Every new year brings renewed hopes, dreams, and aspirations to every busy and overworked mom. It’s the time of year when we wipe the slate clean, set new goals for ourselves, and create New Year’s resolutions. Our enthusiasm is above average for the first month or so and then slowly but surely we find ourselves getting lost in the daily grind and pushing aside our goals so that we can just get through the day.
I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s make this the year that we set realistic goals and actually achieve them! Yes we work or take care of the house, yes we have demanding husbands, yes we have kids that need our attention 24/7 along with shopping lists and many other demands that I dare not mention…but if there is a will then there is a way. There has to be a way to set and achieve goals without wavering when we are faced with everyday challenges and distractions.
For example: Let’s begin with one of the most FAMOUS resolutions of all. LOSING WEGHT! I think with the exception of the most genetically blessed (you know who you are) we all have this on our resolution list every single year. We all want to look good, feel good, and fit in our skinny jeans. I’ve gained and lost over 50 pounds twice but I still have those 8+ pounds plaguing me.
I was on the Internet doing a search on Google trying to find some “healthy” diet pills (quite unsuccessfully) when I discovered a website called Stickk.com. Ladies, this might just be the thing that brings us all closer to conquering those resolutions together, pain (and pill) free! As I was going through the site it seemed as if someone had read my mind and created a way to help me with my predicament of falling off the proverbial New Year’s resolution wagon. It’s actually quite brilliant. A team of Yale birds got together and decided that the world was ready for a socially interactive website that would force people to follow through with their life goals. The concept is based on two well-known principles of behavioral economics:
1.People don’t always do what they claim they want to do, and
2.Incentives get people to do things
Most of us can admit to being susceptible to one or both of those principles at some point in our lives, right? Right.
So how does it work? You sign up for stickK.com with a simple profile describing what your goal is, then draft your own Commitment Contract stipulating what you’d like to achieve and within what time frame. As an added incentive, you determine what you are willing to wage to make it happen. You can take your claims public, putting at stake your reputation; or better yet, gamble your way to success by placing wagers in US dollars towards the achievement of your goal. Who better to bet on than you? It gets better. You can then assign a “referee” who would be charged with monitoring and attesting to the truth of your stickK progress reports. Choose your ref wisely. It should be someone that loves you and wants to see you kick your resolution’s butt, yet also someone you know would verify that you’re telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you 8 pounds! Last, but not least, you choose your cheerleading squad. Supporters can be added to your team and are asked to send you words of encouragement as they are updated of your campaign and your progress. Naturally, these supporters should be made up of people that know just what to say to keep you going. Sprinkle in some of those naysayers that you just can’t wait to prove wrong for an added dose of satisfaction!
We can achieve our resolutions, our goals, even our wildest dreams, all we have to do is raise the stakes.
I don’t know about you, but I am definitely in the mood to gamble!