As much as this is a cliché, it is very important to set goals. Goals give you a set plan for the next couple of years or the future. Life goals will somehow guide you in the direction that you want to go.
Now, the key to setting goals is ensuring that they are realistic. Setting unrealistic and
unachievable goals will only put undue pressure on yourself and cause you to be more stressed than you have ever been. A good 5 to 10-year plan is recommended, but the key is to check on your progress and make the necessary changes along the way if needed.
Writing down life goals is also necessary for a lot of people. If you are one of these people, feel free to do the same. Everyone is different and we do what we feel will work for us the most.
When setting life goals, you need to understand that you can't have it all. That no matter how smart and intelligent of a person you are, there's always someone out there who is better than you. This is the reality of life.
You also need to realize that you should never aim to be perfect. I don't know about you, but I have always believed that the unhappiest people in the world are the perfectionists. I find that they struggle to remain perfect every day, which is an almost unachievable feat.