Updated: Sep 28, 2020
Completing high school successfully can be challenging. There is a lot going on. Expectations can be high and your life is changing. Here are some proven steps to help you achieve your goals.
Good goal setting has a high impact
If you set yourself a goal you’re more likely to achieve it (some of the research that backs this up is below). Setting yourself a goal is key to you achieving what you want to achieve.
The reasons are simple: goals provide you with a clear sense of direction and focus for your activities.
Here’s how to define a goal
A well-defined goal always has these elements:
It's specific > For example, pick a subject?
It's measurable > What score do you want?
By when > When are you going to achieve it?
Here’s an example, to pass my English exam next November with a high distinction.
Now set yourself up for success
There are two key questions to ask.
Is your goal realistic?
Do you know,
Very clearly, what you need to do, to earn a high distinction?
Are you committed to consistently put the effort in?
All things considered, do you believe you can?
Why is the goal important to?
If you know why the goal is relevant and important to you,
Learning will be easier
You're more likely to consistently put the effort in
You'll persist when things get tough
Ask yourself, why is this goal important to you? How will achieving this goal help you progress? When you've worked out "why" write it down. Put it somewhere visible. This reminder will help you maintain your focus and keep going.
Perhaps it's not clear why how a subject will help your future. This is not an uncommon situation. While you're working this out, keep this in mind. People who complete high school have a higher likelihood of finding a job and earning enough money to have a good quality of life than those who do not.
Making it real. Starting. Keeping going. Finishing.
Here are some proven tips for improving the likelihood of you achieving your goal.
Write the goal down
Tell people who you respect about your goal
Break the goal down into small, achievable steps
Every week review your progress
Show people* your progress
Ask for the help you need or want
Adjust your to the plan (if needed)
Celebrate when you have achieved your goal!
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 The Output Of Educational Institutions And The Impact of Learning, Education at a Glance 2019, OECD.