Achieve Goals By Keeping Them to Yourself

People who talk about their goals frequently have a lower rate of follow through and success than people who keep their goals to themselves. Learn why you should keep your goals to yourself and how to effectively share them when you don't.

In the TED Talk video above Derek Sivers highlights a century of research in goal attainment and the sharing of goals. Sharing your goal with other people is a tricky undertaking because the simple act of sharing what you intend to do can activate pleasure centres in the brain and create a sense of accomplishment — when all you've really done is talked about doing something.

Keep your goals to yourself and if you do share them, do so in a way that builds motivation into the sharing like wagering cash on the goals or otherwise building motivation into the act of sharing rather than merely talking about what you intend to do. Thanks Duane!

Derek Sivers: Keep Your Goals to Yourself [TED Talks]


    I'm so guilty of giving my goals away...I will try not telling them until i've reached it.

    I am so guilty of this, my new goal is to tell people my goals.


    but seriously, thanks for this one I also have some friends that could definitely profit from it.

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