We’ve made it to the home stretch of 2016. What kind of progress did you make on your New Year’s resolutions this year?
No one likes hearing that question, do they? Somehow the months slip by, and your goals just sort of get away from you, taking a back seat to other priorities.
But we know one thing to help keep you focused on achieving goals, though: money!
Not enough for you? Alright, what if smoking one more cigarette meant supporting the worst possible candidate for president?
In the name of civility, I won’t weigh in on who that (obviously) is.
But you have the name in your head now, and I’m going to tell you how your hatred of that really ugly, malicious person can guide you to an 11th-hour victory over your 2016 goals.
How to Get Motivated by Your Dislike of Clinton or Trump
The website adds real-world stakes to your goals through an “anti-charity” model. If you don’t achieve the goal you set, it will donate your money to your least-favorite presidential candidates.
Here’s how it works:
- Choose the goal you want to achieve — and a deadline.
- Set any amount of money you want to put on the line, at least $5.
- Choose your anti-charity: Either Donald Trump’s or Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
- Commit to your goal by entering your email and credit card information. You also have the option to set an accountability partner, who will vouch for you. You’ll receive an email confirming your commitment.
- On or before the deadline, respond to TrumpYourGoals.com via email to confirm you’ve achieved your goal. If you selected an accountability partner, they’ll also have to email to verify.
- If you don’t confirm you achieved your goal, TrumpYourGoals.com will send your donation to your anti-charity.
Is This Legit?
Intriguing as this service is, we don’t advocate sharing your credit card information willy-nilly around the internet. We reached out to the website’s creator DatsuSoftware to clarify a few things.
First, is your credit card information safe? DatsuSoftware co-founder Dan Fine says yes. You’ll enter your information through the payment service Stripe, so “credit card information is completely encrypted and never touches (their) servers.”
How does the site know whether you’ve actually met your goal? It sounds like it relies on the honor system. You can hold yourself accountable with the optional partner, or simply email confirmation yourself.
Because you can only benefit from achieving the goals you set for yourself, we encourage you to hold yourself accountable.
If you think you’ll be tempted to give up on your goals, enlist an accountability partner. And, let’s be real: It’s September — you’re probably going to want the extra nudge.
Finally, how do you know where your money is actually going? “If the user fails their goal, they receive a follow-up email confirming that their money has been donated to their selected anti-charity,” Fine explains.
So, that part is kind of on the honor system, too.
But the real point is to find motivation to achieve your goals, and saving your money sounds like motivation to me!
“Hatred towards politicians strikes many people as wasted energy,” says Jason Martin, CEO of DatsuSoftware and developer of TrumpYourGoals.com, “but, in this case, it can serve you well.
“If abandoning a goal could help the worst candidate in U.S. history reach the White House, that might very well be the nudge you need to keep you committed to the very end.”
Your Turn: Will you risk donating money to a political candidate to achieve your goal?
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).