But these keys alone won’t unlock long-term goals. The authors also note that all of the subjects they interviewed mentioned the key role that self-regulation plays in attempting to do something long-term.
“Effective self-regulation is associated with physical and psychological well-being, as well as better job performance,” Barry and Bateman write.
Such forms of self-regulation include maintaining focus on goal-directed actions, controlling emotions, coping with failure and using failure as a basis for improvement rather than a setback, they note.
“Long-term goals arguably are at least as important as short-term goals in their ultimate consequences for individuals, organizations, and societies,” Barry and Bateman write. “Now is the time to expand our field’s search for theories and strategies that can help people and organizations pursue and achieve important long-term goals.”