The Application of Goal Setting to Sports

  title={The Application of Goal Setting to Sports},
  author={Edwin A. Locke and Gary P. Latham},
  journal={The Journal of Sport Psychology},
Studies of goal setting both in organizations and the laboratory have found that (a) specific, difficult goals lead to better performance than vague or easy goals; (b) short-term goals can facilitate the achievement of long-term goals; (c) goals affect performance by affecting effort, persistence, and direction of attention, and by motivating strategy development; (d) feedback regarding progress is necessary for goal setting to work; and (e) goals must be accepted if they are to affect… Expand
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