Day 25 – is this why? – Thirty in Thirty

John Berry
2 min readApr 4, 2017

Read the quotes below last week in an article about how to read more books. They really got me thinking about my “30 in 30” goal…

Basically if you have a goal you want to meet, don’t tell anyone. I can see some value in this, but I can also see value in accountability. Either way it is something that keeps returning to my mind again and again. For all you know, I did every one of my goals that I aspired to do.

Science shows that sharing your intentions with others when you’re working toward a task or goal can backfire, and make you less likely to succeed.

A 2009 study found that when students who wanted to become psychologists wrote down activities that would help them achieve that goal and shared them with the experimenter, they were less likely to actually perform those activities. The control group who did not share their list of intended activities with the experimenter spent much more time pursuing those activities.

When people share their goal, they feel less motivation to work hard. So if you’re committing to reading more books, express your goal, and your steps to get there-even write it down-but keep it tour self.

I would love to hear other’s thoughts on this, as well.

This is part of my Thirty in Thirty series. You can read Day 1 here, and follow the links up until now.

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John Berry

Sometimes writing, sometimes designing, but always growing exploring and discovering. Product Designer @Facebook