Motivation Mondays: Keep Your Goals To Yourself

It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week and you need words of empowerment to start off your week of right.

This week’s words of motivation: Keep Your Goals To Yourself

In this short 3 minute TED talk video we see musician and entrepreneur, Derek Sivers, give an interesting TED talk on the misnomer of telling your goals to the world. Not only does he provide humor but compelling evidence (stretching far back as the 1920s) to his reasons why we should keep our goals to ourselves.

Telling someone your goals I think really depends on the goals themselves, but in terms of short term and long term goals. Short term goals are harder to accomplish because they require little focus. So when do you tell your short-term goals to anyone, lose 45 pounds in 1 month, chances are you won’t accomplish them or forget to do them altogether. In contrast to long-term goals, they require more focus like pursuing an education, graduating from college, becoming rich, or making a trip to Europe or to an exotic island. You can aspire to accomplish these goals even faster by telling your closest friends and family because they will all motivate you if not give you advice–plus the expectations are not as great versus telling your goals to the whole world.

So this week, do keep your goals to yourself and do plan accordingly. Your goals are your life, so do handle them with care–or give them away carelessly.

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You can also follow Derek Sivers on the web ( and on Twitter (@Sivers)

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