Simple question: Do you know what you are trying to achieve (in your education or just in life in general) – and why? Really think about that question. It’s more important that anything.
If you don’t understand what you’re trying to achieve or why you’re trying to achieve it then you have absolutely no hope of getting there. Why? Well where are you trying to get to anyway? You haven’t even defined it remember! So step one is to create a goal want to achieve and a goal you actually understand.
Once you have established the “what” and the “why”, you can move to the next step – the “who”. As in, who do you need to be to make sure that goal happens? What sort of actions do you need to take? How will you know if you are really on track or if you are just kidding yourself? Are you becoming the person you need to become to achieve the goal? Or are you just hoping that you can be exactly as you are now and still achieve the goal?
Let’s look at this another way. What actions do you take each and every day in order to progress your skills and attitude to the point where your goal can become a reality? Are you taking any actions? Or are you just doing what you normally do but hoping that because you “set a goal” that something amazing will happen?
Achieving a goal is a process not an event. The problem is that people don’t like processes – we like events! You see, we like to get an A+ on our Maths test, but we don’t want to do the study and homework required (i.e. the process) to get the A+, we just want the event – the great score!
We like the idea of looking fit and healthy but we don’t like part where we have to eat well and exercise constantly. Do we? It all makes sense when you understand that we don’t like the process – we just like the events.
This is exactly what happens in our studies. Most students have a dream of that going to College or University, or having a great career one day or of starting their own business, but the process of actually getting to that level of education is often long and painful.
All of the homework, the tests, the exams and the assignments required to get good grades can really break the back of even a student with the best intentions!
The process of passing school is hard, the process of being an A+ student is even harder. However, the events along the way, such as getting a good grade on a test, or getting a good report card, or getting into the College of your choice, are the enjoyable “events” (i.e. the rewards) for going through the process.
This is important when we consider setting our goals and seeking to achieve them. Obviously, if the event itself is the only reason we setting the goal then it makes sense that we are going to struggle through the process required to realize the goal. That’s just common sense isn’t it?
So, when you set a goal you need to consider the process of how this goal is going to come about. If you decide that you want to get an A+ in Maths (and by the way rule number one of goal setting is to make the goal specific not airy fairy like “I want to improve in Math”) then what you really need to ask yourself is “Who do I need to become to achieve an A+ in Maths? What actions do I need to take on a daily basis to achieve an A+ in Maths?”
Achieving goals doesn’t happen by chance. You must understand what the goal is and why it is important – and then you must make the decision to go through the process in order to reach the event. If you focus on the event (which is what we are inclined to do) you will find it very difficult to get through the process.
If you focus only on the event, the process won’t happen and the goal won’t be achieved. What will you decide?
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