Why Is Goal Planning So Important To Achieve Success In Study?
No great accomplishment has ever been achieved without planning...
When Sir Edmund Hillary conquered Mount Everest, he wasn't out for a stroll and all of a sudden found himself at the summit.
To make a change to your life you have to plan to make the change or it won't happen.
Before you embark on your studies, you'll find it valuable to set yourself a series of goals or targets to help you complete the course. Spending a little time planning these goals will pay dividends down the road. To have a chance of reaching your goals, they should always be S.M.A.R.T...
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Targeted
Use the following five D's to help you get emotionally involved with the result of your efforts. Write your five D's down in a contract to yourself.
DEFINE (what you want out of it) e.g. the exact car, house, number and type of holidays, income level for partner to give up work etc. Be specific or you won't know when you've achieved it. Re-enforce it with photographs and put them up around where you plan to work.
DESIRE (why you're doing it) e.g. personal challenge, get out from where you are, you owe it to yourself to have a better job, to prove to someone you've got what it takes, to take control of your destiny. This needs to be something that stirs an emotion within you.
DEDICATION (the commitment) How much time will you spend studying each week and when? Put it on a calendar, in a diary, or on the fridge! You've made an appointment with yourself to fulfil your future, so keep it; it's really important to put specific time aside to study. Let the people in your life know when that is, so they won't expect you to do other things at that time (just as they don't when you go to your job). Psychologically you'll find it much easier on yourself if you do this. It means when you're relaxing you won't be feeling guilty that you're not studying, and when you're studying you won't be feeling you're missing out on some other activity.
DETERMINATION - The will to stick to the plan until completion and see it through. This is your contract to ensure that you won't let yourself down.
DISCIPLINE (to overcome the hard times) - The resolve to work around challenges and not allow them to stop you achieving your goals.
Once you've done this, sign it and do not put it in a drawer. This is a working document and should be read every day for at least one month so you buy into it and it becomes your new way of life. If and when things get tough, read it again for another month. Always have it close to hand while you study and show it to your partner, kids (if you have them), friends and parents. This will help you to see your goal through.
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