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 accountable you will be and you will be motivated to prove yourself to others. 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.
But what if that's not accurate? What if keeping your goals to yourself and being accountable to only yourself will make your chances of reaching your goals greater?
An interesting talk by Derek Sivers discusses the idea that announcing your personal goals to others may actually make you less likely to achieve your goals.
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