A small mental hospital due to its limited facilities has a policy where it will give an early discharge to mental patients whose case is not very serious. However all patients have to go through a final interview to satisfy the doctor before approval is given. Two mental patients, Mr. A and Mr. B were about to be discharged and they went for the final interview with the doctor.
After the interview, Mr. A's discharge was approved but Mr. B was rejected. Mr. B was very angry, and when he met Mr. A, he complained about the matter.
Mr. A asked Mr. B, “What question did the doctor ask you?” Mr. B replied, “The doctor asked me what I plan to do if I was discharged?”
Mr. A said, “I was also asked the same question.”
“What was your reply?” asked Mr. B.
Mr. A said, “If I'm discharged, I am going to find myself a woman.” The doctor said, "That's good, it is normal." so he gave me the discharge. “What was your answer?” inquired Mr. A.
Mr. B said, “I told the doctor I hate this hospital. In the first place, I am not a lunatic and they made a mistake. During my long stay, I was not treated well, so if and when I am discharged I am going to buy myself a sling shot, stand outside the hospital and sling rocks to break all the hospital windows.”
“You lunatic,” said Mr. A. “How can you expect a discharge with such an answer?” So Mr. A taught Mr. B how to answer for his next interview.
Six months later, Mr. B was given a second interview and he was asked the same question. He replied, “I am going to get myself a woman.” just as Mr. A taught him how to answer. The doctor liked the answer but it just so happened that the doctor's schedule was quite free that day, so he decided to ask a few more questions.
He asked Mr. B what he was going to do after he got himself a woman. Now Mr. B, being a bit confused, didn't have an answer. Anyway, digging into his potential, Mr. B replied, “I am going to bring the woman to a room.”
“What are you going to do after you bring the woman to the room?” asked the doctor?
Mr. B said, “I will then strip the woman naked, take off her bra, and make myself a sling shot…"
Even mental patients set goals.
Great story to use for goal setting training. Eddy Chai