I am a big fan of goals.
They give you something to aim for.
They provide focus.
They are the foundation of any great time management system.
They are necessary for any company that wants success, and highly recommended for anyone who wants to achieve success in almost anything, personal or career oriented.
Having said that, a goal without a plan is just a dream. In addition the plan needs to be actionable, have timelines and be realistic,
Martin Luther King Jr famously said, "I have a dream!" The thing is that along with his dream he also had a plan, and he worked hard towards making his dream a reality!
Some new company business plans will have a growth goal that looks like a hockey stick (very slow growth now followed by exponential growth in the future) . Invariably the "business plan" will cite statistics for the size of the world-wide market supported with a claim that it just takes .3% of the worldwide market to achieve their targets. THAT is not a plan ... THAT is a dream (or a wish).
Another common dream is to double in growth by just growing by 10% per year for the next 7 years. That only becomes a goal if there is a realistic plan that shows how that 10% annual growth will be achieved.
So ... if you have a goal (or dream) then you have a good starting point.
The very next step is to lay out a plan that will get you to that goal.
It needs to be measurable.
It needs to be actionable.
It needs to be doable ... even if it is a stretch.
It needs be tracked.
It needs to be reviewed periodically.
It needs to be flexible so that as situations change, then the plan can change.
I would suggest getting help developing the plan, and also help holding you accountable to the plan.
I would suggest having milestone goals along the way, that will demonstrate your progress.
I would suggest celebrating wins as you go, to stay motivated.
You might also want to stretch your goal as you get closer ... because success breed more success!
"A goal without a plan is just a wish." Antoine de Saint-Exupery