Mar 12, 2013

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Don’t talk instead of doing

Don’t talk instead of doing

I saw a study the other day.

This study showed that the people who talk a lot about their goals and their progress with others were actually less likely to succeed than those who kept it to themselves, or told one person and no one else.

Let me repeat that. Those who constantly talk to others about goals, success, try to motivate others all the time, talk about how much progress they’re making are less likely to succeed.

That’s because when you talk about it, when you imagine and try to replicate the feelings of having it, you trick your subconscious into believing that you’re actually achieving it. Your mind and body slow down because they think since you talk about it so much, you must’ve already done it.

I mean, think about the people you know in your life that this might sound familiar.
The person trying (keyword is trying, not actually losing) to lose weight that keeps trying to tell everyone else how great their new diet feels and how easy it is and how much progress they’re making.
The big mouth sales guy with a job that got a couple sales in a row and now talks all the time, giving tips and advice to struggling salespeople.
The neurotic person that can barely hold their thoughts and emotions together who spouts happiness and Law of Attraction quotes all day, but spends the other half of the time complaining.

Just because you talk about it doesn’t mean you’re doing it. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t talk about success, or progress, or imagine the goals you want. You’re allowed to do that, it can be very beneficial to have those clear goals established and defined, and talking to people will hold you accountable for those goals can help you as well.

With that said, every time you think about it, every time you talk about it, remember that you’re not there.

Someday you will be. But right now you’re not.

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  1. Interesting, because common wisdom — what all the goal-setting gurus say — is that sharing your goals publicly increases your accountability and helps you stick to it. If no one knows but you, it’s easier to get away with failure, because there are no consequences other than the natural consequences of the failure and your own conscience, whereas publicly sharing them adds embarrassment / reputation to your motivation.

    • Muscle Motivation says:

      By all means. It’s okay to share, as we said it can hold you accountable. It’s just important to not get caught in thinking that you’re doing anything just by talking about it.

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