Many people say that you should always tell people your dreams. In fact, these voices of wisdom practically advise you to shout your goals from the rooftops. The point of sharing your ambitions with the universe, say these peeps, is that you will feel a sense of accountability.
A few weeks ago I watched a video of a speaker on TED, a website devoted to sharing ideas through videos of public speakers, who said quite the opposite. In fact, he said you should keep your dreams on lock down. You should not share them with anyone. Why take a vow of silence when it comes to your dreams, you wonder?
Apparently some studies have found that when you relay your wishes out loud, you send a signal to your brain that transmits a feeling that is interpreted as if you have already accomplished the goal. Basically, you feel like you’ve really achieved something without really doing nothing more than waxing poetic out loud.
I thought this was revolutionary information. And when you think about it, it makes sense. Saying what you PLAN to do out loud is the easy part. Actually putting that in motion so you can achieve something = hard part.
I don’t really like giving out too much information about my future plans because I find that people hold me to it. Then when I don’t do what I might have said I wanted to do, three months ago, I get afraid that people will think I’m not working hard when the truth is I am a constantly evolving person.
Some people keep their ambitions to them selves to avoid dealing with the disappointment and unwanted attention that comes with failing to complete a goal. Do you think there is such a thing as keeping your lips zipped because you know you will get it done, and you don’t want to take any chances on anything getting in your way?
When it comes to your goals, what do you all think?
Share it? Or, Save it?
I tried my best to find the TED video that inspired me, but alas it is lost in the goodness that is TED. Just check out the site. It’s worth it.
UPDATE: I found the TED talk because an amazing thing happened today. A blogger that I follow, A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss, posted about this vid today, too. Her post deals with discussing your weight loss goals with others.