Commit to the Value
An excellent post on goal setting: Set the goal, commit to the value.
"What she talks about here--goals taking on a life of their own--is a very real trap. The same is true with many planning systems; we need to understand who we are and what we're about, and realize that values come first. If our goals are revealed to be out of sync with those values--or our understanding of those values changes so they are--we change the goal. Putting the goal down and committing to it makes it more likely to be achieved; however, we must understand we are committing to what the goal represents to us. The goal is a means to realize our potential and productively apply our values; it is not an end in itself."He was also bouncing off a great related post about getting what you want on another interesting blog: overexcitable.