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Many studies have shown that peer pressure can be used in a positive way. Knowing that other people are counting on you to succeed can increase your likelihood of following through. Making your commitment public moves your goal out of your mind and into the spotlight, so that people around you can help you accomplish it. Making a public commitment can also help you avoid procrastination. And often, when you tell others, you'll also see them get on your side and look for ways to help you.
For example, when I decided to write my first book, The Myth of Multitasking, I made a commitment to my clients that I was working on a book. I told them I was going to finish the first draft by a particular date. Making this public commitment increased my resolve to follow through when writing time appeared on my calendar. So, who is the best person to share your commitment with? You have several options: You can tell family members, or your friends. You may want to share this with coworkers.
Making a declaration in public to a group of people, such as a gathering of friends, can strengthen your commitment and resolve. I've also seen people make successful commitments in social networking environments on the Internet. So take a moment to answer this question: What group of people can I share my vision with? Decide who those people are. Then share your commitment with them. When you tell them, be sure to let them know the date that you're committed to accomplishing those things.
If you're uncertain about whether you want to commit to the full vision, just share what you're going to accomplish in the next month. In this way, you can use the divide to conquer principle to reinforce your public commitment as well. In the next video, we'll talk about how to make it even easier to get help in following through, by building accountability.
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