Tips for Setting Goals
- Having a specific goal and creating defined strategies rather than just saying, "do your best", increases an individual's motivation (Locke & Brian 1966, Brian & Locke, 1967; Locke & Latham, 2002).
- Investing in your goal makes you more likely to be persistent, creative, and risk-taking (Dewett, 2007; Lepper, Greene, & Nisbett, 1973).
- You are more likely to achieve your goals by keeping them private. This is because telling others about your goals satisfies your social-reality enough that you feel less motivated to achieve your goal (Gollwitzer et. al, 2009).
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