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Goal-setting Theory and Attainment Strategies

This six- to eight-page final paper (not including the title page and reference page) will examine goal setting and attainment either as a strategy alone or as part of a larger contextual effort. For example, the topic could simply be goal-setting theory and attainment strategies and the paper will examine the basic concepts. Or, the paper could combine knowledge about goal setting and attainment and how these strategies are used in applied settings, such as attaining a military objective, completing a major project, attaining a college degree, achieving retirement dreams, attaining sales targets, or coaching a youth soccer or baseball team.

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Goal-Setting and Attainment

Goal-setting is said to separate success from failure. An analogy that is frequently used when explaining the importance of goal setting is the difference between getting into a car and simply driving, without a plan, and getting into a car with a destination and map in mind. In the first example, one will simply drive around. In the second example, one will be able to reach a destination. Setting goals is not easy, however, because one must determine the direction that one wants to head in life. One must also set goals in a manner that will make the object attainable. Furthermore, it is important to review the process to determine if the path is working and progress is being made. In my personal situation, I have identified an interest in becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. This paper will explore the process of goal setting and attainment in achieving this goal.
As we each grow and mature, we spend time considering different occupations we might like to do or feel we might prosper undertaking. In young boys, there are sometimes the stereotypical career choices of a fireman, police officer, soldier or doctor. We have been groomed to see many of these professions in a positive light. In my case, I never grew out of an interest in becoming a soldier. However, I dream of not becoming just any soldier, but becoming part of the top echelon in the military. Goal setting has been defined as "a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality" (Mind Tools, 2013). Becoming a U.S. Army Ranger is my ideal future even though it is a difficult goal to obtain. I am interested in being among the top soldiers, a member of the elite forces, who are willing to conduct airborne missions, "destroy strategic facilities and capture or kill enemies of (our) nation" (, 2013).
In order to make my goal a reality, I realized that I must investigate the process of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger and understand the skills, knowledge and training that the position entails. I also must understand the position beyond the outer gloss of the position, to ensure that I am willing and able to perform the tasks that are expected of a U.S. Army Ranger. I began my quest of information by reviewing information available on the Internet, reading books, and talking with current Army members. I learned that the 75th Ranger Regiment "is a lethal, agile and flexible force, capable of conducting many complex, joint special operations missions" (, 2013). The U.S. Army Rangers are a special operation command unit, the Army's equivalent to Navy Seals, a direct-action raid force. This is an exclusive organization, with an intense selection and training process. It is the dream of many, but the destiny of very few. To make this dream a reality, I must break down the process into attainable pieces systematically.
Through research, I determined that soldiers interested in earning the Ranger tab are many, but the success rate is low. A soldier must be able to succeed in Ranger Training School and ...

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