November 3


Share your ?goals ?— but only with certain people, study says

By Peter Julian

It is critical for people to share their goals, but they must be selective of who they share them with. People can receive a benefit from sharing their goals, but only with people who they perceive as having a valuable opinion. This means that sharing goals with high-status people can help people achieve their goals. However, it is important to protect against the anxiety that comes from sharing goals with high-status people, then feeling anxiety and pressure to achieve them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Should you share goals or keep them private? You’ll find conflicting answers if you turn to Google.
  • A new study published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that the best approach might lie somewhere in the middle of these two camps.
  • Results showed that people were motivated by sharing a goal with someone they thought had higher status because they cared about how that higher-status person would evaluate them.

“More recently, the idea became widespread in 2009 when psychologists published a study titled “When Intentions Go Public: Does Social Reality Widen the Intention-Behavior Gap?”, and also in 2010 with a TED talk titled “Keep your goals to yourself.””

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