"I failed my way to success." Thomas Edison.
Goal setting is not a linear process, it's riddled with failure, and the failure is necessary if you want to achieve success. It offers real time feedback on how well you are doing in the pursuit of your goals. You hear over and over again how passion combined with work ethic achieves success but what I am beginning to realise is that the people that achieve success have one more thing - the ability to fail.
Failure is part of the process and not the outcome. Figuring out what you want and developing an action plan are step one, the real work begins from step two to however long it takes for you to figure out how to get where you want to end up. And, you should keep in mind that it is going to take longer, and cost more than what you think.
So, the next time you fail on your way to success don't get discouraged, think of yourself as one step closer to figuring out how you're going to get where you want to go.