“Losers wait for motivation. Winners just get shit done.”
I encountered this clever quote a few months ago. Since then, I feel like I’ve been more productive. Every time I feel like giving up or procrastinating, I think about this quote. And somehow it is enough to get my ass to work. As a freelancer, there’s no one to remind me about deadlines. I simply must get shit done.
Whether you’re a dedicated student or a busy professional, I’m sure that you’ve encountered moments when you just wanna give up and avoid doing stuff. Sometimes you might even give up some side projects or personal goals you’ve been working on. You want to play that epic video game released last year. You want to eat healthy and lose weight. You want to start a blog. But then you think about all the work you have to do and then you end up not doing it all.
Nobody can blame you. Doing nothing is the easier choice. And safe.
So, you keep playing Candy Crush and forget about the epic video game. You order Twister fries for lunch. You don’t start a blog and just lurk on Facebook.
What if you can actually use your Facebook account to help you get off your butt? This idea seems counterproductive because Facebook is often considered a distraction. It keeps us from doing the important stuff. So they say.
But here’s the secret to help you really get around the things you’ve been wanting to do for a long time: public announcement.
And what better way to announce something to the world than writing a Facebook post?
Why Public Announcement Works
As human beings we are wired to avoid embarrassment. We sometimes even lie just to get out a humiliating situation. So, if you announce something publicly and you don’t follow through that would be pretty embarrassing, right?According to Psychology Today, “given that embarrassment happens in relation to other people, it is a public emotion that makes you feel exposed, awkward, and filled with regret for whatever your wrongdoing happens to be.” In order not to feel exposed and filled with regret, we go to great lengths to ensure that we don’t put ourselves in an embarrassing situation.
But this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We can actually use this to our advantage.
Let’s say your fave singer announced on her Facebook Page that she’s going to give away a free ticket to her concert. But then after the announcement, nothing happened. The concert happened, but no free ticket was given away to one lucky fan. Her Facebook fans was disappointed. She seemed less credible. She didn’t keep her word.
While we are no celebrities and don’t have thousands of fans, the same principle applies. If you claim to do something and you didn’t do it, you lose credibility points. You’ll be the girl or boy who cried wolf.
If you’re going to announce that you’re going to give up coffee and then post photos of your fave Starbucks frappe, it would seem like you’re contradicting yourself.
Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, also used this technique when she was trying to get more sleep. She believed that when she gets adequate sleep, she is more efficient at work. But since she’s a very busy entrepreneur and runs an empire, she could easily neglect sleep. Here’s what she did: she talked about sleep. A lot. She talked about it on Facebook. She Tweeted about it. She even wrote a book about sleeping your way to success.
Her goal was made public.
She was following through and getting more sleep. People would even be concerned if she’s at a party late at night. She not only achieved her goal, but people were helping her, too.
When I went back to school this year and have been commuting more frequently from the South to the North, I realized it was a hassle to have long, thick, and curly hair. The back of my neck would always sweat during jeepney rides. So, I thought why not cut my hair short? It was an easy decision to make really. But I had a pretty traumatic experience when I was 12 when my hair was cut short.
Since then, I could never imagine myself with short hair. And I didn’t have the confidence to sport a short bob. I knew that I would chicken out the last minute. I wanted to cut my hair so badly but didn’t have the courage to do it.
I thought, there’s only one thing to do: Keep talking about it on Facebook.
So, that’s what I did. I shared a Facebook status with photos of various short hairstyles. I asked my Facebook friends which hairstyle suited me. I also shared it on Veems. And practically, I shared it offline too. I shared it with my classmates, my friends, my mom, and my sisters.
Talking about it made me comfortable with the idea of having short hair. More importantly, I knew I had to do it since I have been talking so much about it. As a freelance writer and editor, I have to establish credibility by following through–even if it’s just getting a new hairstyle!
After two weeks, I went to the salon and got a short bob. To manage my unruly and wavy hair, I had to get a rebond treatment, too. My heart sunk when I saw my long strands of hair fell to the floor.
After the treatment was done and my hair was carefully dried, it felt liberating. I became a new person.
Having short hair is super convenient. Shower time became a few minutes shorter. Commuting became so much more comfortable hair wise. No more sweaty nape! 🙂 And for some reason, I feel more confident, too.
Do It Now
Now, it’s your turn. What is the one thing you’ve been dreaming to do but don’t have the courage to do it? Write it down. Talk about it frequently. Share photos on Facebook. Post your plans.
Eventually, you have no choice but to stop talking about it and start doing it.
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