The New Year is a natural time to set goals, whether it's getting fit, saving money, stopping smoking, or starting a business.
And naturally it feels good to share these goals with the people around you. Added to that, in our social media world, we're no longer just sharing our goals with family and friends. Anybody who happens to chance upon our blog post, tweet, Instagram photo, or whatever other form your public broadcast might take, can cheer us on. That will give us even more drive to achieve our goals, right? Apparently not.
You might even think that by making your goals public, you're more likely to achieve them, yet research has shown that sharing goals actually makes us more likely to fail. This is because we get a rush from sharing them, which in turn tricks us into believing that we've actually achieved them, a phenomenon known as social reality.
Instead, why not try recording the steps - however small - you're taking towards your goals? That way you can monitor you progress, make adjustments along the way, and encourage yourself. That's the approach I'm taking this year, and have bought this notebook from Muji to record my daily work.
If you're interested in learning more, watch this short talk from Derek Sivers: