Through a random selection of fifty respondents we found that there is some commonality in the manner in which goals are set: When we compare the groups of \'Very Satisfied\' with their achievement and \'Satisfied\' or \'Somewhat Satisfied\' with their achievement. The first group were more likely to have SMART goals. The goal is described in sensory terms _ what will be seen, heard and felt, and for a small number, smelt and tasted. Respondents were clear about what achieving the goal will do positively for them and the cost to themselves (and others) of achieving their goal. Their goal, they considered personally stretching yet \'knew\' that they were capable of achieving it themselves. More than 60% stated their goal in the present tense _ \'I am\' rather than \'I will be\'.
YOU ARE AFRAID OF FAILING _ The truth is nobody wants to fail. Failure is painful and distressing both emotionally and financially. We all have failed at one time or the other. While we resolve to learn from our experience to forge ahead, we allow these failures to \'cage\' us and make us \'play it safe\'. Hence, we don\'t maximize our potential to the fullest. YOU ARE AFRAID OF CRITICISM _ These are people that feel that by setting a goal and not achieving that goal, they will receive criticism from others. If you fall into this category, I have a simple solution for you, ensure that your goals are confidential. There is no need to tell anyone your goals. Let your results and achievements speak for you.