Video: Why You Shouldn’t Tell Anyone Your New Year’s Goals

Telling someone your goals makes them less likely to happen. In this three-minute TED talk, Derek Sivers gives you a window into the psychological research done that suggests you keep your goals to yourself if you want to make any progress.

“This goes against our conventional wisdom that we should tell our friends our goals … so they hold us to it,” he says.

But evidence shows us that once we talk about our goals with others, the mind perceives it as real. Watch this three-minute video to take a look at some of the research and examples that support why you should keep your mouth shut about your New Year’s resolutions – and any other goals you actually want to reach.

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Melissa Eisler, MA, PCC, is an ICF certified executive coach. She partners with leaders to develop their systems thinking, resilience, strategic communication skills, and executive presence in order to reach individual, team, and organizational goals. She blends more than 15 years of experience in leadership positions in the corporate world, with her master’s degree in organizational leadership and extensive background in mindfulness to help her clients master their leadership skills and steer their teams through challenges and change. Learn more about Melissa here.

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