Talking versus Doing

We all have some big, audacious goals: Become a New York Times bestseller. Make oodles of money. Become a part of the global canon. Become an author with XYZ line. And it’s great to have goals. But when and with whom should you share those goals? This TEDTalk is contrary to everything you have ever been told. The advice in this video is an outlier to the conventional and unconventional wisdom I’ve heard (and given). According to Derek Sivers in this brilliant (and short) talk, telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen. As Michael Hyatt recapped in his blog:

Why is this true? According to him, it is because you get the psychological satisfaction of accomplishing the goal without having to actually do the work. In other words, talking becomes a substitute for doing.

Hmmm….Raise your hand if you know more people who expressed some big writing goal and become focused on talking about the goal rather than breaking that goal apart and doing it.

Raise your hand if you know people who have talked about writing a book, story, or screenplay for years but nothing has ever materialized except talk.

Raise your hand if you have talked a good game about what you intend on doing but you are still facing a blank page or screen.

Let’s not confuse the declaration of the dream as the action needed to make the dream come to life. As Michael Hyatt briliantly summed it up,
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do,” so why announce it until you have accomplished it?
So what do you think: Do you agree or disagree with Derek Sivers? Should you be outright and public with your goals?

Published by tianajohnson90

I am an oil-and-water combination of humor, ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, procrastination, and drive. I am an aspiring romance novelist who writes by the seat of her pants. Waging and sometimes winning a daily battle with procrastination, plots, characters, and the day job.

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