How often have you set a goal and not been able to keep it? I’ll bet you began 2008 determined to exercise five times a week and eat a healthier diet. And I’m sure that you started out great, going to the gym every day, incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet and limiting junk. But now, two months in, are you still going full force or have you lost some of your resolve?
Go ahead; finish the fry before you answer.
Most of us have difficulty sticking with our self-improvement plans. When we begin, we imagine a future paved with victory. Our goal shines brightly before us, so much so that we run towards it, convinced that it is just a breath away. But as we realize that it isn’t and the luster begins to fade, we start rationalizing. Before we know it, we’re back to our old ways, defeated, maybe no worse off but certainly no better.
That universal lack of resolve is why stickK.com was created. It’s a site devoted to promoting healthier lifestyles via a commitment, a contract and your wallet. Based on the idea that we, humans, do better when we’re forced to and when we have support, stickK.com offers you both. You create a profile, make a commitment, which can be an already created on or a custom-made one, select a timeframe and then choose a stake – that’s right a stake. You have to decide how much money you’re willing to lose and who will get it (a charity, a friend, your worst enemy) if you fail. Then you pick a referee to make sure you don’t lie in your weekly reports and a personal cheerleading squad to help you stay on track.
Does it work?
I guess that all depends on your love of money, your devotion to your public image and your ability to lie through your teeth if you falter. However, having just made a commitment, I’m fairly confident that it will work. I’m only five minutes into my contract, and I’m already feeling the need to follow through immediately. It helps that I know my referee will demand to see results and that my main supporter will be supportive until I fail, at which point she’ll be mean. So I guess it really depends on whether you create a contract conducive to success. But if you do, you’ll more than likely stick with stickK and come out on top.