Let\'s talk about how to do this and where people make mistakes with the goal setting process, because I\'ve made these mistakes, and I still make these mistakes, even though I\'ve studied this stuff. Let\'s take a look at that. There are a lot of people who work hard at achieving a goal, but when they eventually achieve such goals, they do not derive any joy or satisfaction from achieving such goals. The main reason for this is that what you have accomplished is not suitable for your inner values. This shouldn\'t happen to you. Clarification of your values is an act you need to perform in each area of your life.
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.