Further self reflection has uncovered yet another little gem of insight. I used to believe that talking to others about my goals was a good thing. But I’ve learned in reality it has gotten me nowhere. The downfall of sharing your plans is that you give yourself a premature sense of accomplishment; thereby diminishing your ability to actually accomplish the goal. Sound bizarre?

Well, according to Derek Siver, a free-thinking entrepreneur:

Announcing your plans to others satisfies your self-identity just enough that you’re less motivated to do the hard work needed.

Sivers references psychological studies that have found if a person announces a solution to a problem, before it has been achieved, it now becomes a social reality.

We are actuality sabotaging our own ability to accomplish our goals. So next time you’re tempted to call your best pal and spill the beans on your next big plans, try practicing a little…

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