163 thoughts on “Goals

  1. To be successful in life you have to have a set of goals or at least one goal to set you on a correct path. Once you have a goal you should do everything in your power to accomplish it and never give up. I myself have many goals that need to be completed and will do everything I can until it’s done. Some people let society and other people tell them no and that they can not do it, but the best feeling is proving those people wrong and letting them see what you have done. One goal that I have is to graduate college being debt free or no more than $5,000 to pay back. I will achieve this goal by working hard everyday and saving up and most importantly never giving up. Another goal that I need to accomplish is finding a great career after graduating college that has to deal with my major and having an impact on society. What I am trying to get at is the things you may want to accomplish may be difficult to accomplish but it is not impossible as long as you put your mind to it and also to become successful you have to never stop pushing yourself past your limits and reach beyond to what you believe you are capable of doing…so get out of your comfort zone and open up to more people and never give up is the main thing.

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    • I agree with everything you said. I believe once a goal is set it should be achieved. I like goal of not trying to have any debt and I wish you luck as I know through hard work and dedication it can be done.

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    • Society always stands in the way sometimes when we set our goals. We make ourselves think that the goals we want are too high or that we aren’t good enough to achieve them. If we want something it is on us to go after it. Nothing in life is easy but if we really want it all the hard work and time will be worth it.

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    • That’s awesome to hear that you have goals set, and that you have already planned how to accomplish them. I believe that it’s good to have short term and long term goals. Both help manage each other, the more you complete the short term goals the closer you become to your ultimate long term goals.

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    • You’ll probably always have a changing set of goals throughout your life. If you look back on your accomplishments, you’ll probably find out that a lot of the things that you stress out about aren’t big deals anymore. Knowing this, your past goals will make your future goals easier.

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    • I strongly agree with your view on being able to accomplish anything you set your mind to. The only thing that can truly limit us is ourselves. Like you I am also trying to make it through college with as little debt as possible. By working hard everyday this goal is achievable. Goals are also important to help us learn more about ourselves and our abilities and shape us into better people.

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    • Michael, I agree 100% I myself have a lot of goals that I strive to complete but sometimes I don’t accomplish it because I don’t have my mind set to my goals. Knowing that to succeed there will be a lot of set backs but have determination and pride in yourself will help your goals in life flow like a river.

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    • I agree. Without having goals, there is nothing to strive towards. I hope you graduate accomplishing those goals you have. Good luck this semester!

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    • I definently agree with you!! It is so important to be able to have goals and to set goals! It allows you to strive to be the best you can be and to motivate yourself. Setting goals is a large aspect in helping you accomplish anything you set your mind to. Great essay!

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    • I agree with everything you said Michael work hard for your goal even though its going to be hard. You have the right mind set, I hope you keep it up.

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    • I agree with everything that you said. I especially liked the part where u talked about how society and other people are always trying to put our dreams down but with hard work and determination, anything is possible.

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    • I agree with what you said. I believe that in order to be successful in life you need to have something to strive for. Even though some goals may seem impossible as long as you set your mind to something you can achieve anything. I like the goals you have set for yourself and wish you the best as you try to accomplish them.

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    • I strongly agree with everything you said as well.Goals are set so you have a purposeful life.The satisfaction of achieving a goal is one of the best feelings.

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    • I believe that you should continue to have confidence in what ur doing, even if no one else does. Fight for your goals and try your best and you will prosper.

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    • I agree with you, I think goals are very important to set for yourself because they help to motivate you to accomplish something. I wish you luck in your journey.

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    • I really like how you presented the prompt at hand when it came to describing your dreams/goals. As a student here at UMass Dartmouth, I myself, am trying to pursue a successful career after college and hearing someone else doing the same thing makes it all more satisfying in the end.

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    • The only thing that stops someone from their goals, is them themselves. I struggle with getting out of comfort zones, but it eventually happens when the barrier breaks between me and another person. That is one thing I am trying to improve on. I need to stop being shy for too long with people, that is one of my many goals this year.

