Top-level athletes, successful businesspeople and achievers in all fields all set goals.
Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation.
Set SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals that motivate you and write them down to make them feel tangible.
Then plan the steps you must take to realize your goal, and cross off each one as you work through them.
Periodically review the longer term plans, and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experience.
(A good way of doing this is to schedule regular, repeating reviews using a computer-based diary.) A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART For example, instead of having "to sail around the world" as a goal, it's more powerful to use the SMART goal "To have completed my trip around the world by December 31, 2027." Obviously, this will only be attainable if a lot of preparation has been completed beforehand!
Adjust them regularly to reflect growth in your knowledge and experience, and if goals do not hold any attraction any longer, consider letting them go.
For her New Year's Resolution, Susan has decided to think about what she really wants to do with her life.
The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve in your lifetime (or at least, by a significant and distant age in the future).
Setting lifetime goals gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making.