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.
What is goal setting? Inadvertently, or deliberately, people asking us when young \"what do you want to be...\" have set us on a process of goal_setting. They are asking us to peer in our mind\'s eye into the distant future and describe our goal. With little worldly experience, we most likely think of people we admire that through their job demonstrate what is valuable to our young minds. What would you like to achieve in X years that having achieved it will satisfy your personal values? Would you ask a ten year old that question? No? It\'s unlikely that they would understand _ but with the massive leaps in education and increasing pressure on children to know a whole lot more than the current generation of mature adults, they may well be asking you that question and be surprised if you can\'t answer it. I digress, but we are effectively asking that when we say \"what would you like to be...\"