I met a friend at Sligo Jazz last week who I hadn’t seen for a year. He asked me how my online piano tuition videos were going…and inside I cringed.
Because despite the fact that I told him a year ago that it was a plan I had, it was now 12 months on and they still hadn’t seen the light of day. Thankfully I was able to tell him that they will (in a matter of weeks in fact), but I felt I should have had more to show for my grand boast 52 weeks ago.
It’s tempting to tell people about the plans you have, about the great things you are going to do. But in fact the act of telling others reduces the likelihood of you ever actually doing it.
Why? Because telling someone about something you’re going to do gives you an unconscious payoff – a rush of dopamine to the brain – making yourself feel good about something you haven’t actually done yet, and reducing the feeling you get when you actually do it.
There will come a time where it makes sense to broadcast your upcoming plans – hence the hyping of books/films/albums before they actually come out – but before that there are many times where the smart move is to keep them to yourself.
So I will keep a couple of things up my sleeve for a little while longer – but there is some exciting news coming!