Specific _ Setting detailed and precise objectives _ State each goal as an unambiguous, positive statement. The process of reaching goals includes an initial evaluation, frequent reviews, and progress checks. Goals should be set down in specific terms so they appear as crystallized pictures in the mind rather than fuzzy apparitions on the horizon. \"I have to loose weight\" sounds like a project of enormous proportions with nowhere to start. Setting a more concrete, short_term goal is more effective. For example, decide that at the end of two weeks you will have lost 2 kg. This is a more a more specific, practical, and therefore attainable goal. What precisely do you want to achieve? I want to be an Olympic competitor is not a performance goal; it\'s actually the outcome of a goal. Check that you objectives are specific and not just outcomes.
Final thoughts _ From our survey, those individuals who set performance goals using slight variations of this process represent a small, though statistically significant fraction of the sample that have a net higher annualized personal wealth accumulation. ƒሇ times) and are more satisfied than individuals who use only one or two aspects of this process. It is not the writing down of the goal that makes the difference; it seems to be the emphasis on performance or ability and the process of thinking through the goal. And for those of you, like me, who just didn\'t get round to setting goals way back and worry that you might have missed out _ well you can\'t go back and revise history, but you can create a new one now.