The most important benefit of setting goals isn't achieving your goal; it's what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your goal that's the real benefit. Goal setting is powerful because it provides focus.
I'd like to offer you two models of human development. The first is what you might call the Surrender Yourself model of development. According to this model, the lowest kind of happiness is having your basic food and health needs met. Then there is achievement-the pleasure we get from earned and recognized success.
It implies acknowledging and respecting the sacredness and uniqueness of each kind of person. Self-Actualization also necessitates full access to information, full knowledge of the truth, and being able to choose without fear or social pressure.
The one thing left out of this theory is social psychology, as all the needs of a human being cannot be understood in isolation and social conditions are also necessary for personal growth.
A few years ago, when I began to focus more on my writing career, my mom, a former writer herself, gave me a book titled Passion: Every Day. It was filled with inspiring quotes like "I dare you, while there is still time, to have a magnificent obsession" and "follow your desire as long as you live."