When I applied to grad school I remember several applications asking questions like "recount a time you set a goal and struggled to achieve it" or some other flavor of goal-setting story. I found these hard to answer because I hadn't really set many goals in my life, which may indicate why my accomplishments to date had been modest. I suppose I just did things because they felt like they'd be fun or cool. I thought most kids grew up the same way and wanted to believe that the goal oriented ones were from another planet. Nevertheless, I envied those who set goals and I resolved to become more so - but never really did even years after graduation.
Then when I started sales training my coach, Rick, said one of prerequisites was to have clear, meaningful personal goals written down. I did so and the exercise was incredibly helpful as my goals often serve as a compass, and a source of encouragement, whenever I encounter adversity. Indeed, like most people in sales I have a number in mind for a bank balance which will give me the security to chase some highly questionable, financially non-viable, ideas of my own and I remind myself of this number probably every day.