Essential Secrets 62: Create Consequences for Missing Goals
Create Consequences for Missing Goals
Using the Ultimate Motivation Tool
Are you ready to devote yourself to your musical goals? Want to truly make changes in your levels of concentration and focus while you play the bass? If so, here is a foolproof method to motivate you to do everything possible to achieve your goals:
Okay, maybe punishment is too strong a word. You can call it a consequence or very serious penalty. Either way, it will be waiting for you if you don’t carry out your musical plan.
Try this: First, create your practice goal. Then, come up with a consequence if you don’t meet the goal by a specific deadline. This penalty needs to be something that you can’t imagine happening. Now you’ve come to a crucial step. Tell other people about both the goal and the consequence. You can even post this information to your social websites so all your friends will know what you’re up to. This disincentive system works best when other people are involved in your plan.
These two examples will get you thinking about what types of penalties will motivate you:
1. Give a pair of expensive, coveted concert tickets to a friend to hold for you. If you meet your goal, you get the tickets back. If not, your friend goes to the concert with someone else.
2. Promise—in writing—to your spouse, roommate, parents, or children that you will do some household task you absolutely hate for the next six months if you don’t meet your goal.
Do you think you’ll work hard to meet your goal under these circumstances? Of course you will! Disincentives, if you take them seriously, will completely change your outlook on life. You will suddenly have plenty of time to practice. Ten minutes a day will seem like nothing. You’ll be putting in 30 minutes a day, 60 minutes a day, whatever it takes to meet your goal.
You will prioritize your life—by any means necessary—to play your bass as often as possible and guarantee you reach your goal.
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