So there seems to be consensus that goal_setting is important, yet there is some evidence to support it, yet, as we shall see, from research undertaken for this study, having written the goal down is perhaps not the most important concern. What we will see is that the process of goal_setting is perhaps more important than the goal itself! There is some strong support for the concept of SMART goals. Goals that are Specific and Stretching, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time_bound. There\'s a great deal of common sense reasoning that supports the idea of SMART goals _ and there\'s some excellent robust research. Why set goals? Edwin Lock and Gary Latham have undertaken a great deal of leading research about goals and goal_setting and neatly suggest that setting goals implies dissatisfaction with the current condition and a desire to attain an outcome Locke and Latham, 2006.
Evaluate \"Even if we fail, we can evaluate what we have tried, see what we have done wrong, modify our method of attack _ and try again.\" _ John Cusworth _ Whether you achieved your goal or not is unimportant, but what is important is to take time to reflect back on all the things that you did to get as far as you did. Ask yourself, \"What did I do right?\" and \"What could I have done better?\" By honestly answering these questions you will already be much further ahead on your next major goal than you were on your previous one, and you will begin to find that each major goal you set will become easier and easier to obtain until it becomes almost effortless. Make Changes _ \"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.\" _ Albert Einstein . After you\'ve honestly evaluated yourself it\'s time to make changes. Sometimes they\'re small and easy adjustments, other times it can be painfully difficult. But if you desire to keep progressing and live a more fulfilling life, then changes must be made constantly.