So you want to accomplish something meaningful? A challenge? A goal, perhaps? A mid-year resolution?
Cool. I like you already.
But, before we begin dissecting today’s motivation hack, let me share a quick story with you.
A few months ago, a good friend of mine from work was really struggling to stay consistent with his training. He had trouble getting motivated, as many do. Some weeks he would be really into it, training like a mad man. Other weeks he was nowhere to be seen – a ghost of sorts.
Not an uncommon storyline, I’m sure.
After admitting he had an issue, he asked me what he could do about it. I dug deep into my not-so-deep mental folder of resources and dug out what I considered to be the most effective antidote to cure his inconsistent levels of motivation.
“Give me $100, now!” I said.
“Huh?” he responded. I can safely say I have never seen anyone more baffled in all my years of breathing. Ever.
So I broke it down for him…
“Listen, buddy. Write me a cheque for $100. If you stick to your training three times per week for an entire month, I’ll give you your cheque back. If you miss even one single session over the next 30 days, the cheque will be deposited into my account and you will never see it again.”
It took some convincing, but he finally gave in and wrote the cheque. I stashed it somewhere safe and the countdown got underway.
So what happened, you must be wondering? Well, only everything.
Two months (and counting), he has yet to miss a single training session.
Yes. That’s how powerful this stuff is. And today I want to break down this motivation hack for you so you can use it to accomplish and conquer absolutely anything you set your mind (and money/dignity) to.
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