Is sharing your dreams a good idea? (Pendulum Blog #1)

The New Years Resolution - in September

According to Derek Sivers, apparently not

He states that tests done since 1933 show that “people who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen”.

W. Mahler discovered in 1933 that by making announcements about your pursuits that are acknowledged by others, release into the brain a “social reality”, almost as if the pursuit has already been attained.

Furthermore NYU professor Peter Gollwitzer did studies in the early 80’s regarding “Symbolic Self-Completion”. Here’s some of his discoveries:

Four different tests of 63 people found that those who kept their intentions private were more likely to achieve them than those who made them public and were acknowledged by others.

Once you’ve told people of your intentions, it gives you a “premature sense of completeness.”


So what does this say about us – I’m thinking about all the plans and goals that you or I may have set and announced… Was this a good idea?

I think that this is definitely something I’ll take into account before blogging about it – but by announcing that I’ll be taking it into account, am I less likely to actually TAKE IT INTO ACCOUNT?

Stay tuned…

(for Gollwitzer’s “Symbolic Self-Completion”  report click here)


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