September 2, 2010

Telling someone your goals makes them less likely to happen

4 comments:

  1. Some random PDF found by searching google for "goals go public". This is why we need scientific literacy! A lot of things discovered by science are counter-intuitive.

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  2. It's important to note here that the research linked to by Peter and that the person above is talking about is when a person has an identity-related goal such as to become a psychologist or lawyer or good parent.

    According to the paper cited by Peter above this does not apply to "...intentions in which the specified behavior is a desired outcome in and of itself."

    In those instances when a person announces their goal publicly, their desire for consistency, accountability and other factors come into play making a person more likely to follow through.

    So whether or not announcing your goals will help or hinder depends on what type of goal you have.

    If you are going to start a new exercise plan in order to "be a healthy person" then telling the world this may hinder your motivation.

    If you are going to start a new exercise program because you love exercise then telling the world will strengthen your commitment.

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  3. That's interesting. the difference between "do" and "be"is often important (see carol dweck's emphasis on process compliments versus trait compliments)

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