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  2. Growing up as a kid, everything was just great. No responsibilities, no working to earn money, none of that cause i was young i didnt have to do any of that. Later on you grow older, you find out things you wish you didnt, like your father just leaves you with your mom and your youngest newborn sister, no calls to check in, no money to help out the family, nothing. As i grow older and become more accepting about the fact that he left, i realize that Im the only man of the house now, I have to protect mom and my little sister, i have to support them when the going gets rough and i have to be what my father couldnt. This was a life lesson at a young age to grow up and learn that whatever life throws at you, you have to keep fighting, you cant give in cause then you will crumble and lose. Not only was this a life lesson it was a goal for me to reach that ill be able to support them and become the man that he couldnt be, for my family.

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    • Since I was a little kid I really didn’t think about what I wanted to do with my life so I really didn’t have a care in the world, but that all changed when I got into the one thing that I have been focusing on everyday since I was in sixth grade and that was the sport of lacrosse. When my dad got me into the game all I wanted to with my free time was to get better and strive for greater heights. I would always have a mind set to achieve certain aspects of the game; working on shooting, passing, getting faster, so I could play at higher levels like the college level. I will be playing for my college this year and Its the best thing for me because I can now make new objectives to increase my game even more to continue to climb higher and go as far as I can in this game. I want to be able to play with the best of best someday and the only way that will be possible is setting up task for me to accomplish to keep pushing me to truly achieve my goal of that. What really pushes me to do that is always thinking about my grandfather’s saying that you can’t wish to be good you have to work to be good. That always pushes me every time I put it through my head and I will always go by that to push me in the right direction.

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    • When things like this happen to people it only makes them stronger. You should be proud of yourself for stepping up and protecting your family when they needed it.

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    • I totally agree with you, as a kid we have no responsibilities and as we grow older many of us have to grow up on our own and teach ourselves how to be responsible. Many people have a loved one that teach them how to be responsible and that teach them life lessons, unfortunately for many of us we just gotta learn it on our own.

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    • When situations like this happen to people, I believe that it builds character for many people. You stepping up and trying to do the best for your family is something truly amazing. It’s something you should take pride in every step of the way, even when you are feeling down.

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  3. Everyone in the world has their own goals they look to achieve and complete and I believe goals are very important in ones life. We have different goals to reach throughout different circumstances in our lives. We pick any type of goals that we would love to be completed, they can be small or large goals. Reaching any goal we set is such an amazing feeling even if it is a small goal but achieving the large goals is what life is all about. Achieving one goal brings us on to another goal we set and we keep completing goals until we r dead. Every since growing up we moved from goal to goal and the rest of our lives we will still move from goal to goal. It’s pretty amazing how it works in my opinion. Go from being born to walking to eating and going bathroom to getting A’s and B’s to having friends to having fun to graduating high school to getting into college to getting good grades and to finally graduating college and then to getting a job and then to getting married and having kids. Life is complicated but we live life by completing goals and goals throughout our lives. Looking forward to next goals is what makes us hungry to want to achieve the goal for the feeling of completing it, and cause in the long run after all the hard work of achieving the goal, the best part about it is the feeling after u achieve ur goals, thats what life is all about.

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    • I believe that our goals is what keeps us moving through life, through the hard days and through hard times we always look towards our goals for support. They are the one thing that keeps us from giving up.

