@KyleAnthony I think your intentions with this thread were good, and it's just taken a bit of a turn.
Trust me when I say that everyone here (for the most part) really wants to see you succeed and reach your goals. You just have to make sure you understand what your goals are, and make sure you set yourself up for success in reaching them. Maybe the question you need to ask is "I'm willing to put in the work. Here's where I am in my game now, what is a realistic expectation for the next 12 months?". Guys like @iacas and @mvmac work with a lot of guys just like you that really want to set goals and achieve them. Let those guys help you set goals that make sense.
Once you understand what your goals are, you can start working towards them. Several members have offered some great advice throughout this thread. Just do yourself a favor and accept the advice. When I was younger, my dad took me to see a local pro a few times over the course of two or three years, and I was really resistant to change. I thought I had it figured out and I didn't need their help. It wasn't until I realize that she really wanted to help me and knew a hell of a lot more about the game than I did that I started to see real results. This website is full of people that really want to help you and know a hell of a lot about this game. Just make sure you are willing to take the advice.
I'm rooting for you to achieve whatever goals you set for yourself. You seem to have a desire to accomplish them and have the work ethic required. That's probably the best quality a golfer can have. I wish you all the best.
This is so true, and I can attest to that from a personal level.
I do not have any real goals other than the fact that I like the feeling of hitting the ball pure, and it would be nice to make the pure shots the norm rather than the occasional exception. If I were to set some handicap goal getting to a solid 10 to 15 handicap is more or less my goal, and I am getting closer to it. There are ups and downs and now that I am getting the ball closer to the greens in less shots, but I am finding that there are plenty of other stupid things I can do to keep myself from scoring lower. Of course, I am sure as I progress I will find that there are more things to improve, and they get more subtle and difficult to find and fix.
The main thing is that I did not put any time restrictions on it, it's supposed to be fun. I am reading this thread with great interest for potentially future goal setting purposes.
I wish Kyle the best of luck attaining better golfing skills and possibly getting to scratch in the near future.