One of life’s toughest challenges is identifying what you want and then staying on track to get it. One solution to this challenge is setting goals. Reaching clarity about your goals will help keep your life on track. Setting good goals is not so easy. First, you must BELIEVE
in yourself—BELIEVE that you can achieve your goals. If you find that you need to improve something about yourself in order to achieve your goals, then it will be important to identify what you need to improve to attain your goal. This activity will help you write personal, academic, and career goals.
Before you start, here are some pointers on writing good goals. The SMART acronym is your reminder of a well-written goal. A SMART goal is:
S Specific - is the goal well defined?
M Measurable - can you measure if you have achieved it?
A Achievable - is it reasonable to accomplish this goal?
R Relevant - is the goal linked to the rest of your life?
T Time-based - does your goal specify the time needed?
If you know what you want and think about how to get it, you are more likely to be successful. On the other hand, if you think and talk about what you don't want most of the time, you are more likely to be unsuccessful. So, know what you want, BE POSITIVE, and be clear about it. Stay flexible, stick with it, be patient, and you will reach SUCCESS.
Goal (be sure to include the target date for meeting your goal, and the date you plan to start working on your goal):
Now evaluate if your goal is a good goal:
· Is it Specific? (Is it well defined?)
· Is it Measurable? (How will you know when you have reached your goal?)
· Is it Achievable? (Do you have the resources you need? If not, how will you get them?)
· Is it Relevant? (Why is it important and how does it relate to the rest of your life?)
· Is it Time-based? (Did you set target dates?)
· Remember: DON’T GIVE UP. KEEP TRYING.