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Research has found that in recalling an experience, we ignore most of what happened and focus instead on a few particular moments.
When people assess an experience, they tend to forget or ignore its length—a phenomenon called “duration neglect.” Instead, they seem to rate the experience based on two key moments:
Psychologists call it the “peak-end rule.”
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A defining moment must include at least one of these elements—it does not have to include all four.
Purpose is defined as the sense that you are contributing to others, that your work has a broader meaning.
Hitting a milestone sparks pride. It should also spark a celebration—a moment of elevation. (Don’t forget that milestones, along with pits and transitions, are three natural defining moments that deserve extra attention.) Milestones deserve peaks.
Defining moments stand out, they influence us, cause us to rethink our direction, re-shape the trajectory of our lives.
Moments of elevation lift us above the everyday. Moments of insight spark discoveries about our world and ourselves. Moments of pride capture us at our best—showing courage, earning recognition, conquering challenges.
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