By Erika Norton – StepUp Scholars Program Manager – 1.18.2018 (updated 1.3.2019)
Have you already set your New Year’s Resolutions? If not, it’s never too late to set goals for yourself (especially when it comes to your education and future). It might be hard to know where to get started, but we’ve simplified it down into five easy steps…
1. Set your goal.
Your resolution might be to improve a trait or behavior, get a 4.0 GPA, make the basketball team, get a scholarship or apply for college. Whatever your goal make sure that it is meaningful for you.
2. Make an action plan.
Take time to write down your plan. In a recent study, the researcher found that people who wrote down their goals were 42% more likely to achieve their goals and dreams. Break your larger goal up into smaller goals. If your goal is to go to college write down the steps you need to take to prepare for higher education. The StepUp Utah Scholars Grade-by-Grade checklists are an easy way to help you break down that larger goal so you know what to do each step of the way.
3. Take action.
After setting a goal and making the plan comes the hardest part—achieving that goal. What works best for me is to give myself deadlines. If I have to accomplish a goal by a specific time it keeps me focused and on target.
4. Keep yourself accountable.
“Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to results.” Sharing your goal with friends, family, teachers, or on social media lets others know that you are serious about achieving your resolution and their encouragement can push you to accomplish your goal. If you needs some additional encouragement, ask someone to check in with you periodically to see how you’re coming along with your goal.
5. Celebrate your successes.
Congrats! You have achieved your goal. Don’t forget to celebrate and give yourself credit for all of the hard work and dedication that you have put in to achieving your goals.