Setting goals is without doubt the fastest and perhaps only way to achieve any level of success. Every successful person has set goals for themselves and also set goals for others who work with them.
Without goals you are like a ship without a rudder aimlessly sailing the seas and allowing winds of fate to blow you were they will.
As a student of personal development your very first action should also be to set a life goal for yourself. This life goal then acts as a spring board that can launch you in directions you would not normally go.
Don't be surprised if this life goal changes many times before you ever get the chance to accomplish it. This is normal. As we grow in mind, body and spirit our goals naturally change. What was important to us when we were 20 is no longer as important (if it is important at all) when we reach the age of 40.
Allowing ourselves to grow into goals is often the best way to set them. However, this is not the same as allowing our life experiences to dictate what goals we should set. A goal, no matter how large or how small, should always represent the accomplishment of something that we want and desire.
Goals should never be given to us. It is extremely rare that a person finds happiness from following someone else's dream!
We can often get caught in a trap where we try to please our parents, become successful to show off to our peers or just pursue some life path because we think that is what we are supposed to do.
The only true happiness from goal achievement comes when the goal you accomplish has some personal value to you. Although you can achieve just about any goal you set for yourself and through proven methods become successful at any venture or reach any objective you have it will not make you happy unless you set you achieved that accomplishment for yourself!
So, my advice to you is simple: set goals that have meaning for you and you will find a way to achieve them.