Summer is over! No more sleeping in or taking mid-afternoon naps. No more staying up late watching TV (who watches TV anymore anyways?) or playing games. It time for the real fun to begin. Back to school season is here. While some may be excited about returning to the classroom. Others may still be haunted by last school year experience. Everyone has a chance at success regardless of your track record, the problem many students make when going back to school is setting goals. The definition of success is relative to the individual, however, the formula is still the same.
I know every year I would go back to school with a new attitude, fresh enthusiasm and a mind full of wishes, which I thought were goals. The common mistake many students make. The real tough part is setting and taking action on our goals. This where many fail. However, this year does not have to be a repeat. Getting back to school and on the track to success requires a clear definition of your goals and what it is you hope to achieve this new school season. If you want to make this a back to success school year. Follow this simple formula below
Define Your Goal
The difference between wanting to pass math class and wanting to achieve an A. When you are specific and clearly state what it is you are trying to achieve it becomes easier in designing and creating a plan. Before you can start moving you need to clearly know the direction you want to head in.
Give it a Deadline
Once you have defined your goals, determine when you want to achieve it. Setting a deadline will distinguish your goal from a wish. It will help guide you in planning and action plan to achieve your goal and keep you focused.
Commit to IT
One you define your goal and you know what you have to do to achieve it, WRITE IT DOWN!!! Once you have that goal on paper or even on your phone. Just make sure you make that goal a written commitment that is visible to you.
Make a Plan
Your Plan will serve as your roadmap on this journey. Once you have a deadline work backward and break your goal into smaller goals. Identify what it is you have to do to reach your goal, when will you have to accomplish the smaller goals and when. Each small step of the plan will work together to create a big picture.
All work and no play are no fun! Create a harmony, not balance. Make sure you spend some time to have fun and celebrate your accomplishments along the way.
Success is not to be achieved overnight. It is a practice and a process. Understanding the formula is the first step towards change. This is a new journey, focus on progress, not perfection. Even I have my down days, the important thing is no matter what happens to be always taking a step forward. One day you will look back and realize how far you have come.