Here at The Daily Muse, we want you to have big, ambitious goals, and we want to help you achieve them.

And that’s why you might want to keep them to yourself.

Huh? It seems totally counterintuitive, but telling people about your goals may actually make you less likely to succeed in them. “Your mind mistakes the talking for the doing,” explains author and entrepreneur Derek Sivers. Research has shown that your brain interprets the validation you receive from your friends the same way it would interpret the satisfaction of actually achieving the goal. And since you feel like you’ve already made progress, you’re less motivated to do the actual work necessary to succeed.

Watch this quick video to learn more about the findings of the study, and how to deal if you really want to gab with your girlfriends about your newest ambition.

Home page photo and video courtesy of TED.