Based on this 5-minute TED talk, I have decided to take on 30-day challenges. As I tend to do, I am firmly planted in my logic that “I can do almost anything for 30 days,” a close relative of what our coxswain used to yell in intramural crew practice “You can do anything for the next 20 seconds.” Despite being a blatant psychological crutch with a dash of underhanded self-deception, I’ve decided this logic is healthy. More importantly – as attested to in the video, it has the potential to propel us forward, give us new habits, empower us to try new things or (actually) stick with old ones.
Now, I know this will seem anticlimactic, but I can’t actually share what my 30-day objectives are! To explain this logic, here is another TED talk of the short-but-enlightening kind. The idea presented in it is that we shouldn’t share out goals! Although it sounded a bit counterintuitive to me (I assumed that sharing one’s objectives made one feel more accountable for them), psychologists have found that sharing your goals makes you less likely to follow through with them.
Why? Because people usually respond positively to our stated intentions, making us feel content even before we have actually. done. any.thing.
The warm feeling we get from having social approval/acknowledgement of our goals makes us too happy, thus replacing the feeling of urgency and the awareness of the hard work that the intentions-into-reality trick usually requires. It makes us complacent.
So I guess I will report back only after the next 30 days have passed! 🙂