Keep your personal goals under wraps

Derek Sivers’ three-minute Ted Talk ‘Keep your goals to yourself’  amazed me. He cites research that shows we’re more likely to achieve our personal goals when we keep them to ourselves because telling people about them tricks the brain into thinking we’ve already achieved them. As a result, we don’t work as hard at them as we would if no one knew about them.

Counterintuitive (to me, anyway) and I’m sure this applies only to personal, not corporate goals! So while you may want to keep your personal goals to yourself, keep sharing your team’s goals with the team and keep making sure that each person in the team has their own, very clear, and public, work goals!

 Discussion questions

What do you think about the wisdom of keeping your personal goals under wraps?