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.
\"Perfection of effort is not required, by the way. It is the consistency of attempting to work these tools that brings the progress. It\'s like anything else. If I want to tone muscle, lifting a ten_pound weight a few times every day will move me toward my goal much quicker than hoisting a fifty_pound barbell once a week. Yes, it really is true: \"Slow and steady wins the race.\" Just try a little, every day. You\'ll see.\" Holly Mosier