Select a Painful Consequence to Achieve Your Goal

Tired woman after a gym sessionWhich goal did you set in January that you are still struggling to achieve? I don’t know why you are falling off track, but here’s how you can improve things.

I recently heard of a woman who tried and failed to lose weight for 13 years. Then she was advised to write a cheque to an organisation she loathed and give it to a friend with instructions to post it to that entity should she fail again. She did that and guess what? Every time she felt like indulging with a doughnut or not going to the gym, the thought of her money going to an organisation she hated would jolt her back on track. Within the stipulated time, she had lost the weight.

Our mind responds more strongly to pain than pleasure. Therefore select yourself a painful consequence, a punishment if you may, to boost your changes of reaching your goal. Personally I have a problem of staying consistent to my fitness program. I perform a set of exercises three times a week and should I fail, my painful consequence is taking a cold shower. Just the thought of it jolts me out of bed and pushes me to go through the routine whether I feel like it or not.

Having someone to hold you accountable also boosts your chances of success.

What technique do you use to keep yourself going and to remain consistent towards achieving your goal? Please share with me in the comments below.


Angela Kamanzi
Your Friend in Biashara



About Angela

Angela Kamanzi is passionate about empowering African women through entrepreneurship. She is the publisher and founding editor of MKAZI, a digital magazine that offers solutions and tools to women who are starting up in business or taking their ventures to the next level. She is the founder of BizzRafiki-Your Friend in Biashara, a mentorship program which specialises in helping budding or aspiring women entrepreneurs start or grow high income business ventures from their passion. For more than ten years she contributed to a number of local and international publications as a freelance writer. She has 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship. She lives in Nairobi with her husband and their two sons. Her journey was featured on Lionesses of Africa, on AM Live NTV , in the Saturday Nation, on Supamamas website and Mummy Tales blog.

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