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Your path towards furthering your education may not have been easy, but having a goal steered you to enroll at Ashworth. Setting goals and working towards them is an important part of the education process. These stepping stones pave your path forward and lay the foundation for what you want to achieve and even who you want to be. It’s important to set realistic goals and stick to them while working through your program. Here’s how.
Enrolling in school can feel overwhelming, but goal setting allows you to have focus, gives you direction, and can help you succeed. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals, originally created by George T. Doran, a consultant and former director of corporate planning for Washington Water Power Company, to help you focus your efforts and use your time wisely. S.M.A.R.T. goals are
Writing down your goals works. This increases your chances of sticking to them and keeping yourself accountable. According to an article from Forbes, people who write down and describe their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish them. When writing down your goals, include how you think you'll feel when you reach that goal. You should also write what you want to achieve. For example, “I want to learn new skills to change my career”, instead of “I want to quit my job.” Read your goals daily and visualize yourself accomplishing them.
Planning your goals is just as important as the outcome. By creating an action plan you’ll have a framework for how to complete your tasks to reach your goal in the most effective way possible. To create an action plan, start by identifying the tasks that need to be completed in order to reach your goal. Then, analyze your tasks and see where you should apply the most time and what tasks you can put off until later. Make sure to review your action plan to keep yourself on track. You should also set reminders for yourself to make sure you take the time needed to accomplish your daily to-do lists. By breaking big goals into individual steps, you’re tricking your brain into thinking it’s easier to accomplish. This also gives you confidence after you finish and cross off each small goal.
When you accomplish a goal, make sure you take the time to enjoy it and celebrate. Think about what you did to get where you are and all the hard work you put in. Also, reflect on how you felt at that moment. That way, that feeling of success can keep you going toward your next goal.
Whether you want to pursue a certification or college degree, take the first steps towards reaching your goal with Ashworth College. Cross the first task off of your action plan by calling an Admissions Advisor at .