At the start of the year, I learnt how to ignore all of the #2017Goals posts I was seeing on social media, but I can turn a blind eye no longer. Guys, it’s April, what are you doing?
Four months into the year you should be working towards your goals, too busy to have the time to broadcast what it is you want to achieve.
I get it, 2016 was a tough year, you want to decree and declare your future victories, but please, speak it into existence for God to hear, not the rest of your timeline- they probably haven’t told you yet so I’ll do it on their behalf: they don’t care.
Unless the people you are informing have the ability to help you, what is the purpose of sharing such information?
I’m an advocate for keeping quiet, #StayPim #PimSqua #PimLife, whichever way you want to dress it up, staying pim should be a lifestyle. If you don’t know what pim means, have a quick read of #StayPim
There are so many reasons why you should keep your goals to yourself (hiding your plans from village witches will not be featured on the list but is a valid reason).
1: You open yourself up to criticism
Criticism can be good, I discussed this in my post Dealing with Discouragement, but it can take a lot of time and energy to re-motivate yourself after receiving negative feedback. So why not cut this stage out completely? People can’t criticise what they don’t know.
“If they don’t know your dreams, then they can’t shoot ’em down”- J Cole, Too Deep for the Intro
2: You feel accomplished
I’ve suffered from this myself so I’m speaking from experience here- about a year ago I made a post about setting goals and I have to admit that I only got close to achieving one of the three goals that I shared in that post. Announcements tend to come with final results, we tend to make them upon completion of a task; when you announce your future plans, you’re almost telling yourself that you’ve done it and that motivation you built up in anticipation starts to die down.
This won’t apply to everyone, in some cases, making an announcement creates the pressure of being accountable, a will to be true to your word and deliver on your promises- if you are this type of person, consider only telling your plans to people who will motivate you to work towards them.
3: Show don’t tell
I don’t know about you, but stories of failure rarely inspire me. If your goal is to inspire people through your achievements, you’re better off telling your story (the good and the bad) when you finally have something to show for it.
4: Not everyone wants you to be successful!
No, not just the village witches (Okay, I lied), there are some spiteful people out there that don’t want to see people being productive: Enemies of Progress is how I like to refer to such. If you are still living in a fairytale land where Idris Elba is your husband, justice is always served and everyone is kind, please, let this be your wake-up call! You are welcome in advance.
“Real Gs move in silence like lasanga”- Lil Wayne, 6 foot 7 foot
*I know this isn’t what Lil Wayne meant, but this isolated line helps to prove my point, don’t judge my lyric-deciphering abilities on this please 😛
5: What/Who is your motivation?
Keeping your goals private can help you determine your real motivation. When you share your goals, you are likely to receive some form of encouragement which is absolutely great. But you want to avoid working towards something because of the fuel others provide as opposed to your own. Otherwise, the reality is that you aren’t really doing it for yourself, so what’s the point? Self-motivation is key if you wish to pursue any long-term goals.
Research has been carried out to support these views, you can find Psychological studies online if you need further convincing. In summary: you don’t need to tell people your plans in order to make them happen! In fact, you’re better off not telling them!
*In that order
All the best with your future secret goals, can’t way to see the final results!
S/O to anyone who got that second Cole reference!