Succeeding at making good goals starts with knowing your destination. Having a clear destination and a challenging path sets the stage for great goals. When you are specific about your destination you ensure you don’t settle for less, or give up before you reach your goal. Creating a challenging goal motivates you to work harder and longer on your goal.
2. "WHY" VS "WHAT" THINKING
There are times when it’s helpful to think about why you have a goal, and other times when it’s better to think about what you want from your goal. Thinking about why is more abstract, and connects your goal with big picture thinking. It also makes the goal more persuasive. Working late is more desirable when you are doing it to advance your career (why) than when you’re doing it to keep on typing for another hour (what).
Choosing what thinking is beneficial when something is “difficult, unfamiliar, complex, or just takes a lot of time to learn.” What thinking makes it easier to break the task down into manageable steps. It gives concrete terms that allow you to work through the task. Avoid big picture thinking for a difficult goal, and you’ll be better able to focus on the steps you need to complete it.