Perhaps if you know some of the most common goal setting obstacles you can work toward overcoming them. You Don\'t Want What You Think You Want _ Some goals are set because other people want them for you. If you don\'t really want what you say you want, it will be very difficult to set a goal for that thing. Be sure that you\'ve set the goals for the right reasons and that it\'s something you really want. Write down the pros and cons of any goal and know why you want to achieve that result before setting it in stone.
Commitment to achieving a goal _ Attainable and Realistic _ Hollenbeck and Klein, 1987 suggest that an individual\'s commitment to a goal (building on Locke\'s research and many others) is dependent on a combination of the expectancy that the individual has of achieving success, and the difficulty of achieving the goal. In the commonly used mnemonic, SMART goals, this is usually considered as the \'AR\' of SMART _ Attainable and Realistic. Though Hollenbeck and Klein help point out that when we set a goal, it may well seem that the goal is attainable _ I can do everything that I need to do to achieve this and am prepared for the cost in time, effort, etc. _ and it may well seem to be realistic _ Given the resources that I have and the current environment, this goal can be practically achieved.