You've set yourself a new goal, perhaps a new business venture or running a marathon. Quite naturally you want to talk to other people about what you're planning to do.
TED speaker Derek Sivers says you shouldn't, rather "Resist the temptation to announce your goal".
If you tell somebody, the good feeling that you get from their congratulations and high image of you will make you less likely to go for your goal.
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In his TED Talk, Derek Sivers explains:
"The repeated psychology tests have proven that telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen. Any time you have a goal, there are some steps that need to be done, some work that needs to be done in order to achieve it."
"Ideally, you would not be satisfied until you'd actually done the work. But when you tell someone your goal and they acknowledge it, psychologists have found that it's called a "social reality.""
"The mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it's already done. And then because you've felt that satisfaction, you're less motivated to do the actual hard work necessary."
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So next time you're tempted to let your friends know your big plan, restrain yourself and redirect your focus to your goal.
Listen to the motivational clip on Kfm Mornings below — Scroll down to watch Derek Svers' full TED Talk