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One of the mistakes that I have probably committed hundreds of times is telling people about my goals.
Because most of the times, especially if I let people know about them, I do not achieve them
and it feels horrible when you say that you are going to achieve something
and then you end up achieving absolutely nothing for one reason or another.
I might simply lose interest in the middle of a project and quit or I might reset my priorities and postpone it!
I've always felt that telling people about your goals isn't the most effective method
but I never implemented it.
I tried couple of times, but sometimes I would forget about it in the middle of a long conversation.
When your friend asks you, so what are you going to do next?
and then you do it unconsciously!
We all have been in that situation, because we all have personal goals.
Losing weight, learning how to play the guitar, go the gym, travel, start jogging every morning,
start your own business, learn a new language, write your first blog and so on and so forth.
We constantly set personal goals and we have this tendency to share them with people,
as if we are seeking some kind of approval.
By the way, I started going to the gym.
Didn't I tell you that I am starting a Youtube channel soon?
I am planning to get a new car.
In fact, some people think that will encourage them.
When I tell people about my goals, won't I feel more accountable?
At the end of the day, I have made a public commitment. Therefore, I will more likely work on that.
If I won't, I might find myself in an embarrassing situation.
Or when I tell my family about it, they might encourage me and motivate me.
Unfortunately, it doesn't really works that way.
Your friends might congratulate you but no one really cares about your goals except yourself.
But If you give it a closer look, whenever you tell people about your goals,
in 95 percent of the cases, you do not achieve them.
As if you start losing interest in pursuing your goal right after telling people about it!
Something magical happens and you no longer have that motivation that you had before.
On the other hand, you usually achieve your goals, if you publicly do not talk about them.
It might seem strange, but there is a reasonable explanation behind it.
There are multiple studies that have been done to prove this,
but let's take a look at one of them by Peter Gollwitzer.
163 people were asked to write down their goals.
Half of them publicly announced their goals, and the other half stayed silent.
In fact, those who announced their goal publicly in front of everyone,
said that they are feeling very close to achieving them.
Soon after, everyone was given a task of 45 minutes,
to work on something that will directly lead them to their goals.
The only rule was that, you can stop any time you want!
The surprising part was that, those who were silent about their goals worked the entire 45 minutes on average
and said that there is still a long way for them to go,
while those who publicly talked about their goals worked on average only 33 minutes and stopped.
Sharing your goals will give you a fake feeling of achievement.
It will make you feel good as if you are bragging about it.
Especially when your friends congratulates you for that, you feel as if you already achieved them.
The gratification that public acknowledgment brings can delude your brain to mistake the talking for doing.
Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that you should not write down your goals and just keep them in your mind.
As a matter of fact, you are more likely to achieve them if you write them down, and come up with a practical plan!
Because if you just keep them in your memory, they will fade away slowly.
But be careful when you talk about your goals.
In fact, I would suggest, be completely silent about them until the moment you achieve them.
As they say, work hard in silence, let success make the noise.
And if someone still insist on asking about your goals, try to avoid the question or give a general answer
or use one of the tactics I suggested in the previous video which link you can find in the description.
And now it's your turn, what do you think?
Do you usually talk about your goals, or you just prefer to stay silent about them?
Let me know in the comments below.
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為什麼不該告訴別人你的目標? (Here is Why You Should Never Tell People Your Goals)

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陳妍蓉 發佈於 2018 年 9 月 12 日    陳妍蓉 翻譯    Evangeline 審核


小 V 是一個喜歡跟家人、朋友分享人生目標及規劃的人,不知道大家是不是也一樣呢?很多人喜歡在達成目標後才會宣布好消息,因為會擔心如果沒有達成預期的目標,就會被別人嘲笑。到底應不應該告訴別人自己的目標呢?一起來看這部影片吧!

achieve 是一個動詞,有「完成;達到;實現」的意思,通常用在「經過努力而達成」的事物上。我們常用 achieve… 來表示「達成某件事」,因此若要表示「達成目標」就是 achieve goals
Jason finally achieved the goal he set 10 years ago.
Jason 終於達成了他十年前所立的目標。

postpone 有「延後;(使) 延期」的意思,詞性為動詞。延伸補充 delay,這也是一個動詞,有「(使) 延誤;(使) 延期」的意思,最常見的用法就是「大眾運輸的班次誤點」。
They decided to postpone their holiday until next year.

encourage 的詞性為動詞,是「激勵;促進」的意思;而這個字的名詞型態是encouragement,是「鼓勵;激勵」的意思。延伸補充,若將 encourage 字首的 en 去掉變成 courage,則是名詞「勇氣」的意思。
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embarrassing 是一個形容詞,意思是「令人尷尬的;使人難堪的」。另外補充一個同義字 awkward,這個字在經常出現在各式美劇及電影中;若要形容人「不擅長社交」,就可以說 socially awkward
It's embarrassing to be caught telling a lie.

brag 是「吹噓,誇耀」的意思,是一個動詞,用法為 brag about...。另一個常見的同義詞是 boast,有「自吹自擂」的意思。
Yoyo is always bragging about how much money she earns.
Yoyo 老是吹噓自己賺了多少錢。

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看完影片後,小 V 想鼓勵大家平常還是可以分享自己的目標給家人、朋友聽,因為身邊的人是我們的後盾。當你說出自己的目標時,同時也給了其他人幫助你的機會;他們可能有資源可以提供你,或是曾經有相同的經驗,可以提供你參考。最後一定要說,有夢想或是目標的話一定要勇敢地去追逐喔!

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