Setting Yourself Goals


Perhaps the most popular proponents of the goal setting theory are philosophers
E.A. Locke and G. Latham. Their theory suggests that goal setting is innate among
human beings and that identifying and mapping out methods to reach them are
some of the most natural factors of human behavior.

Setting Yourself Goals

Related literature would tell you that goal setting theory is rooted on these four
basic ideas:
1. People rationally set task-related goals.
2. People are the ones that determine how much time and effort are afforded into
reaching these goals.
3. Goals, to be effective, must be specific, accepted and attainable.
4. It is important to be list feedback on performance.

The goal setting theory assumes all of the above four and makes the following
general claims:
1. Goal setting affects behavior.
2. Difficult goals result in higher performance levels.
3. Motivation comes from lessons from a previous goal.
4. Goal clarity affects performance.
5. Goal difficulty is directly proportional to satisfaction.

Goal setting and behavior
Goal setting theory states that identifying goals allows people to make calculated
decisions. Once these are realized, they naturally direct and provide motivations so
that these goals are reached. It also helps people commite to something and
arrange their activities so as not to deter them from the intended achievement.

Setting Yourself Goals


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