Personal Development Part 2: Setting Goals That Stick

February 16, 2017
Cynthia Kaui

Learn more about setting goals that stick.

The key to success is not only setting goals, but sticking to them.

When it comes to making progress, both in and out of school, setting goals is only half the equation. You must also know how to set the right goals, which will determine whether or not you are able to stick to them. After all, success in high school, college, and beyond is achieved by focusing on the process, rather than the end result. With the correct how you can achieve almost any what.

So how do you go about setting goals that stick? You need to make sure they are realistic, relevant, and sustainable. Otherwise you will end up discouraged, stagnant, or burnt out. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Setting goals the S.M.A.R.T. way

While there is no real formula for success when it comes to setting goals, there are certain attributes you can assess each goal by. Start by asking yourself what you want to achieve in your lifetime, then break those dreams down into realistic and achievable action items.

One way is to follow the S.M.A.R.T. goal checklist:  

  • S – Specific (or Significant)
  • M – Measurable (or Meaningful)
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented)
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding)
  • T – Time-bound (or Trackable)

Stick to your goals by staying motivated

In addition to choosing the right goals, you must also find ways to stay motivated in school. Without a love and passion for what you’re trying to accomplish, it will be harder to sustain the sometimes hard and mundane work required to get there. Here are a few ways to keep your enthusiasm high and achieve the desired result:

  • Visualize your life after having achieved your goals. Keep pictures and motivational quotes around your room to keep yourself energized, hopeful, and inspired.
  • Turn to others for inspiration. Reach out to those who have achieved your dream for guidance and mentorship. Their success will remind you that your dreams are possible.
  • Maintain a healthy perspective. Remind yourself that happiness in life comes from the journey, not the end result. This will take the pressure off and help you find life balance.

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Cynthia Kaui Cynthia Kanoelani Kaui is obsessed with penguins, Blair Waldorf, 'Parks and Rec,' anime, and the performing arts.

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