Each new year comes around with the promise of a fresh start and a hefty list of resolutions. We often share these plans with our friends and family--or even take to social media to tell everyone else too. It's not uncommon to believe that by professing your resolutions, you're more likely to stick to them. Even though there's sense to be made of this reasoning, it's not entirely true.
After 80 years of research, Science of Us says that it's not at all advisable to be sharing your resolutions with the world because by telling everyone you're going to do something, you're actually less likely to do it. The way this works is through social reality. You create your own social reality by talking about your goals endlessly, and posting about them on social media, often enough that you start to believe you're actually achieving those goals--even if you're not doing anything productive!
There are some circumstances where the social pressure associated with posting your goals to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter backfire and you become embarrassed when you're caught failing to accomplish anything. This embarrassment can actually lead you to make extra strides towards reaching the failed goal, though I'm sure most of us don't want to get to that point.
If you're constantly posting pictures online of your new workout clothes or the healthy food you cooked (only to go to the McDonalds drive-thru later) then you're not doing anything for yourself. What good is a new pair of running sneakers unless you actually hop on the treadmill and use them?
So, choose who you share your resolutions with wisely. A select few to provide you with encouragement along the way is perfectly fine, but don't be too loud about those dreams and you just might reach them!
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