What is a goal? Hold on just a moment though, what do we mean by a \'goal\'? Everyone at some point in their life has heard that it is important for us to have goals. Goals provide you a map to your future, whether in business, life, and career or indeed sport. It seems obvious, but a football team playing without a goal to aim for is just kicking a ball around. But, other than the more obvious physical goals as the target of a particular game, what exactly is a goal? And how do you know when you have achieved it? Is it even very important to have goals? A sporting goal is a useful analogy though; here we are more interested in the non_sporting variety.
Outcome goals are most often subject to others and to the environment. The greater the attainability of a goal through yourself only _ I.e. Your own performance _ the more you are in control of goal achievement. Goals that have a high dependence on others and/or external circumstances are considerably more difficult to influence. As an extreme example, one survey participant has goal to win the lottery! Now there are certain things that you can do to increase the likelihood of this becoming reality, buying tickets is a useful component, but how many? Interestingly, another participant who had a \'money\' goal did indeed achieve their goal _ through winning the lottery! Though that wasn\'t the original plan and they rated themselves \'somewhat satisfied\' in having completely achieved their goal.