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move the goal

To alter the rules or parameters of a situation in such a way as to suit one's needs or objectives, making it more difficult for someone else to succeed, keep pace, or achieve an opposing objective. (A US variant of the more common British phrase "move the goalposts.") Primarily heard in US. I hate arguing with that type of person. As soon as you start wearing down their logic, they just move the goal on the whole thing! We're never going to get the book design finished in time if the publisher keeps moving the goal every couple of months like this!
See also: goal, move

move the goal line

To alter the rules or parameters of a situation in such a way as to suit one's needs or objectives, making it more difficult for someone else to succeed, keep pace, or achieve an opposing objective. (A variant of the more common "move the goalposts.") Primarily heard in UK. I hate arguing with that type of person. As soon as you start wearing down their logic, they just move the goal line on the whole thing! We're never going to get the book design finished in time if the publisher keeps moving the goal line every couple of months like this!
See also: goal, line, move

fall short of one's goal(s)

 and fall short of the goal(s); fall short of the record
to fail to achieve a goal. We fell short of our goal of collecting a thousand dollars. Ann ran a fast race, but fell short of the record.
See also: fall, goal, of, short

move the goalposts

  (British, American & Australian) also move the goal (American)
to change the rules in a situation in a way that is not fair, usually in order to make it more difficult for someone to achieve something My boss is never satisfied. Whenever I think I've done what he wants, he moves the goalposts.
See also: move

an own goal

  (British)
something that someone does to try to get an advantage, but which makes a situation worse for them
Usage notes: In sport, an own goal is when someone scores a point for the opposite team by mistake.
The publishing industry believes that new regulations on recycling paper will be an environmental own goal. The government has scored an own goal with its harsh treatment of single parents.
See also: goal
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And after the Lane action, there is another game which usually comes with a guarantee of goals - Barcelona v Real Madrid.
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The students in this fourth grade class set their own learning goals, completed self-evaluation forms for each subject area, selected material for their portfolios, and participated in student-led conferences.
Review: Far from the defending goal, we want the players to "hunt for the ball" and to try to restrict play to one quadrant of the field.
Unfortunately, many physicians never ask about the patient's desired goals and results or determine whether what they can achieve is desirable.
The pressures on short-term performance heavily influence the way they set goals, both in terms of the metrics and time frames they coven This creates a culture that is all about meeting quarterly expectations--often at the expense of longer-term value creation.
Furthermore, the process of assisting adventure groups in developing obtainable individual and group goals has become a noted cornerstone of effective adventure facilitation (Gass and Priest 1997).
Phrase your goals using positive language so you'll feel good about what you're trying to accomplish.
If your organization defines leadership as taking initiative, being accountable for outcomes and aligning individual goals to the organization, then this becomes the basis for your expectations of your employees' leadership contributions.
As such, it is important to understand hope as an iterative cognitive process composed of agency and pathways thoughts in the service of important goals.
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Wilson presented the following set of goals and objectives to the Institute's Board of Directors.
In keeping with the NIEHS philosophy that it is better to prevent disease than to treat it and that controlling environmental exposures is one of the best disease-prevention strategies, the NIEHS Strategic Plan 2000, released in March 2000, sets forth a framework of goals in nine areas that represent the institute's plan for furthering the field of the environmental health sciences over the next five years.
One of the main goals I set for myself during my year as AFS President was, together with the board and staff, to develop a vision for the future of the Society and to produce a working, practical and executable strategic plan to accomplish this vision.