Shut Up And Keep Your Goals To Yourself

Most of you already know that I’m a *big* fan of TED Talks. Here’s a 3-minute talk by Derek Sivers that caught me off guard. It centres on the notion that telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen…!

“The mind mistakes the talking for the doing.”

Here’s something to chew on from Derek Siver’s blog:

Once you’ve told people of your intentions, it gives you a “premature sense of completeness.”

Sivers suggests that we have “identity symbols” in our brain that make our self-image. Since both actions and talk create symbols in your brain, talking satisfies the brain enough that it “neglects the pursuit of further symbols.

What do you think? Agree or disagree?

This one is interesting to me. I remember as a teen my mother telling me to ‘protect my goals’. Keep them within and not to publicly announcement them; except to people in your close inner circle who were committed to helping you stretch into those goals.

Perhaps she knew something. (Don’t tell her that I said that!)