Announcing to the World What you are Going to Do
They were in one of my 90-day Rapid Results Mastermind groups, where we were digging deep and were going to blast through all that resistance. The group had come together and gotten clear on what they wanted to accomplish. They had each already announced their objectives to the group and explained why accomplishing these particular goals would have such a dramatic impact on their business. They were ready to rock.
Then I asked them how much they really wanted what they had announced to the group. Everyone empathically stated that they really wanted to accomplish what they had said.
How Willing are you to Win?
“So what are you willing to put in place to make sure that you get it done?”
I asked this question of the Mastermind group because I knew the individuals. I have seen them determined before and watched them move forward. Eventually things began to get in their way, and they could never seem to get done what they said they would.
Their eyes got large, and then we went around the room and added consequences if they didn’t get what they had promised done. For one person that meant if she didn’t accomplish what she said she was going to do, she would be giving money to the opposite political party than her favorite. She was an advocate in politics, and the very idea of giving support to the opposite team made her mad. Another person would have to give money to a former business partner that he had strong feelings against. Another was going to give money to his competition. And another was going to run a half marathon. Basically they were blackmailing themselves if they didn’t do what they said they were going to do.
How Much Do You Trust What You Say?
Everyone’s face had paled. I said, “What are you worried about? Don’t you believe that you are going to do what you said?”
“How serious do you take commitments to yourself and to your business?” We’d found a great way to test their commitment.
They all agreed to the terms. It was amazing to see how committed these people were to reaching their goals. At the end of the 90-day period, one person mentioned, “Wow, if I would have paid this kind of attention to my goals during the Christmas season, I bet I would have made twice as much money.”
The Harvest of Determination
Funny thing, every one of them met their goals. When it came to the day of reckoning, a lot of the people in the group had huge bags under their eyes, which they announced came from staying up late in the night to meet their goals, but no one had to take the walk of shame and pay the price of failure.
Next time you are struggling in your business and having a hard time getting things done, and you suspect that the reason is because you are letting little things get in your way, you might try blackmailing yourself for business success.