Rhonda Cotham, Director of Student Success
"If you don't know what you want, you will probably never get it."
- - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Look into Your Crystal BallStart by thinking about your long-term goals - where do you want to be/what do you want to be doing 5 to 10 years from now? Think through your lifetime goals. Visualize yourself after achieving your goals - what does your life look like? Who is in it? Where do you live? What are you doing? Work backwards from the future, and think about what you can do today to make that picture a reality
Right Here, Right NowWhat do you need to do in the here and now to have that life and that career? Define your short-term goals:
- Set a goal for this semester.
- Identify potential stumbling blocks. What strategies will you use to prevent or overcome those obstacles?
- What are the rewards for successfully reaching your semester goal (internal or external)?
Talk Isn't CheapState each goal as a positive statement - "I will finish all my courses with a 'B' average" versus "I won't be stupid
and fail or drop a class."
Be precise - put in dates, times, amounts or other measures of success. "I will study more this week" is too broad, but "I will study for Biology two hours a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week by doing _________." is exact.
Set priorities - if you have several goals, give each a priority based on when they need to be accomplished
Managing your Life, Managing your TimeYou are entering a new chapter of your life, so it's going to take some rewriting/editing. It's easy to let trivial tasks distract you from important ones. Demands of others who want things to stay the same can also be distracting.
Make a list in two columns:
- What are your major goals (in education and in life)?
- What's on your to-do list?
How to Set Goals
- Define the goal.*
- Outline the steps needed to achieve it.
- Consider possible blocks and ways of dealing with them.
- Set deadlines.
In order for something to be a goal, it:
- Must be important to you, personally.
- Must be within your power to make it happen through your own actions.
- Must be something you have a reasonable chance of achieving.
- Must be clearly defined and have a specific plan of action.
Where Can I Use the Goal Setting Techniques?Goals can provide balance, a sense of direction and help you to develop focus and a sense of purpose. Goal setting can be used in all parts of your life. Goals can focus on: education, spirituality, finances, health, social life, hobbies, athletics, careers, relationships, family, public service or personal attitude.
What Do We Know About Goal Setting?Goal setting provides motivation, helps us to recognize our abilities, is more than daily checklists, gives us a sense of the big picture, helps us to set priorities, helps us organize our time, gives us a sense of pride, gives us a sense of ownership, builds our self-image, needs action steps, needs a timetable, teaches us what is important, provides inspiration, helps us develop a plan ,helps us focus, helps us turn our dreams into reality, and helps us become enthusiastic.