Most people are motivated to achieve a particular goal they want. It can be losing weight, getting up early, learning a new skill, or even getting into a habit that they know is good for them but makes them uncomfortable. The problem is most don’t succeed, and I think it’s because they never make the switch in their mind – they never decide “this is me from mow on – I will …”
A study and development of a method(s) to help people make the switch. In my experience from experiments I did myself and from observing others, until someone does not make the switch – by themselves and in their own mind – these changes they want to achieve, the goals they want to reach, mostly do not materialize.
You might want to achieve something, but you’re not sure if you believe in yourself enough to get to the desired result.
A website and app, where you can list your goal, and invite friends to – anonymously to you – answer two questions. Do they think that:
1. you can achieve the goal?
2. you believe deep down inside, that you can achieve it.
The aggregated results are shown to you.
Everyone should have big goals, so tell us yours.
A website where users can upload their big – long term – goals, and let others be inspired, comment, share, etc. can be done anonymously (with just a nickname) or with your true identity. You can search for people close to you with a similar mindset, and connect with them through the website.
When you get an alert for a task you need to do, its very easy to dismiss it because you “don’t feel like it” at that point in time (you have more urgent things to do, like arranging the icons on your iPhone.) It’s easy because the context of the task is lost. You forget the “big why” – why do you need to do this!
If you write the reminder in a way that would give you the context of why you want to do this, it might help you execute on it and not reschedule. Don’t write as a “floating” task: “write a new blog post about time management for kids”, instead try: “write a new post about kids time management because I need to win over the parents target market”.
Making you prize and punishment (and the “what for”) public (even if you stay anonymous) might help you abide by it. Because it’s public, people can and will react and encourage you.
A site where you publish you goal, your carrot, and your stick. As time goes by you update your post with your progress, when you deserve your carrot, when your stick, and whether you actually received them. People can comment, encouraging you or criticizing you when appropriate, to help you achieve your goal.