Now that we’re nearing the end of summer, how are the green New Year’s resolutions you made at the beginning of the year holding up? Are you biking more, gardening more, and cooking more — like you told your friends (or twitter followers) that you would be?

If, like many of us, you’ve failed to follow through on your green goals, the reason may simply be your big mouth. According to founder of CD Baby Derek Sivers, blabbing about what you plan to do kind of deludes you into thinking you’ve already done what’s required — thereby inducing inaction. That’s the case for keeping mum that Derek made in a TED talk earlier this year (via Freakonomics):

Ideally, you would not be satisfied until you’d actually done some of the work [required to reach the goal]. But when you tell someone the goal, and they acknowledge it, psychologists have found that — it’s called a social reality — the mind’s kind of tricked into feeling that it’s already be done.

Does that mean you have to be strangely secretive about the goals you want to achieve? Not necessarily. Share the goal, but “state it in a way that it gives you no satisfaction,” Derek says. On his website, Derek offers this example:
If you do tell a friend, make sure not to say it as a satisfaction (“I’ve joined a gym and bought running shoes. I’m going to do it!”), but as dissatisfaction (“I want to lose 20 pounds, so kick my ass if I don’t, OK?”)
I personally like to share my goals — but often don’t do so until at least some of the work’s been done. What are your personal strategies for sticking to your goals?

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