Working with the garage door open. Finding accountability partners. Learning in public. These are all tricks we've learned help keep us inspired as we try to become better. When we tell the world we intend to accomplish something, we better start moving.
But what if we kept the garage door closed?
Better yet, what if we moved all our stuff out of the garage and into the inconspicuous shed in our backyard. We'd sneak out into the shed when nobody was around to ask any questions and we'd get to work, whatever work that may be. We'd progress in private.
You should always have something going on in your inconspicuous backyard shed. There is deep satisfaction found in progress made privately, slowly accumulating until you're no longer able to keep a secret.
When you're working in the shed, your progress is invisible to outsiders. Like a pot of water on the stove, there is little change to be seen in the beginning. Slowly, as progress is made, activity is visible, but only to those paying close attention. Then the water boils and the sound of the bubbles popping is too loud to ignore. The reveal is made.
Progressing in private delays gratification until gratification can't take it anymore. When you refuse to post progress photos or complain about how sore your legs are from squats, you're teasing your need for validation. Eventually, if you continue to make progress, the gratification will seek you out, in the form of increased strength or compliments from others, instead of you grasping for it yourself.
Start scheming. It's more fun when you let gratification chase you.