October 31, 2008
How To Fool Yourself Into Doing Something
Interview with Al Secunda, author of The 15 Second Principle

Mike Carruthers:
Is there some big passionate goal you have like losing weight, going back to school, or getting another job but it seems like such a monumental task that you put it off? Well, ask yourself this question...

Al Secunda:
Are you willing to commit to doing 15 seconds a day about something you claim to be passionate about?

Al Secunda, author of the book The 15 Second Principle, says committing to 15 seconds is magical because of course you can't do anything in 15 seconds.

But, you can get started. And it's zero to one, it's the first pushup, just going zero to one, picking up the musical instrument or touching the piano for 15 seconds. So, it's really zero to one is where the mastery is because once we're in motion down on the floor doing one pushup, the second pushup is really not too frightening or too painful.

You can commit to anything for 15 seconds and Al says really, really give yourself permission to bail out after 15 seconds. For example going to the gym…

Just showing up and committing that you are going to at least enter the environment. And if it's that painful you can turn around and leave but it never is, it's always the fear of the workout- it's never the workout. And it works. Don't ask me why it works- you can get a brilliant psychologist on and interview him or her and they can tell you- but it's a game that definitely works.

You can link to Al's website from ours: I'm Mike Carruthers and that's Something You Should Know.

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