Why Specific and Stretching? In Locke and Latham\'s 2006 study and previous articles, there is an emphasis on the positive relationship between goal difficulty and performance. Locke and Latham, 1990; Locke and Latham, 2002. That is, the more difficult the goal is to achieve, the higher the level of performance is manifest _ albeit moderated by commitment to the goal. Earlier studies had already identified that specific and difficult goals led to greater performance than easy and/or vague goals Latham and Lee, 1986
Perhaps if you know some of the most common goal setting obstacles you can work toward overcoming them. You Don\'t Want What You Think You Want _ Some goals are set because other people want them for you. If you don\'t really want what you say you want, it will be very difficult to set a goal for that thing. Be sure that you\'ve set the goals for the right reasons and that it\'s something you really want. Write down the pros and cons of any goal and know why you want to achieve that result before setting it in stone.