Speaking from my personal experiences, setting goals, along with a detailed action plan, has actually changed my life from one cast in frustration to one of purpose.
"Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement."
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
The greatest hindrance to achieving a goal is your own doubt.
Byron Pulsifer, Goal Setting
"The vision must be followed by the venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else."
Lawrence J. Peter
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
"Shoot for the moon.
Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.
The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
He creates mental pictures of his goals, and then works to make those pictures become realities.
Peterson, Wilferd. The Art of Living. Simon and Schuster, 1961, p. 20.
One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.
The only goals worth setting are intrinsic and qualitative.
Jerry Jenkins Twelve Things I Want my Kids to Remember
People who watch on the sidelines of life and wait for others to make things happen for them will never achieve what they are looking for.
Charles Marcus, Success is not a Spectator Sport
Today's effort creates tomorrow's results.
Andrew Matthews, Being Happy!
Goals are useful only as they help us move from here toward somewhere else.
David Campbell, Ph.D., If You Don't Know Where You're Going, You'll Probably End Up Somewhere Else
To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you're going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People