You know how exciting it is to tell a friend about your new idea for a product/business/invention?
Turns out, it’s better to keep your mouth shut:
Unfortunately the mind sometimes has a nasty habit of sabotaging our best attempts to control ourselves. Recent research by Gollwitzer et al. (2010) suggests that, in fact, making our goals public can have precisely the opposite effect from what we intend.
Across three experiments the link between making goals public and actually working towards them was tested. What they found in every study was that when participants had shared their goal with someone else, instead of increasing their commitment, it reduced it.
Seems the best way to approach your goals is to just do them.