Stick to your green goals -- by shutting up
Ideally, you would not be satisfied until you’d actually done some of the work [required to reach the goal]. But when you tell someone the goal, and they acknowledge it, psychologists have found that — it’s called a social reality — the mind’s kind of tricked into feeling that it’s already be done.
If you do tell a friend, make sure not to say it as a satisfaction (“I’ve joined a gym and bought running shoes. I’m going to do it!”), but as dissatisfaction (“I want to lose 20 pounds, so kick my ass if I don’t, OK?”)
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