Why Publicly Announcing Your Goals is a Bad Idea

Jordan Mendiola

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The downside of announcing our goals publicly is instant gratification. I’m guilty of this. In 2020, I announced publicly I would complete a full marathon (26.2 miles). It’s almost 2023 and I still haven’t done it.

People congratulate you before you even achieve it, and the gratification makes you feel like you’re already done.

Here are three ways you can reach your goals while keeping them behind closed doors.

1. Find an accountability partner.

An accountability partner is someone you value, trust, and keeps you on track. They can be a friend, relative, or mentor.

Once you have your goal in mind, let them know. Explain what you’re aiming for, why you’re doing it, and when you plan on completing it.

Ask your accountability partner to check in with you once a week, month, etc. However long it takes.

As humans, we feel good when we help people. If you chose the right accountability partner, you’ll feel good that you told someone, and don’t attract attention, yet.

2. Keep your goals to yourself.

High-achieving individuals sometimes like to keep their goals private. It’s more of a show, don’t tell mentality.

We all know someone who talks the talk, but doesn’t… you know the rest.

The last thing I want is to be someone who can’t follow through. It shows weakness, unaccountability, and you shouldn’t be taken serious.

Write down your goals, refer to my 5-year plan guidelines, and find ways to make ideas come into fruition.

3. Do some soul-searching.

Not everyone knows what goals they want to achieve and that’s fine. I didn’t start finding myself until I stepped out of my comfort zone.

Joining the Army, picking up random side hustles, networking, and thorough research all made me the person I am today.

Failure is at every corner. Embrace it, don’t run from it.

The more you fall flat on your face and fail, the more life experience you have and rejection stops affecting you.

“Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with insight and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way.”
Allan Rufus, The Master’s Sacred Knowledge

Final Thought

Odds are, you’re already a high-achieving individual for clicking this article. You know what you need to accomplish but might have a habit of telling everyone and their mothers about it.

Keep certain things behind closed doors. It can do more damage than good.

Instead of telling 5–10 people, maybe just 1–2 is fine. Together, we’ll become doers instead of talkers.

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com

Chicago, IL

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