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  4. Everyone in the world has their own goals they look to achieve and complete and I believe goals are very important in ones life. We have different goals to reach throughout different circumstances in our lives. We pick any type of goals that we would love to be completed, they can be small or large goals. Reaching any goal we set is such an amazing feeling even if it is a small goal but achieving the large goals is what life is all about. Achieving one goal brings us on to another goal we set and we keep completing goals until we are dead. Every since growing up we moved from goal to goal and the rest of our lives we will still move from goal to goal. It’s pretty amazing how it works in my opinion. Going from being born to walking to eating and going bathroom to getting A’s and B’s to having friends to having fun to graduating high school to getting into college to getting good grades and to finally graduating college and then to getting a job and then to getting married and having kids. Life is complicated but we live life by completing goals and goals throughout our lives. Looking forward to next goals is what makes us hungry to want to achieve the goal for the feeling of completing it, and cause in the long run after all the hard work of achieving the goal, the best part about it is the feeling after u achieve ur goals, thats what life is all about.

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    • Goals are very important because I think that some people would be overwhelmed if they looked far ahead in life and thought about all they have to do and learn to be successful. Goals help people take life one step at a time and feel accomplished when they achieve what they were striving for.

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    • I agree if you don’t have goals you are just aimlessly living life and will probably never know what it feels like to proud of yourself.

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  5. I have had trouble reaching my goals all my life. I always wanted to be an excellent student. I always wanted to save money. I always wanted to be happy. For some reason these things did not work out for me. I was not sure what the problem was that I could not reach these goals without some type of interference or issue. Was it that I did not obtain the correct steps? Was it that the way I took the steps that was incorrect? I have had so many questions about reaching goals. Did people make reaching a goal a habit? Did they really have to work on it everyday? I have tried to do things like ask other people how they have reached their goals. I have asked what it takes to complete a goal. It seems everyone has all said the same thing. It starts with motivation. I have come to the conclusion from personal experience that if a person is not motivated to complete or even work towards a goal that it will not happen. No matter how long they think about it, no matter how bad they want it. The person has to be motivated to work towards and complete that goal. Also, everyone’s path is different. It could take me a certain amount of years to save a certain amount of money, but it could also take someone else only a few months to save that same amount. No one should be discouraged by the method or duration of time it takes someone else completes their goal. As long as that person has the motivation, everything will be alright.

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    • I love this, couldn’t agree more. You need to put in effort to get to where you want to go. You need to be motivated and if you aren’t then thats not your goal!

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    • Motivation is key and as long as you’re willing to chase after what you want, you’ll be able to put your mind to anything!

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  6. Without goals, there is no progress. A person must set realistic and attainable goals for themselves in order for them to grow and to accomplish more in their lives. Growing up, I have always been one to always have a plan or have more expectations from myself. Setting goals that can be accomplished is a great part of life and being productive. I have always tried to see the bigger picture and try to work towards what I wanted in life. As I grew older, I have realized what is most important in accomplishing my goals and powering through all the hard steps it may take to achieve that goal for the future. The biggest goal that I have yet to accomplish is becoming a real estate agent. I believe that if I keep myself focused and keep setting goals that could help me long-term, I will be able to accomplish anything. My motivation for accomplishing my goals is to have a better life for myself and my family. I also believe that if a person has the drive, motivation, and persistence while doing something they are passionate about then they will be able to accomplish anything they put their mind to. I believe that the persons’ environment and the people they surround themselves with will help/hurt the process of accomplishing their goals. My beliefs are very important to me and having a family that is supportive and that pushes me to do better helps me with moving forward with achieving my goals.

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    • This was an excellent piece.I absolutely agree that without goals there is no progress.Hopefully we can keep our goals in mind and surround ourselves with persons that help us accomplish our goals.Best wishes on accomplishing your goal of becoming a real estate agent.

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    • I definetly agree with everything you’re saying. I like to set goals for my life as well. It’s a good way to make sure you’re on the right track and a reminder of why you’re doing what you’re doing.

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    • I can’t agree more, if you don’t have attainable goals, you might as well not have any goals. If you want to reach them you need to surround yourself with people who will help you reach them.

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    • I completely agree with you. I really limed how this was written and agree with your opinions not only on the importance of goals, but the impact of the environment you’re in on completing them.

