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Achieving your goals.


David Edens

on 30 March 2010

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Transcript of Achieving your goals.

Pathways to success
(Green Screen with Narrator)

Now that we have talked about goals and goal setting, We are going to talk about how to be successful by achieving your goals.

Remember, goals help you keep focused on what you want to do or be. The achievement of your goal is your reward. Think of climbing a ladder or a mountain. Each step is a bit of progress towards your

Planning for your goals keeps you motivated. Planning is the way to achieve your goals, not just hope that your goals will come true.

Really, a goal, with a well laid out plan, keeps you on track to success.

Have you thought about your goals for this year? How about your whole college experience? I know that when I was in your seat, I didn’t really think too much about goals. I knew I wanted to do well in schools and make friends. But, I didn’t really plan for how that would happen. Now that I am leaving school soon, I am using what I have learned about goal-setting and planning to finish my senior year and start working in my field.
A path?
How will you reach your goals?
What will you need to succeed?
Let's review a few things about goals:
You have to own it!

If you have a goal because it is someone else's, you probably won't succeed.

For example: Why are you here? Because your parents want you to be?

What majors are you thinking about? Did somebody tell you that you should be a doctor, lawyer, professor, etc?
Once you have your goal (I did say your goal) then do you have a plan or a path to succeeding?
Before we get into that, let's think about success
Success usually leads to more success.
Once you know you can do it, it is easier to figure how to succeed again
What about rewards?
" Man on the street" Videos
Several Students talking about success that they have had at school.
(I would like a screen with just faces on them that the student can click)
You have worked hard to achieve your goals.
Rewards can come from within you, or outside of you

You can be proud for a job well done,

Or, you can buy yourself a song on Itunes
Videos of the same students talking about their rewards for their successes
Sometimes your goals are really big

You will need some steps
You have to break the goals down to items that can be easier to achieve

The idea of graduating seems pretty far away and hard to grasp.
But, let's look the steps - Complete the first term successfully is the first step towards graduating.
Do you have a goal in mind yet?
Goal setting resources:
Got an idea for your goal yet?
Let's try writing a goal for this year.

(Notice I said write. If you don't write it down, you won't remember it. And, you can't keep it in front of you.
Step 1:

What is your goal for this year?

(Student writes something in journal)
I don't want one of those New Year's Resolution-type goals.

Did you really think about this? Is this something that you are really interested in achieving this year?
Be specific
For example: This year I want to complete the two semesters with at least a 3.0 GPA
Notice that goal is measurable - 3.0 GPA
Every goal should be something that you can actuall attain.
3.0 seems reasonable to me? How about you?
Really, your goal should'nt be something like - I will be the best student in the Freshman class, with the most friends on campus and star of 4 sports teams and the head writer for the school newspaper.
Make it something that you are comfortable achieving!
Time Frame
The goal should have a time frame
If a goal never had a time limit, would you ever work to achive it?
I'll just do that tomorrow.
Let's get the journal out again.

Let's write your goal for this year
Is it specific enough?
Is it measurable?
Is reasonable?
Is there a time limit?
Remember to write a reward.
What are you going to give yourslef or do for yourself when you succeed?
Let's go back to our paths
You have a goal for the year. Let's look at it one more time
Does it need any steps? Is IT too large?
Remember my example of ending the first year with a 3.0?

To do that, I might want to break the year into the terms
I can set sub-goals or steps to reach a 3.0 at the end of each term
What about challenges to my goals?

If I don't get a 3.0 in the first term, I can still keep my goal.
Let's look at a couple of examples
I just have to work harder in the next term
Do we need to break your goals down to smaller steps?

How can you use your strengths to achieve your goal? Your stengths can actually be one of your best support mechanisms.

Once you know your goals and you have set the path to achieving those goals, your strengths can play a critical role in your success. Strengths can be drawn on to find paths to success as well as finding new ways when roadblocks go up.

Strengths? What are they? What does it all mean?
Strengths are talents that you have
What are you good at?
What makes you happy?
What gives you energy?
Have you ever worked on a project for hours, but it only felt like minutes?
You were using your strengths!

Talking about how their strengths were part of their success

At this point we could lead them to a slide on the 34 a "pop" descriptions of each as they rolled the mouse over the strength.
Get the goal out that we wrote earlier
Let see if we can attach one of your strengths to your goal.

Which one of your 5 will help you succeed.


If I don't achieve the 3.0 in the first term, my ADAPTABILITY, STRATEGIC, and ARRANGER strengths can help me plan for the second sememster and how I will meet my end goal.
Utimately, be passionate.

Strengths are passions with precision.

You now have a goal that we can work with.
Are you happy with it? Are you ready to start working towards it?

What do you think is missing?

Someone's got to keep you honest. Someone should act as a mentor

You should check in with this person from time-to-time. They shouold be checking in with you as well.

They should be someone that you can turn to when you need help in solving probelms, help in developing new goals, or just a pat on the back when you need one.
But, who?
Think of someone that you would want to help you with your goals.
It can be a friend
It can be a faculty member
It can be a co-worker
It has to be someone that you can rely on
It has to be someone that you can share your successes with as well as the difficulites you are having in achieving your goals.
I don't need anyone. I can be accountable to myself.
Sure you can. But, remeber all of those New Year's resolutions?
it is easy to rationalize when you are accountable to yourself.
It's not MY fault
The dog ate my homework
I will start tomorrow
It was cold
I was tired
What about self-doubt?
I can't do this?
This is hard
I don't know how
Nobody is helping me
These are times when your mentor can help
They can help you plan around problems
They can help keep you honest
They can give you renewed energy
One thing to think about?
Do you want cheerleader or a coach?
Or, do you want someone that will do a little of each?
Let's go back to that goal again.
Now it is time to find a mentor
Who do you know that can be your mentor?
Once you have that person in mind, you might want to:
Meet with them
Discuss your goals and your plan
Set future meetings
Talk about what role you want your mentor to play
You might even want to use a sample mentor contract
You can help yourself as well
Keep them were you can see them
Use a PDA or Smart Phone
Set email reminders
Mail letters to yourself
Put a note in a bottle and throw it in the ocean
That last one probably won't work. Let alone, there is an environmental cost to throwing the bottle in the ocean.
Long story short, you and you mentor are partners in your success.
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