Yes, you heard me, I want you to start gambling, but on you. I learned this strategy from a seventy year old civil rights activist who had tried to quit smoking for thirty years unsuccessfully.
Finally, in a fit of frustration with her lack of willpower to quit smoking, she decided to put money on it. She gave $100 in cash to her friend and said, “If I ever smoke just one more cigarette ever, I want you to send this $100 as a donation to the KKK.”
Sound extreme? Yes, but that’s exactly why it’s an effective motivator. The potential pain associated with having to donate to the KKK if she smoked again was far greater than the pain from the withdrawals from nicotine. She hasn’t smoked in twenty years to this day, and the KKK is still not $100 richer.
She used an anti-charity, an organization that she loathed, as the motivator to achieve her goal to quit smoking. You can use this same principle in your own life.
What is an anti-charity that you could donate to if you don’t follow through on your commitments? Examples of anti-charities include an opposing political party, an activist organization and a sports team’s fan club. Pick one that makes your blood boil and use it as your motivator to follow through on your commitments.
NOTE: Start with betting on small commitments, rather than big ones. This is not to be used to force you to accomplish a stretch goal, but rather to push you to follow through on critical, but simple, tasks necessary to succeed.
Written by Marc Wayshak, college speaker.