First and foremost, Locke’s Theory of Goal-Setting puts intentions squarely at the center of our behavior (Locke, 1968).
Using them in pursuit of our goals, therefore—even discovering what they are—can be a good thing for our well-being.
Breaking it down a little bit, let’s use examples to see how Locke’s goal-setting theory might work when applied to life goals.
Meaning, purpose, and striving for something ‘bigger’ is a key element of happiness theory in positive psychology, and the ‘M’ in Seligman’s PERMA model (Seligman, 2004).
Along with positive emotion, relationships, engagement, and accomplishment (which goals allow for), it makes up what we’ve come to known as ‘The Good Life’.