There’s a TED talk by Derek Sivers that people keep citing about how
telling people your goals makes you less likely to achieve them.
Sivers later clarified that it’s only true for “identity goals” where
telling people about the goal is part of what the goal is. Like “I
want to be a runner.” By saying so you’re making it sort of more true
in that you’re identifying as at least a wannabe runner.
I believe that for the kinds of goals people beemind – like “I want
to run 3 times a week” – you’re well advised to shout it from the
rooftops, as common sense would dictate.
Sivers’s clarification, along with his original TED talk: