Commitment to achieving a goal _ Attainable and Realistic _ Hollenbeck and Klein, 1987 suggest that an individual\'s commitment to a goal (building on Locke\'s research and many others) is dependent on a combination of the expectancy that the individual has of achieving success, and the difficulty of achieving the goal. In the commonly used mnemonic, SMART goals, this is usually considered as the \'AR\' of SMART _ Attainable and Realistic. Though Hollenbeck and Klein help point out that when we set a goal, it may well seem that the goal is attainable _ I can do everything that I need to do to achieve this and am prepared for the cost in time, effort, etc. _ and it may well seem to be realistic _ Given the resources that I have and the current environment, this goal can be practically achieved.
Burning Desire _ \"Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.\" _ Wilfred Peterson. The first principle of goal setting is to have a burning desire. This is not something that you can train yourself to have, you either have it or you don\'t. You may be able to stay focused on your task or goal for a short time, but without a burning desire you will inevitably lose steam. Have One Major Goal . (In each area of your life _ spiritual, financial, health, etc.) \"There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.\" _ Napoleon Hill. About 95% of all Americans do not have goals. Out of the remaining 5% of Americans that do have goals, most set too many goals. Why is this a problem? Because without one major definite purpose or goal you have no clarity; you are no closer to accomplishing any of your goals than the 95% of Americans that don\'t set goals at all. Your goals must be clear and specific.