the point in the aging process when perspective begins to frustrate the aims of ego. The phenomenon is associated with women more so than men, though child-rearing usually plays a role in both cases.
The National Bureau of Economic Research reports that 47 is the age that depression peaks. Following this, respondents report a wave of optimism that persists into old age.
In some ways this mindset is a retooled reversion to our idealistic twenties. The central feeling is a sanguine one, it just manifests less soberly among youths.
In reaction to the paper, several psychologists motioned a conscious effort to remain inspired against a growing list of dispiriting ventures. Dr. Puri posits the art of adjusting expectations in respect to one’s age and resources. Allowing dreams to yield to objective considerations isn’t failure but a natural component of maturity.
“Drive plays an important role in achieving our goals no matter what they are. Of course, everyone wants to reach their goals but doing so isn’t always as easy as we think,” explained Puri,. “When setting goals, I would advise making these realistic to your ability.”