(The title of today's post should be sung to the tune of a Mötley Crüe song.)
I don't find goals all that motivating. Why would someone be motivated by a goal? If someone else set it, then it's usually meaningless. If you set it, why would you feel motivated to hit some arbitrary estimate of performance that you set a while back? I just find it kind of weird. What I find motivating is visible progress, even if it's artificially visible, like a checklist of things that are done. "Do X before Y?" No thanks. That's not motivation; it's stress.