It’s not always easy to keep focused. Staying motivated is incredibly important when it comes to finishing your project!
PLANS OUT YOUR PROGRESS
Goals are useless unless you have a strategy to achieve them. Apply numbers and measurable criteria to your goal– ask yourself: How big? How much? How many? Set out a consistent schedule of activity so you know if you are on track, or off track. Pssst– plan a little reward for yourself when you hit each milestone!
BREAKS DOWN YOUR GOAL INTO SMALLER STEPS
You don’t get to the end of a marathon in one giant leap. It takes hundreds or thousands of tiny steps forward (and maybe a few steps backward along the way). Every single action, no matter how small, when accomplished, serves as a building block to help you attain your overall goal.
ALLOWS YOU TO ADJUST YOUR PLAN
Sometimes we base our goals on what we think we ‘should’ do, or even what other people say we ‘should’ do. Make sure you are going after something that you want and that makes you happy. If a goal is no longer feels relevant to you, don’t allow the goal to just fade away. You should be staying in contact with your Assessor on a regular basis. If you’re struggling with your goal, tell them. They are there to provide advice and guidance to help you overcome any roadblocks.
REMINDS YOU OF THE BIGGER PICTURE
Today’s goals might fit into another goal in your future. Say instead of buying lunch at school, you saved $5 a day for a month. At the end of the month, you would have $150. With that money, you can get yourself tickets to that concert you’ve been wanting to go to. Having different time-bound goals from the immediate to the long term will move you forward to where you want to be.
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