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.
Outcome goals _ some issues _ The problem facing many people with regard to \'Outcome\' goals is that there is an element that is outside the power of the individual. An example of the potential issues with an \'outcome\' goal comes from a rather sad testimony from one particular research participant: \"My goal was to have ū million in the bank for my retirement by age 55. I achieved my goal with great satisfaction early at age 43. Unfortunately my bank was at the centre of a fraud and went under. 16 years later, I am still working and slowly rebuilding my goal. So, goals are important and we need to know what we want to achieve in life _ just choose a goal only including yourself and don\'t leave all of it in one place.\"