Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

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After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone — but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals 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…


peterstiles1 says:

Good talk, but there’s another TedTalk that says exactly the opposite. I
would guess the truth is somewhere in the area of the details he mentions
later on in here.

Doba says:

*Reaching goals leads to satisfaction. Expressing your goals to others may
actually lead you NOT completing them. In this **short** TED from 2010,
Derek Sivers explains why you should **Keep your goals to yourself**.*

Sue Cartwright says:

Fantastic (short and sweet)@TED_TALKS by Derek @sivers on why you should
NOT announce your goals.

Founder of social psychology, Kurt Levin [1926] identified that it’s a
social reality that if you’ve already felt the satisfaction of achieving a
goal you are less likely to achieve it.

If you tell someone about a goal you are trying to achieve and people
congratulate you, it feels good and you are less likely to feel motivated
to do the hard work that’s necessary.

1) Resist the temptation of announcing your goals.
2) Delay the gratification that social acknowledgement can bring.
3) Understand that your mind mistakes the talking for the doing.

#TEDTalk #goals #gratification #motivation #success #dereksivers 

heyitsablackguy says:

I certainly agree with this. If you tell people your goals, they’re going
to talk you out of it, Including your mates. Just don’t share it. Hide it
from them and keep it to yourself. No need to shout out to the world,
because most people of the world are extremely cynical. They hate anyone
who’s different or weird. 

WatchThisReview says:

While I certainly see merit to this (and am impressed that such valuable
advice can be driven home in three minutes), I don’t find myself exactly
sticking to my unsung goals either.

Viktor Maximilian Distaturus Freiherr says:

Absolute twisting of facts into a direction with so many unknowns that it

—Just because you work a long time on your goal it doesn’t mean you work

The quality of the work needs to be tested too….. boy what a political

Even TED & not TEDx?…

3827 likes & 75 dislikes by 24.12. 2013
just 2% who get this? probably less?

Seems like i have to tell: 419000 people what my goals are…

Natural Juicing says:

When you talk less you get more of your job done rather than you talk more
and get less done… 

Johny Boy says:


Dee Snyder says:

This is useful info, but rehash nonetheless.

eliezer says:

My next goal is to keep my mouth shut about all my other goals. 

Tommy Bowman says:

Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself – YouTube

lexvene says:

Love this video, needed it. #jcanlove gonna follow it.

Christine Wong says:

Exactly, well done! (:

Canadian Fitness Educators says:

Well that’s an interesting hypothesis but there are other hypothesis that
that contradict this one so I think they’re still needs to be more studies

Ericka Butler says:

OOOOHHHHH…….this is powerful stuff

Jodi Goff says:

I can certainly see how verbalizing a goal could have this effect. It makes
sense, but I find accountability in expressing my goals. If I tell somebody
that I am going to do something, it motivates me to follow through with
what I said I was going to do.

Dhiego Bersan says:

I actually enjoyed the advertisement at the end more than the video ‘-‘ 

Senol Tapirdamaz says:

Why you should keep your goald to yourself. I really believe this, because
I actually told nobody about my goal until 5 months later when everything
was already being achieved.

T.S. Davis says:

*Keep your goals to yourself*

(A year old, but timeless…)
Derek Sivers urges us to keep our goals to ourselves. He states the power
of keeping personal goals secret, explaining how this action contributes to
a higher success result. According to Sivers, telling someone about a goal
means it is less likely to be achieved. Achieving a goal takes time and
effort and one should not feel gratification until it is completed. When
revealing future plans to peers, individuals encounter a social reality
that tricks our minds. Praise leads to satisfaction and ultimately keeps us
from feeling motivated to complete our original goal. Sivers urges
individuals to resist sharing their plans with those around them exploring
how psychological tests have proven that those who share their goals are
less likely to achieve them.

Tessa Doevenspeck says:

and that’s all I am saying about it right now.

Mariusz Pietrukowski says:

Why You Should Keep Your Goals To Yourself?

Michael Davis says:

Psst. Evidently, Human Resources gurus missed this one…

Oh, yeah. It’s less than six minutes long.

BRIK consulting says:

It is a bad habit to talk much and do little. To do vice versa is much

CreativeLive says:

Stop talking about your dreams and start building them. Did you know that
our minds mistake talking and doing…? +Craig Swanson writes about this
perhaps counterintuitive goal setting method on the +creativeLIVE blog: goal setting for 2012 to all of you!

jaime solis says:

Oh, so true!

Hossam Eldin Farran says:

A different point of view !!!
I like the commercial at the end though :D

Shabir Ditta nlp says:

Confirmation on ‘secret declaration’ keep it a secret

Mathieu Bertrand says:

New goals for 2013?
Keep your mouth shut! 

Josh Schroeder says:

I’ve set some new goals. Sadly, I can’t share with you what they are:

Travis Swicegood says:

I like this video. It’s what helped me write the first draft of my current
book in < 6 weeks.

Vegard Ølstørn says:

*Keep your goals to yourself*

Via +All About Psychology 

Brad Acker says:

*Keep Your Goals to Yourself — if you want to reach them*
I’m very interested to know your thoughts and/or experiences about this
topic. My first reaction is that such advice is ridiculous, because you
need others to assist you in reaching your goal — and how can they assist
you if they do not know your goals.

Derek Sivers (in this years-old TEDTalk) says “repeated psychology tests
have proven that telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen.”
Psychologists have found that you feel better after telling friends about
your goal and that feeling of slightly increased satisfaction prevents you
from achieving your goal.

Dejan Krstevski says:

*+Derek Sivers** – Keep your goals to yourself*
Contrary to popular wisdom, telling someone your goal will make you less
likely to achieve it. When you have a goal in mind, there are steps you
need to take in order to achieve it and you don’t feel good until you’ve
done something, but if you tell someone about it and they acknowledge and
support you, you feel the satisfaction of getting closer to your goal
without actually doing anything.
So next time you have a goal and you really want to share it, you can state
it in a way that gives you no satisfaction, or just keep you mouth shut.
Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

Coyote Prophet says:

Better Put:

Matthew 7:6
“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before
swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and tear

All that’s old is ‘NEW’ again.

Inessa Alaverdyan says:

right !!!

Paul Asoyan says:

I agree with this wholeheartedly. #tedtalks 

Baris Baser says:

Turns out it might help you to keep your goals to yourself. 4 min video.

Michael M. Butler says:

A lot of us have been doing this wrong: a key seems to be /not/ saying
things the gratifying way: “I’m gonna run a marathon!” “I’m gonna lose 30
pounds”, but (if anything) saying “Kick my ass if you don’t see me “.

Ramesh Ramloll says:

:)) hah .. I don’t even need to keep my goals secret, nobody cares about
them even after they are articulated.

Daniel Waisberg says:

*Don’t share your goals, it decreases your chances to reach them*
That came as a surprise to me… but sounds very true after this

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