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  7. Setting your goals is an important part for a responsible person. The way to achieving our goals may not always be easy, but having goals can really be helpful a motivation to a happier life. It gives you direction and motivates you more to work harder and better. Setting a goal doesn’t have to be individual but it can be a group of people for example a soccer team can set a goal to win the league and it will work together and harder towards achieving that goal. You should set these goals basing off your current standard and your reach. In other words set simple goals first that are in your reach and progress to complex goals. In order to reach your goals your goals, you should not give up and also have something to remind you like a calendar in your room, a journal or anything that will be a reminder in your life.

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    • Henry, that was a great writing piece! I completely agree with how you said that setting a goal is an important part in becoming a responsible person. I agree with you on this, because I feel like setting a goal does truly form a person. Another part of your essay that I agreed with was when you mentioned that that your goals should start off small with little things you can achieve, and later on to try and set more challenging goals. Once again, great piece!

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  8. I believe you cannot reach your highest potential without setting goals.
    When I was 7 years old, I joined my first competitive swim team. I learned that success in swimming is measured in time, but it wasn’t until about 11 years old that I started setting goal times for myself. I had realized that I was just 2 seconds from a time cut on an event that would take me to Junior Olympics (the biggest meet I would have ever swam in, and the first meet I would have ever had to reach a certain time to get into); this is the first swimming goal I remember setting for myself. With these numbers in mind, and my coaches supporting me, I dropped time, and made it to Junior Olympics. Having reached a goal I came up with at such a young age was so gratifying; I wanted more time cuts.
    When you set a goal for yourself, it stays in the back of your mind with you, wherever you go. Having numbers constantly nagging on me forced me to push myself harder at practice; harder in races until I was reaching my goals.
    At age 16 I experienced something similar, but this time the meet wasn’t Junior Olympics, it was MHSAA Division 1 states. It took the first half of my junior year swim season for my relay team to reach the cut, but it didn’t happen by accident. We all worked together for that cut, because we wanted it; we sat obsessing over how fast each of us would have to go in our respective strokes to reach such a fast time. I believe if we hadn’t had such a goal in mind, we wouldn’t have been as driven at our meets that year.
    Before my junior year season, none of us had even dreamt of making states, let alone setting records. Because of the fact that we realized our potential together, we set goals, and reached them; with college swimming, I plan to use the same strategy of setting goals for myself, and hopefully I’ll not only reach them, but exceed them.

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    • I completely agree with this mentality that you’ve talked about here. Set a goal, complete it, set another. Wash rinse repeat. It’s a very important tool that goes underused that can lead to a huge amount of progression, as seen by you’re story.

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    • I definitely agree with this. Setting goals for yourself is a great way to establish where you want to be in life, long term and short term. It’s always great to set that goal, work your hardest and then achieve it! I always felt my best when I got the chance to say “yeah I achieved that goal!”

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  9. Everyone can set goals, but to achieve those is the real challenge. Goals are supposed to be set in order for you to achieve them, they need to be reasonable and realistic to what you think is possible to achieve and not something out the ordinary that is blown way out of proportion. I beleive that setting goals and meeting them is necessary in order to reach your highest potential and shows progress. Believe it or not you have set goals throughout your entire life you may have just not noticed it. Ever since you were young you have been completing goals that helped progress your life to what you are today. A combination of hard work and motivation are the keys to success when completing a goal that you set for yourself. The goals that you set cannot be easy or else they aren’t goals, they are tasks. When in college, challenge yourself, set goals that are attainable but not simple. Goals are set in order to get things done, and further progress your life. When setting goals, set them in timely fashion… Create a timeline to finish them and don’t leave them hanging over your head. Truth be told setting goals whether you completed them or not helped to develop the person you are today.

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    • I agree with your statement because people sometimes set goals that aren’t very realistic and should be goals that can be reached.

