Why Announcing Your Personal Goals May Be A Bad Idea


Almost every business article you read about goal setting suggests that you should tell anyone and everyone what your personal goals are.  The reasoning is that the more people that know your goals, the more people you need to prove to that you can actually carry out that goal.  Having lots of people who are ready to laugh at you when you don't reach your goals sounds like a great motivator for staying on track.

An interesting Ted.com talk by Derek Sivers discusses the idea that announcing your personal goals to othes may actually make you less likely to keep working towards those goals.  It was a very interesting idea and I wanted to share it because it goes against what most motivational speakers are saying today.  The video is below, check it out and let me know what your thoughts are.

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Gary Shouldis is the founder of 3Bug Media, a web marketing company that helps businesses create 360 Marketing Strategies to dominate their market. His blog is read by over 20 thousand small business owners a month and has been featured in the N.Y. Times Small Business, Business Insider and Yahoo Small Business.
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  1. Dan
    Dan says:

    If you’d like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:


    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A Vision Wall (inspiring images attached to yor goals) is available too.
    Works also on mobile, and syncs with Evernote.

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