We’ve all been there. We make a resolution for the new year, we feel good about ourselves, and then a few days later, we break our resolution. Some people make it to a few weeks, but rarely do we see someone actually making a permanent change to their from New Year resolutions.

But here’s where we went wrong. We TOLD someone else what your New Year’s resolution is. Studies have shown that keeping our goals to yourself will actually give you a higher chance of seeing it through until completion. Here’s an interesting TED talk by Derek Sivers, it’s really short, and definitely will help you achieve your goals in life, whether its a New Years’ resolution or not.

 The life-changing conclusion?

Instead of telling everyone what your New Years resolution is, this time DON’T tell them. If you are asked, say it’s a secret, and you will only let them know if you actually succeed in achieving it.

Here’s the the most important part – you have to actually commit to yourself that you won’t tell anyone what it is until you achieve it. Give yourself a timeline. That way, psychologically, you are motivated to work hard to achieve that goal so you can finally tell people what it was, delaying that “feel good” emotion until you actually succeed.

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Posted by Derek Toh

Derek is the founder and CEO of WOBB.CO. He was part of the pioneer batch for the Stanford-MaGIC Entrepreneurship Program, and is also a mentor for McKinsey & Company's Youth Leadership Academy. Derek is on a mission to revolutionise work culture in Asia. He cares about initiatives that improve education and the talent market. Derek is also a big fan of superhero movies, and has been told that he drinks too much coffee during the day.