I think about anything you want to accomplish in a meaningful way requires you to be accountable to someone. I think there may be a small group of awesome individuals that map out a goal a grind it out until it happens. Those are referred to as Eagles. They just naturally fly above the rest of us.
But the second aspect of having goals are holding people accountable to them. Managers manage to the numbers. You have a quota that you need to attain. Managing that person is not a once a year conversation. It is monthly conversation about sales, but it also gets into being accountable for your activity. Left on our own journeymen sales types scrape by barely because they do not have process that has accountability baked in.
Think about things in your personal life. What if you are starting to make plans with your wife. Thinking about what you want to do together five years from now or even sooner. That is when husband and wife hold one another accountability on buying behavior so that you are on the same page regarding meeting the goals that you have set forth. those goals need to be written down and dates assigned to them. Without accountability the plans just seem to dissipate over time.
Look at any church that is trying to grow organically by building up the members. Building up the members is holding them to a Godly standard and then holding one another accountable. That accountability partner can help rescue you from areas of personal weakness or areas where you are just susceptible to deceptive wiles of the evil one.
So left alone most of us will wander to darkness. If you are the light in the darkness, then you desperately need a mentor that can pray for you. Alone to our own devices, we take the easy route and not the righteous route, Think it, say it, pray it, have someone hold you accountable for it and then do it. Whatever that “it” is.