After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone — but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep your goals a secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.


(Video) Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself


    • Yes Sara. Irresponsible Ted Talk, imo. The 163 person study didn’t incorporate anything even reasonably close to a real-life situation. Figure out whether you are more motivated by announcing your goals or by keeping them to yourself. Then, do that.

  1. This is great. I definitely recognize the instant gratification of announcing my goals. I’ll be trying out this “keep it to yourself” goal achievement strategy immediately. Thanks!

  2. Pretty true, actually. Whenever I say out loud that I am going to do something, most of the time that’s the only thing that I’ll ever do–talk.


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