Going for It: Woman Warrior

Sharing your goals for success

Want to reach your most important goal? Then you better keep  it to yourself--or so says Derek Sivers in this gem of a TED talk.

According to Sivers, we derive so much satisfaction from simply telling others our goals that we often end up failing to pursue them. Or worse, we end up deluding ourselves that we've taken action toward achieving our goals when really all we've done is talk.

While I am a huge fan of Sivers and definitely appreciate his point, this time I beg to differ.   There are two benefits of sharing goals publicly that I believe outweigh the drawbacks of premature self satisfaction.

1. Accountability. The accountability that I'm talking about isn't the periodic butt-kicking by a well-meaning friend, but the increased sense of obligation to follow through on commitments made in the presence of one's community.

2. Validation.  There are two forms of validation that come from sharing goals publicly.  The first is validation of and enthusiasm for the goal itself. Example: "Whoa! You are running a marathon? I've heard those are life changing!" The second is validation of your ability to accomplish the goals you set out to achieve.  Example: "A marathon? Those take a ton of training, but you are really disciplined so if anyone can do it, you can."

While we are capable of achieving goals on our own, I think there is much to be gained by stating them publicly. And frankly, the journey toward successfully achieving goals is much more fun when those goals are shared with others. 

Alexis Rodich

 |  September 27, 2010; 6:51 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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