Keep your goals to yourself

It’s that time of year again—when we declare this year’s resolutions to all our friends and colleagues. But how many of our goals are then abandoned? There’s always been a large gap between intent and action. Thinking about this made me remember reading about research by NYU’s Peter Gollwitzer that found that announcing your goals decreases the likelihood of achieving those goals. The gist: “When you write down or think about your intentions, there’s a gap between where you are and where you want to be. The compelling need to close this gap helps you to act on your intentions. But when you let others know about it, the gap closes because you (artificially) feel the same way you should after completing your intentions.” READ MORE.