Public or Private Goals

Conflicting opinions on whether or not you should keep your goals private or make them public exist. There are compelling arguments for each so we’ll let you decide for yourself. Dreams of Mine supports both by providing you with a variety of customizable privacy and collaboration settings.

Research and studies by Peter Gollwitzer suggest that when you announce your goals to friends, a delusion develops that the goal has already been worked on. For example, if you have a goal to take your LSAT’s and announce your intentions to you friends, in your mind, you are already closer to completing your goal. In reality, you aren’t, but now you think you don’t have to work as hard to achieve it.

However, studies also show that by announcing your goal to friends and family, it puts some level of onus on you to actually follow through. If you announce to your girlfriend/boyfriend that you plan on getting your Masters Degree, you don’t want to look like a liar or flake by not completing it. Not only this, but by telling other people what you’re up to allows a chance for them to give advice and help you on your way. If you’ve had a friend already do their masters in your field, they may be able to give you some great advice on schools or programs to apply for.

Ultimately we leave it up to you whether or not you share your goals with friends. You may find that some goals should stay private while others may benefit from some publicity.

Best of luck!

The Dreams of Mine Team

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