Commitment to achieving a goal _ Attainable and Realistic _ Hollenbeck and Klein, 1987 suggest that an individual\'s commitment to a goal (building on Locke\'s research and many others) is dependent on a combination of the expectancy that the individual has of achieving success, and the difficulty of achieving the goal. In the commonly used mnemonic, SMART goals, this is usually considered as the \'AR\' of SMART _ Attainable and Realistic. Though Hollenbeck and Klein help point out that when we set a goal, it may well seem that the goal is attainable _ I can do everything that I need to do to achieve this and am prepared for the cost in time, effort, etc. _ and it may well seem to be realistic _ Given the resources that I have and the current environment, this goal can be practically achieved.
When you are establishing your goal, always follow the \"SMART\" system. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Specific _ Have a specific plan and a definite goal which can be clearly understood. And once decided, vow to stick to it. Measurable _ The goal you have set should be measurable. For example, if you are in business, your goal should not be to just make it grow in 3 years time. Instead, set your goal something like this _ to make it grow by 40% or more in 3 years, so that at the end of the 3 years you can see actual progress.