Why You Shouldn’t Tell People Your Goals: Let Your Success Speak for Itself

In a world where we share our lives with the world through social media, it’s natural to want to tell people about our goals and aspirations. However, according to scientific research, doing so could actually rob you of motivation. In this video by Terri Savelle Foy, she explains why you shouldn’t tell people your goals and how to achieve success through personal accountability.

The Science Behind It

Scientific research has shown that telling people about your goals and aspirations gives you a feeling of accomplishment, as if you have already achieved them. This feeling of reward can rob you of motivation to achieve your goals because you’ve already experienced a sense of satisfaction. Tests conducted since 1933 have shown that people who talk about their intentions are less likely to achieve them. In fact, 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.

Personal Accountability

Instead of telling people about your goals, Foy recommends keeping them to yourself and being personally accountable for achieving them. Foy herself didn’t announce to anyone that she was starting her five morning habits, which included praying, reading, listening to messages, writing her dreams and goals, and exercising. She simply wrote down the five things she would do every day for the next 21 days and set an alarm. At the end of 21 days, she continued the habit and didn’t stop. Eventually, people noticed the changes in her and wanted to know her secrets.

Benefits of Personal Accountability

Being personally accountable for your goals has many benefits. It allows you to be more focused, disciplined, and committed to achieving your goals. When you don’t tell people about your goals, you don’t have to worry about their opinions, judgments, or expectations. You can work at your own pace and not feel rushed or pressured. You can also be more flexible and adjust your goals if necessary.


In conclusion, sharing your goals with others could rob you of motivation and prevent you from achieving your goals. While it’s natural to want to share your aspirations with others, keeping them to yourself and being personally accountable for achieving them is more effective. Being personally accountable allows you to focus, be disciplined, and committed to achieving your goals. So, the next time you set a goal, keep it to yourself, and let your success speak for itself.