How Publicly Announcing Your Intentions Holds You Accountable

written by Mikaela Cowles on August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized with no comments


I’m just going to put this out there – I haven’t published a blog post that’s contained anything more than work I’d written for another publication on Making Language Count since April 25, 2013.

Yes. You read that right. It’s been more than 15 months. If I were a cobbler, my family might have beaten me over the head with their broken shoes.

But here’s the deal. In my mind, I just couldn’t find time to write. I had paying gigs. I had to exercise. I had to make dinner, call my sister in St. Louis, visit my brother in Tacoma, and have lunch with a client in Seattle.

I mean really – I just had way too much to do to manage my own blog, right?

Wrong. That’s absolute cr*p! Those are excuses I’ve been using to justify my lack of online presence. I am probably not alone. You might be there too. I’m not judging you. I get it. It’s an easy trap into which you can step.

Yet, it’s still cr*p. And so – I’ve made an appointment with myself. You can do this too. Put a time on the calendar. Block it off and don’t give it up for any reason. Keep it like you would a client meeting.

When the time arrives each week or each day – get your bottom in front of a computer and start typing. Or grab a pen and paper and start writing. Heck, I’m using my iPad right now. Be resourceful and write!

Want to have an even bigger incentive to keep the appointment with yourself? Announce your intentions publicly. Tell a friend. Tell your family. Tell your clients what you plan to do. Few things are a better motivator than facing the public shame of not living up to your word.

There you have it. Fifteen months later, I’m back. I’m writing. And, I am very publicly announcing that I will keep writing and posting right here at least once a week.

See you in a few days!

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