Why it is important
Having goals contribute to health and well-being. Achievement of goals is predictive of health and life satisfaction. Pre-committing yourself to difficult goals in organizations can lead to increased performance. Impediments to goals pursuit is associated with a reduction in well-being.
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Category: Intellectual healthResearch
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