Your ability to set goals and make plans for their accomplishment is the “master skill” of success. The development of this ability and your making it a lifelong habit will do more to assure high success and achievement in your life than any other skill you can possibly learn.
As with anything, you only own the process of goal setting by learning it and then by applying it over and over for yourself until it becomes automatic, like breathing in and breathing out. Your goal must be to become a continuous goal setter. You must become so clear and focused about what it is you want that every single hour of every day you find yourself doing things that are moving you in the direction of your own choosing.
Here is a remarkable fact. Your intelligence is malleable over about 25 IQ points. That means that you can become smarter and smarter by working on your mental muscles just as you can become stronger and stronger by working on your physical muscles. And with clear, specific goals, that you are working toward every single day, you find yourself acting more and more intelligently in everything you do.
The good news is that you have an automatic, cybernetic, goal-achieving mechanism built into your brain. Human beings are the only creatures on earth that have this particular capacity. You automatically achieve the goals that you have set for yourself, whatever they are. This “success mechanism” works night and day, consciously and unconsciously and both drives you and motivates you toward achieving the things that you have decided that you want. It is almost like a light switch. Once you turn it on, it stays on until you do something to turn it off.