When I was a child, schoolteachers and relatives would often ask \"And what do you want to be when you grow up?\" I honestly didn\'t have a clue. My friends seemed to have got the hand of this and I discovered that the expected answers seemed to be focusing around jobs or careers \"I want to be a Fireman/Doctor/Train Driver\", or perhaps something bolder like \"Rock Star/Famous Actor\" _ or around money... \"I want to be a millionaire\". Apparently it didn\'t matter what you wanted to be _ it still required that you studied hard, preferably got all A Grades _ oh and it was critically important that you \"eat all your greens\". Quite how Brussels sprouts are a necessity for success has never been answered fully to my satisfaction. By the time I was a teenager, I was at the \"I dunno\" stage. And by the time I was choosing my A level subjects it seemed that my options were becoming limited. Artist was ruled out on the recommendation of my delightful art teacher who claimed that my lovingly crafted painting \"hurt her eyes\" and Author was ruled out because I had little taste for over_analyzing Jane Austin\'s Northanger Abbey.
So there seems to be consensus that goal_setting is important, yet there is some evidence to support it, yet, as we shall see, from research undertaken for this study, having written the goal down is perhaps not the most important concern. What we will see is that the process of goal_setting is perhaps more important than the goal itself! There is some strong support for the concept of SMART goals. Goals that are Specific and Stretching, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time_bound. There\'s a great deal of common sense reasoning that supports the idea of SMART goals _ and there\'s some excellent robust research. Why set goals? Edwin Lock and Gary Latham have undertaken a great deal of leading research about goals and goal_setting and neatly suggest that setting goals implies dissatisfaction with the current condition and a desire to attain an outcome Locke and Latham, 2006.