Stop Talking About That Book You’re Writing

I hope it’s not cheating to reblog something… This longreads article caught my eye as I was scrolling through my feed. As you may have noticed, I’ve talked a lot about many of my goals, large and small, on this blog. According to this article, it’s better to keep silent about your big goals, and I’ve been doing it wrong all this time! On the other hand, there is a body of research that supports the idea that sharing your goals with others reinforces your motivation and keeps you accountable for finishing what you say you’ve started. What do you think?


When it comes to big goals, like quitting smoking or writing a book, author Euny Hong recommends you zip your lips. “​The declaration of intention paradoxically reveals the lack of intention,” she writes. If you’re working on a project, Euny suggests a vow of silence until you’ve seen it through.

Read snippets of her piece at Quartz:

Why does talking about a big goal, such as writing a book or quitting smoking, sabotage your ability to complete it? Because every time you talk about an unfinished project with someone, you are tricking your brain into thinking you’ve done some of the work. Talking about writing a book gives you the same mental fatigue and satisfaction that you’d get from actually writing for an hour. It’s demotivating.

One of the biggest mistakes people make in life is assuming that intangibles are in greater supply than money. All resources are finite…

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