Setting Goals that are Challenging but Realistic:

Lifetime goals, Educational Goals, and Personal Goals

People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.  — Earl Nightingale

Would you be surprised to learn that most college students have goals (generally not written) that are pretty much alike? Michaela’s list of goals was one of these.                             A thoughtful-looking woman with blck curly hair

The generic list of goals usually includes:

1. Making good grades – at least pretty good grades

2. Having a really good time… having fun?

3. Staying  out of trouble.

4. Graduating.

5. Getting a good job…. and maybe getting rich.

Michaela is thinking about becoming a nurse. She’d also like to get married and have a family. The idea of doing something that makes a difference in the world also appeals to her. She’s working on her goals.

On this website we will consider two kinds of goals: Educational goals and Personal Goals.

You could add Career Goals, Family Goals, Health Goals, Weight loss Goals,  and others like Running or Winning a Marathon, Climbing Mt. Everest or some other mountain,Winning a Chess Tournament, Becoming a millionaire or billionaire, Finding a cure for cancer or for drug addiction.

You can also group goals by time: I usually divide them into  long-term and short-term goals.

You might want to think of Lifetime goals, 50 year goals (until retirement), 20 year goals, etc. on down to 4 year goals, one year goals, semester goals, monthly goals, weekly goals, daily goals or goals for the next hour.  Use time periods appropriate for the goal.

One special kind of goal I include here is the Study Plan. It helps to develop a study plan for each course.

Goal-setting includes

1. Deciding not just what you want, but what you want enough to work very hard for over a long period of time.
2. Writing you goals clearly so they are Specific (a B, rather than good grades), Challenging, and Realistic.
3. Displaying your goals where you will see them daily: Perhaps on the wall, inside cover of your notebook, or in your wallet.
4. Developing strategies to help you reach your goals
5. Asking yourself every day, “What can I do today that will help me reach my goals.
6. Even with  long term-goals like career goals, you can discover what skills you need and begin working now.

I feel that the most important step in any major accomplishment is setting a specific goal. This enables you to keep your mind focused on your goal and off the many obstacles that will arise when you are striving to do your best.  —  Kurt Thomas

Long-term Goals               Short-term Goals                 Educational Goals

Personal Goals                Study Plans                             Prepare for Future

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