Think about this for a second...
Of Course they are! How do you think they got where they are?
Setting goals had been the base of there successful habits from the very beginning. Whether consciously or not, each individual had a vision (or goal) and they set out a path aiming for whatever achievements that would help them work towards their vision.
Most people are not placed in the best of scenarios for achieving what they feel would be success. Because of this, it is more pronounced for these people to consciously set goals.
Setting goals can be mistaken, misused, and forgotten. Without them, a key factor in personal development is missing.
First, it is important to understand the purpose of goals, and why we have defined goals as what lead to success. Learn to appreciate goals, and adapt goals in to our every day lifestyle.
Personally, I had a difficult time setting goals because I found it boring, and I found it time consuming (Really it wasn't). After doing research and discovering that you cannot avoid goals if you are to be successful, I realize that 'Goal' is just a word. It's the meaning and purpose I was missing
Example: 100 meter race, no rules, 2 people randomly ask you to race. You agree. Seeing the finish line at the end and a person on each side of you at the start line.
You subconsciously have a goal - Reach the end in 1st place
The race begins and the 2 are ahead of you.
You think "I need to run faster" So you match there pace.
Half way your breath is deepening, and you see they are running effortlessly. You push harder and get ahead of them for the last dash.
"Thinking you may have enough energy to reach your goal"
The finish line is only 50 meters away and one guy is on your left about to pass. ----No Rules... You put your arm out and shove him until he loses balance. "eek" The other guy is ahead of you and about to finish, so you perform a leap of faith and grabs his ankles banging your face to the ground.
He has fallen as well, with his hand only just meters away. You climb to your knees, and with one foot you pounce to a rolling finish.
I know, rough neck race. Possibly a bad example for those who already understand the importance of success. Every example you think about you should be able to identify the goal. The path and 'Choices' to make in order to achieve that goal.
There is no way of avoiding goals. adapt them, appreciate them, and learn from them.