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...\"
The OED definition of a goal is \"an aim or a desired result\". That\'s useful, but I prefer the Wikipedia version which defines a goal as \"a specific, intended result of strategy.\" They amount, ultimately to the same thing: the intended achievement of a desired result. The dictionary definition, however, suggests that the goal exists with or without you. Why is this important? I hear some question already. Let me share an example: