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.