On the horizon is a mountain, its peak visible on this glorious day. It is your goal. You are aiming to reach the peak of this mountain. According to the dictionary the goal is the mountain peak. According to the encyclopedia, the intended result is that you reach the mountain peak as a result of the journey (intended strategy) you are making. What\'s important, the existence of the goal or the journey to its attainment? Let me refer briefly back to soccer... Is the existence of the goal at the end of the pitch the thing that makes the game, or is it the strategy (and tactics) employed by players to score (reach) the goal?
Goal_setting is a process by which we choose our intended result, decide what we want to achieve in the longer_term AND determine HOW we are going to attain the goal (i.e., the strategy). Therein lies the problem for many people in regard to goal_setting... the process necessarily includes the strategy to achieve the goal. When relatives with kind intentions ask \"what do you want to be...\" the strategy they advise to achieve whatever you said, invariably refers back to the need to study hard, be a good child, don\'t answer back and above all... \"Eat your greens!\" As you get older, the advice may become more specific and even, more useful. You begin to discover which areas of knowledge and skill you most enjoy and are better equipped to clarify your personal goal as you become increasingly aware of what is important to you. Goal_setting for your career, life and business is strongly advocated and endorsed in hundreds of books and papers and articles. Most emphasize the importance of writing your goals down as part of the goal_setting process.