Watching this TED talk reminded me of a simple truth I realized years ago but never gave more than brief reflection; talking about your goals bleeds your mind of all ambition to complete them. This may not be true for everyone, but I’ve found that the mere mention of a particular goal or worthwhile habit I intend to work towards is enough to sate my mind and guarantee that I probably won’t actually go through with it.
It’s interesting that this should happen, because logically it makes sense to tell people what you plan to achieve or work towards. They may provide support, and their congratulations and praise should propel you towards you goal… not so.
Keep Your Goals to Yourself
This brief talk by Derek Sivers explains why talking about your goals is a form of masturbation for your ego, and a simple way to avoid it.