Keep Goals To Yourself

Research proves that keeping your goals to yourself, increases the likelihood that you’ll achieve those goals. Sounds crazy, but as this video shows, research explains what makes this phenomenon happen. The emotion that you experience sharing your goals, creates an illusion that you’re farther along the path to achieving those goals. Consequently, you relax. Relax enough to not put in the extra energy to do the hard work necessary to do what you set out to accomplish.

This of course isn’t true for all of you. I don’t believe there’s a one fit all solution, and in sports, there are plenty of examples of players/teams stating their goals and still achieving them. Joe Namath’s guarantee in Super Bowl III comes immediately to mind.

Like a lot of things, one perspective seems to get a lot of attention and it leaves people on the otherside, without the best fit for them. Talking and sharing your goals with other people can be incredibly motivating. If it’s not, keep them to yourself.

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3 Responses to “Keep Goals To Yourself”

  1. Wally Dickerson November 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I have always thought the self-help guru’s like Napoleon Hill (Think And Grow Rich) espoused exactly the opposite when setting goals. At least, they suggested you write the goals down and share them with a network or group of “like-minded” folks whom you trusted and would be supportive.

  2. They do, and I think for a lot of people, writing goals down is still a good idea. But, there are other people who are demotivated by writing goals down and talking to other people about them. It’s important to present both sides, there’s no one magic solution for everyone – we’re too diverse.

  3. Wow. For years I have accepted it as dogma that writing and sharing goals is the way to go, the way of the successful. I have tried it and it has always made me feel queasy. Selection bias or not, I remember several instances where I shared my goals and they seemed to quickly blow up in my face, leaving me feel like a failure for not succeeding, or feeling like a failure for not setting and sharing goals.

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