Your potion is another’s poison

Should you make a public commitment to change in order to motivate yourself?

Some people achieve great things by making their intentions public, updating everyone on their progress.  Others make a public announcement and everything falls down around them.

What’s the answer?

As with so many things in life, there is no right and wrong.  There’s just what’s right for you at the time.

For me, setting public targets rarely works.  It restricts me and leaves me less enthusiastic about my plans.  But that doesn’t mean you would react the same way.  You may love being spurred on by others in order to achieve.  As the subject of this post states: Your potion is another’s poison.

photo by ~Brenda-Starr~

photo by ~Brenda-Starr~

There is no guaranteed ‘get rich quick’ scheme, no absolute ‘perfect revision’ system of study, no surefire ‘weightloss regime’.  Anyone writing on personal development, study skill,  or business success is not writing a tailored guide to fulfilling your personal mission.  Reading about someone’s successful methods won’t guarantee that you’ll achieve the same success by following in their footsteps.

But it’s a start.

The good news is that you can discover so many opposing techniques for free and test out what works best for you.  Google is your friend, the library holds many answers, mentors can guide you, even a song can inspire you.  “You are the key to your own destiny.”

So how would you motivate yourself?  With a public declaration, or with private passion?  Or even a combination of the two?

Don’t spend too much time looking for the right answer. Instead, find your strengths (if you haven’t already), focus on them, look for relevant opportunities and strike.  If that involves help from friends and a public statement of intention, so be it.

And remember, we all fall down sometimes.  Whenever you fall, pick yourself back up and get ready to strike again!