The oldest management maxim of all says that if you do not know where you are going, any road will do. Setting clear and appropriate objectives is a key part of planning almost anything; something that literally creates a foundation for success.
A much-quoted acronym can provide a good guide here: SMART. This stands for:
As an example you might regard objectives linked to your reading of this book as:
• Specific To enable you to spot danger areas where potential discomfort may delay action, and deal with such situations positively
• Measurable To ensure (measurable) action takes place afterwards (here you might link to any appropriate measure: from agreements to follow-up ...