If the answer is “no,” then some goal-setting will help. If the answer is “yes”, some goal setting will still help.
Why Set Goals? We all know this stuff: Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life. How do we this? Find out where we are deficient and focus on that? No, it may seem counter-intuitive but a better strategy is to find out what we are already doing well at and do that even better.
Take Luke Donald for example. He wanted to be number one in the world. He and his coach measured the strongest parts of his game, which turned out to be putting and distance from the hole on greens hit. They made a plan to improve those areas by a given percentage. He became the number one player on both the PGA and European Tours by 2011. This story always stood out to me, and I found it surprising. Most of us have been trained to focus on our weaknesses and to spend time trying to improve those. In doing that, we may be setting ourselves up for failure and frustration. Working with, and building on your strengths, may be a much better strategy.