Goal setting is depending on individual involved and must be challenging, realistic and attainable. Achieving goals is predicated upon motivation. To set a slight difficulty of goal will drive you to be severe with yourself and make you strive for success, whereas extreme difficulty may wipe your wills out.
A Goal has to be specific and measurable. It gives you direction; tells you what needs to be accomplished. Goal increases effort, persistence and the quality of performance so that you would know what to work toward, when you have finished and achieved your preset goal. If there is no clear way to tell, you would not know when to stop.
Any usable and performable goal must have a clear timeframe of when it should start and when it should end. Without a timeframe associated with a goal, it is practically impossible to say if the goal is reached or not. A deadline creates a sense of importance, which leads to greater dedication and persistence towards your goal.
Positive goal directs what to do rather than what not to do, whereas negative goal directs your attention to the errors you wish to avoid or eliminate, and it brings you the vague hopes. Positive goal requires you to decide how you will reach those specific goals. Once the goal is firm, you must determine specific strategies and techniques which allow that goal to be successfully attained.