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Some sources (eg, 1, 2) suggest that public goal setting can increase motivation for goal achievement through social contracting, and fear of public failure.

However, other sources (eg, 1, 2) argue that stating goals publicly can have a counterproductive effect - the social reward of goal-stating itself can be its own ends, reducing motivation for actually pursuing the goal.

Under what circumstances does goal-sharing help or hinder success?

Additionally, is it impossible to achieve those publicly stated goals? For example: If someone has already said their life goals, then what to do? (This is in addition to second part of the question)

In our day to day activities, we commit to a goal we publicly share. Like, Its sunday, I will clean the room. and I will go to school tomorrow, on Monday for sure!. Now that these are short-term publicly stated plans, aren't we lowering our efforts as our plans are made public? Would it have been better if I just did the tasks without saying at all? (But that's not possible everytime! Like: If my mom asks me if I will do works, I have to say yes!)


There's a similar question here, but this question is entirely different, as it also tries to find out ways, to achieve our goal, even if someone publicly stated them.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think that stating things aloud and in a way "exposing" ourselves to others, on one hand will push us to go for our goals, because we want to avoid disappointing someone / embarrassment / shame as the article suggests, but more importantly adds a layer of clarity for ourselves (our minds tend to focus on what is clear and well defined, and consequently we notice more of will support our goals). This is why even writing things down helps, of having progress $\endgroup$ – Ella Oct 13 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ From the research I've seen along with anecdotal evidence, this tends to depend more on the individuals' personality than the goal itself. $\endgroup$ – user133017 Oct 16 at 9:32
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    $\begingroup$ related:psychology.stackexchange.com/questions/9462/… $\endgroup$ – Amarylis Vaselaar Oct 16 at 13:54
  • $\begingroup$ The link from @AmarylisVaselaar indeed looks like a duplicate. Does it answer your question? $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg Oct 16 at 17:30
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    $\begingroup$ @RaviPrakash These questions are answered in the other post. The answer is clearly that it varies a lot, that it is only sometimes bad, and that it is not impossible to succeed if you commit to achieving stated goals. I am asking if there is anything that is not answered in the other post? $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg Oct 17 at 2:56

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