Respondents were asked if they were willing to share their own personal goal, 60% did so and these break down into four main focuses: Career, Lifestyle, Money or Ability. We also asked how satisfied respondents were with their achievement. The first three are \'Outcome\' goals _ that is, they specify a particular tangible outcome. Ability focus is a \'Performance\' goal _ such goals focus on an ability or capability of the individual. For those with a Lifestyle goal focus, average wealth is 95ꯠ and \'satisfied\' with their achievement. A Career focus, average wealth is just over 100ꯠ and \'somewhat satisfied\' A Money focus, average wealth is 162귔 and \'satisfied\' and lastly, An \'Ability\' focus, average wealth is 780ꯠ and \'very satisfied\'! Go on, have a guess on the statistical conclusion... yep; those who left formal education in the 90\'s focus more on \'Ability\', 80\'s focus on career and lifestyle, whilst the 70\'s predominantly Money. Surely a reflection of the environment of the time.
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.