Many know the basics of reaching short-term goals. Goals need to be specific, measurable and achieveable in a certain amount of time. What about goals that take decades or even lifetimes to reach? The research is sparse, but a new study by management professors Bruce Barry and Thomas Bateman explores how people stay motivated as they work to pursue long-term goals. Anyone working toward an uncertain future goal or struggling with motivation would benefit from this compelling article.
In this summary, you will learn
- How people’s motivation differs for short-term and longer-term goals;
- How scientists in a range of fields manage to keep their eye on the prize for years, even decades; and
- What components you need when pursuing your own long-term goals.
About the Authors
Bruce Barry, PhD, is a management and sociology professor at Vanderbilt University. Thomas Bateman, DBA, is a management professor at the University of Virginia.