It's generally accepted that goal-setting helps you achieve more. But according to this article, goal-setting is only part of the picture. The real key is having a clear intention.
A clear intention puts Universal Creativity into motion. Your intentions speak to the quality of life you desire when you reach your goal. Think of it as the "goal of the goal," or the core benefits received from accomplishing the goal. "Intention" is defined as focused thought, feeling, and action in a specified direction. Intention is the "creative energy" that bridges the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Intentions transcend the achievement of a specific goal. They don't have ending points.
I like that idea of keeping "the goal of the goal" at the heart of your efforts It provides continuity, focus, and keeps you from getting so wrapped up in the goal that you forget what the journey's all about in the first place.