Goal setting involves the development of an action plan designed in order to motivate and guide a person or group toward a goal.
Goals are more deliberate than desires and momentary intentions.
The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You'll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.
A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART framework: Specific, Measurable, Action Based, Relevant, Time Bound.
It may seem like an unnecessary additional effort, but there is value in putting pen to paper. Write down your goals and think carefully about the steps involved to get there. The very act of writing something down improves recall
When you've achieved a goal, take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so. Absorb the implications of the goal achievement and observe the progress that you've made towards other goals.