The OED definition of a goal is \"an aim or a desired result\". That\'s useful, but I prefer the Wikipedia version which defines a goal as \"a specific, intended result of strategy.\" They amount, ultimately to the same thing: the intended achievement of a desired result. The dictionary definition, however, suggests that the goal exists with or without you. Why is this important? I hear some question already. Let me share an example:
A goal is distinctively different from a dream or a wish. It is clear, specific and written down. It has measurable outcomes to indicate with no uncertainty when the goal is achieved. The Fear of Failure People have an inherit fear of failure. They therefore don\'t set goals simply because they are afraid of failing or not achieving the set goal. No one enjoys failing. It is painful often on many levels and depending on the area of failure, can cause different levels of distress in a person. Failure is unfortunately not something that cannot be avoided altogether. The way one responds to failure can however be controlled. Failure must be seen as building blocks for a successful life and every failure moves you one step closer to living this successful life.