Specific _ Setting detailed and precise objectives _ State each goal as an unambiguous, positive statement. The process of reaching goals includes an initial evaluation, frequent reviews, and progress checks. Goals should be set down in specific terms so they appear as crystallized pictures in the mind rather than fuzzy apparitions on the horizon. \"I have to loose weight\" sounds like a project of enormous proportions with nowhere to start. Setting a more concrete, short_term goal is more effective. For example, decide that at the end of two weeks you will have lost 2 kg. This is a more a more specific, practical, and therefore attainable goal. What precisely do you want to achieve? I want to be an Olympic competitor is not a performance goal; it\'s actually the outcome of a goal. Check that you objectives are specific and not just outcomes.
I repeat _ this \'study\' is an urban myth _ whilst it is quoted by some \'authorities\' and famous gurus on management and self_leadership, there is NO record of the study and NO paper on it. Yet its allure is understandable _ it feeds beautifully into the concept that in order for you to accumulate wealth (aka be successful) not only must you have specific goals, but you must write them down. For someone selling a process on written goal setting (see Zig Ziglar and Tony Robbins) it \'proves\' the process. So is goal_setting really important, or is it just a load of twaddle? To answer this question, rather than rely on stories of spurious origin, it\'s important to have some robust research to find out if there\'s anything in it.