Friday, July 9, 2010

Many subgoals equal a final goal

If a person can achieve subgoals than they are more likely to put the effort into reaching a final goal. Subgoals can increase motivation towards a final goal. Subgoals also provide a greater likelihood that the distant goal will be achieved than a person without subgoals. A few advantages to subgoals are that they are an immediate source of motivation towards to end goal, they serve as feed back so the person can know how they are progressing towards their final goal, and they serve as a way to figure out if the person is using methods that are bringing them closer to achieving their goal. Subgoals can also have different value levels. A subgoal that is going to bring a person a lot closer to achieving their end goal is going to be ranked higher than a subgoal that will only bring a person a little closer to achieving their end goal. An interesting example of this is that students will work harder in classes that are focused in their field of study than classes that are only elective classes. I feel as if I work harder in classes that are in my field of study. Also, I usually tend to be more interested in classes focused in my field of study because I know that the knowledge I gain in these classes can be used in a job setting.
By Lauren Raddi


  1. This is imoptant because I think people have a tendency to set large, undefined goals without also setting the necessary subgoals. Clearly defined subgoals serve as the stepping stones towards the overall goal. They also let us know how we are doing in achieveing our goal and if necessary changes need to be made.