Goal Setting

Setting goals for yourself is important to help hold yourself accountable and remember why you are doing what you’re doing. And we’ve got just the right TED Talks to guide you.

Why you should define your fears instead of your goals.

The hard choices — what we most fear doing, asking, saying — are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls “fear-setting.” Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.

Three ways to plane for the (very) long term.

We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains – an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term … like, grandchildren-scale long term? Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate.

5 ways to kill your dreams.

All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. TED Fellow and Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.

Keep your goals to yourself.

After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

Four keys for setting and achieving goals.

In this inspirational talk, William Barr shares his own journey in building one of the nation’s largest home improvement companies and the four keys that led to his success.

Why you will fail to have a great career.

In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.