It’s easier to go that extra mile when someone’s watching
Before we do anything…
Have you got your name down for the brand new 4-day training session we’re running next week with Mark Ford?
If not, I urge you to do so ASAP…
We’ve got lots of new material lined up for you, including six new guides (including extra income strategies and techniques for living rich), which you’ll be able to download for free – starting Monday 12th.
And, of course, a week on Thursday 15th, at 7pm, you’ve got the Skype call I’ll be doing with Mark, during which he’ll be revealing some of his proven techniques for building wealth.
It’s going to be good. Don’t miss it.
In the meantime, some thoughts on motivating yourself…
See Your Results In Your Reflection
For the past 22 days, I’ve been doing 22 press-ups a day and posting a video of me doing so on Facebook.
Well, I was challenged to do so by a friend in the office, Dean, who was in the process of doing the challenge himself.
You may have seen it doing the rounds. In the same vein as the famous ‘Ice Bucket’ challenge, this one is to raise awareness for posttraumatic stress disorder.
Now you should know I’m a cynical old sort and I don’t normally go in for such social media type things…
But on this occasion I did because a, I need to do more exercise and b, I do think it’s important to raise awareness of any mental health issue.
So, each day, I’d take a quick minute to record a video of me doing 22 press-ups and post it online.
What I found interesting was that after I grew tired of doing the challenge (it took me about three days to do so), the fact that I was doing the challenge publicly meant that despite wanting to, I couldn’t really give up.
And it wasn’t just because other people who had seen me doing the challenge might mock me for giving up… it’s because now I was documenting my progress, I would have a clear record of my failure.
That’s interesting because I’ve attempted a great many times to get into some kind of fitness regime – just something where I spend a few moments each day doing a bit of exercise… a few push ups or sit ups or something.
I’d always start well, with the best intentions, but then a few days would pass and I’d find an excuse to stop and quickly forget I’d ever set myself such a routine.
The difference this time was obvious – I was documenting my routine.
And most importantly, I was documenting it in a public way.
Add to this an example from our business…
Share Your Goals
Each week I send our team a weekly update of what’s going on across our various services so everyone is in the loop.
In that update I include various aims and objectives for the week ahead – detailing the items that should take priority.
The primary aim of the update is communication. In any and every business, good communication is key.
But there is a second benefit to this update…
By documenting our aims in this public way, these particular tasks are harder to ‘forget about’.
In any busy business environment, new ideas and initiatives are flying around all the time and some will naturally fall behind others in priority or implementation. It’s not necessarily that you don’t want to do these tasks; it’s just that like doing a daily exercise, things get in the way and it’s easy to invent excuses to delay doing it indefinitely.
But by sharing your goals publicly, you elevate them from just being ‘jobs in your mind’. They take on their own identity and everyone in the team knows what needs doing and can focus on making them happen.
In both cases – the press up challenge and the weekly update – what’s really happening is that you’re sharing your goals publicly, rather than keeping them to yourself.
I would encourage you to do that same with your own goals.
A lot of people, especially us Brits, dismiss the idea of goal-setting because it always seems that you just end up writing a load of aims down and then months down the line, you completely forget about them.
This happens because a piece of paper or a note you’ve made for yourself is easy to dismiss. No one else knows it exists and the human mind is too powerful when it comes to justifying its own failures.
So, the way to get around this is to SHARE your goals publicly. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t need to post them on Facebook (although why not?), but you should find a group of friends or peers or maybe just one friend who you trust to hold you to account and tell them.
Formalise this sharing as much as you can. Set up a monthly review, or even a weekly update on how you’re progressing and share it with the person or people you’ve set up as your public reflection.
I’m sure that by doing this, you’ll be more motivated – and motivated for longer – to achieve what it is you want to achieve.
Indeed, next week, during our new training series with Mark, you’ll discover a whole raft of new things you can do to help you build wealth and to make sure you give yourself the best chance of following through on those ideas– I would recommend you take this motivation technique on board.
And like I say, if you haven’t got your name down for that new training series yet…