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.
Performance goals _ An interesting aspect that began to show itself through the results was personal satisfaction in goal achievement. People who set \'Ability\' type goals, or \'Performance\' goals reported to be \'very satisfied\' with their achievements _ whether completely achieved goals or not yet complete. In part, this suggests the importance of personal values and suggests a question about the process by which they set goals.