Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Still a Shamu?

Do you have a big goal you’d like to reach?

A key decision you need to make is: Do you tell your family, friends and coworkers about the goal?

One school of thought says you should keep the goal to yourself. Some success experts believe telling others about the goal burns up energy better directed to the accomplishment. Their logic is that talking about the goal tells part of your mind you’ve already invested energy in it so you can start easing off.

The other school of thought is based on support and embarrassment. These folks advise telling anyone and everyone about your goal. For example, if you want to lose weight you should tell your friends and family so that, down the road, those same people can support you and ask, “So, what happened about that weightloss effort?” The logic is that if you have to say, “Well, I blew it off and I’m still a Shamu,” the potential embarrassment will be a motivator.

We’re all smart people and most of the time we know what works and what doesn’t for us. In the past, when you’ve told friends and family about goals, was that action a positive or negative factor in reaching the goal?

Mind you, we all have dreams we talk about that don’t come true. But, when it comes to the goals that matter to you has talking about them helped?

So, are ya tellin’ or not?

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