Setting Goals

Setting Goals

“My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be.” - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

 This week our students learned about goals and lifelong learning. We went over how to define success in our life by determining what is the most important parts of our lives. There is family, employment, money, friends, entertainment, and education. The answer is personal and there is no right or wrong way to determine your success. Some students agree that family is the most important and their biggest success, while others find their careers and employment to be their biggest success. Of course, at any point in your life, your factoring of success can change.

There are diverse ways to express your future and goals. We have less definite ways that use the words “I want to, I hope to, I wish to” plus the end plan or goal. For example, “I want to travel abroad.” This is only expressing my desire to take the action, but there is nothing definite that it will happen. When we have more definite plans and goals, we use “I plan to, I am going to, I will.” For example, “I plan to travel to America in 2022.” Here we have more specific language and a plan to take the action.

We put our plans and goals into three categories: personal, educational, and vocational(career). Sometimes, goals blend, such as starting with your educational goals that will help with your career goals. Then career goals help with personal goals. For example, first, you start college or university to become a teacher, and you get your degree and license to be a teacher (educational goal). Then, you start working as a teacher (career goal). You work, make, and save your money and buy a home (personal goal). However, goals do not necessarily have to be done or achieved in any specific order.

In fact, it may help to make a timeline of your goals. Not all goals can be done within days, weeks, or months, and may sometimes take years. If you write them down and keep a timeline, it will help you focus and remember the goals you want to achieve in your lifetime. Timelines can take the pressure off having to achieve or reach your goals sooner than it may take. Remember, all plans and goals are personal and should improve your life and happiness. Try not to compare your achievements to others and know there is no expiration on your plans and goals.

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Published on December 13, 2021

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