Most people are taught that if you get stuck on achieving a goal, it may be helpful to ask for some advice.
Well in this week’s Pinkcast, Dan interviews Wharton professor Katy Milkman who offers two tips that might at first glance appear counterintuitive. Katy is the author of the book: How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.
Katy first tip is to give someone else advice onthe very same goal you are trying to achieve.
Based on the work of Lauren Eskreis-Winkler, a professor at Northwestern, giving advice makes us feel more confident that we can actually achive the goal ourselves. Doing so also leads us to introspect in ways that we wouldn’t otherwise about what might actually work
And once we give advice, we want to walk the talk, it would be hypocritical not to follow through.
Research has also shown that when put in position of advice giver – people perform better at achieving their goals.
Katy’s second tip?
Create an advice club. Having access to professionals is helpful for not only reaching out for advice, but also helpful when you are asked for advice, for the reasons noted above.
So here’s my advice:
Stop eating junk food, and eat more fruits and veggies.
Now it’s time for me to walk the talk.
Here’s the Pinkcast video: