Sometimes going public is not such a good thing. Facebook? Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea. That picture of you streaking through the center of town?
In this age of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there was no way that wasn’t going viral.
But there are times when going public is a good thing. There is a reason I put it out there to all of you that I had begun studying for my CSCS certification. It created accountability on my part. I also figured that if I made it public, I would have hundreds of readers who would in their own way make sure that I stayed the course (so to speak). By making it public, I could not let the books and CD’s gather dust in the corner of my desk like so many other things have.
This works for just about any goal. If you are thinking about running a race, be it a 5K, a marathon or anything in between (or beyond!), tell somebody – tell everybody! If you’re thinking about joining a gym and getting yourself into better shape, announce it to the world. In doing so, you will be creating your own support system that will A.) hold you accountable and B.) lend encouragement. Offer regular progress reports whether through social media, email or even through a blog of your own (if you start a blog, let me know so I can check in on you regularly!).
In the rare circumstance that someone you share your plan with comes back with a negative response, USE THAT! Get mad, get angry, prove them wrong and then shove your accomplishment in their face while thanking them for the motivation.
In the end, you will accomplish your goal and even better, by going public, you may inspire others to follow.