In English, “painting yourself into a corner,” is a colloquial expression for putting yourself into a position with no ready escape. However it can also be used in a positive sense as well. In fact, I often do this to myself to give myself that extra edge, to ensure I get something done.
Whether it’s writing a book, planning a new album, or creating a new speech, I often use this approach. I will set an unrealistic goal. Then I make it public so I am accountable, and put myself in a position where it has to be done. As a result, my unrealistic goals turn into realistic ones and I am dramatically more productive.
So what about you? What do you need to paint yourself in the corner with?