I'll let you in on a secret... my latest motivation to keep clean has been because of a blog I've been reading. And when I mean reading, I mean starting way back at post #1 and moving all the way to present. It's called A Slob Comes Clean, and "Nony" (the originally anonymous writer) lays it all out there for you... her messes, her excuses and her failures. Of course, you also see her organization, her motivation and her victories. I actually find myself excited to read another few posts every day, wondering what will happen next in the saga of Nony The Slob. Could you tell we don't have cable and I narrativize a lot of things?
I'm very very open about my pride of having kept my house clean for A MONTH. But there are other goals I'm working on that I think I'm going to keep quiet. I'm realistic enough to know that there is a high probability of failure. But by keeping it to myself, I don't have to face others when I fail. Instead, I can focus solely on seeing how far I can get this time, and as long as its farther than I did last time, I'll consider it a success.