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  10. Many of set goals in life that we would like to accomplish either within a certain amount of time or we set goals to accomplish whenever. Some people to set goals to please themselves and other do it to impress others. A great percentage of people only set goals just to set them and fail to realize it will not be done easily. You may have saying “nothing works unless you do” I realized this when I learned a lesson the hard way. I always wanted to lose weight and i never had a plan on how i was going to get it done. I’m not insecure about my weight but ,once I started working out at the gym I got it done. People talk about how they want to be successful but fail to realize you have to have a plan and you have to get things done in order to be the person you aspire to be. We give ourselves deadlines because dreams do not come true over time and time does not last forever. Yes you may think that you can accomplish your goals whenever but, in certain instances or careers it may be too late. It’s also great to great to get it done sooner than late r because it is not promised that you will see tomorrow. Yes you may have great plans now but, if you die tomorrow people will remember you for what you had already accomplished not what you wanted to. In conclusion my piece of advice is to work hard at your craft each and everyday to get better at it and work on not just your strengths but, your weaknesses as well.

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    • I agree with you 100 percent when you said that many people set goals and never give the effort to complete them. The easy part is setting the goal but the real struggle is actually trying to accomplish them!

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    • The thing about goals is that when people realize how difficult it is to reach them, they often give up. People need to start appreciating the process, and the progress. Everybody is on this fast-track lifestyle and don’t want to put in the work, they just want immediacy. Fast speed internet, fast food, fast results. Our society needs to embrace the sentiment “becoming is better than being”.

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  11. In my last year of high school we were required to do a Capstone project that we would share with our community. It had to be a topic that we were passionate about and a goal that we wanted to attain.
    My courses were in the Fine Arts Academy, and so I knew exactly what I wanted to focus on for this project, was a project that would determine my graduation which was: the importance of art education. From September to February it was nothing but research, research, and research. With each scroll down the Google results page, there were hundreds of thousands of articles saying how important and vital art education is for the young mind and the adult mind. I also had to look up articles going against art education concluding how it is a waste of a credit, a waste of time, and how it does not promise a good financial future. It hurt, seeing those articles, and how those people couldn’t see the good in it. So, as a part of my real-world-application for my Capstone, not only did I do a survey around my high school but I met with the principal of my old elementary school. He was ecstatic about my idea and put out the word to his third grade team and low and behold, I got a class! It just happened to be my second grade teacher’s class. I gave the twenty-two kids no real instructions other than “you have to make yourself your own superhero” or to the one kid in the back, a super-villain. My favorite one from that class had to have been the superhero “Pizza Girl”. Seeing their smiling faces as I walked around, answered questions, and complimented their work really made me feel accomplished that I was making a difference and showing them what your mind can do at just that age. I saw a kid in the class and felt like I was looking into a mirror, being the one that draws all the time. I hope he never stops following his dreams and setting goals for himself like I did as I go into college as an illustration major. I believe we all should all take the time to keep setting goals for ourselves, keep on going against the odds, and keep on taking risks.

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  12. I’ve always heard the cliche “If I could just change one person’s life or make the one person happier then that would be a success and a goal achieved by me”. To me this sounds like limiting yourself, why can’t we dream bigger. Why not say I’m going to change millions of lives and create a huge impact on the world and the human race as a whole. Why can’t I be the next Martin Luther King or the next Gandhi. I mean they’re humans too. They just had the drive and the motivation to create such change in the world. I understand we must set realistic goals for ourselves but these are realistic goals, other people throughout history achieved these goals so they are realistic. I think we should never limit ourselves to the phrase “set realistic goals” to ourselves because typically that excludes big dreams. Look how far we’ve come as a civilization going from just discovering fire to building these advanced machines. I think we need to give more credit to ourselves and realize how much we can do/impact the world around us. Its not like specific people are chosen to be great when they’re born, they work hard toward their goals. Not everyone is going to have the same path to success some people may have less opportunities than others but our biggest similarity and best opportunity we’re given to become these great people is being born with working minds of our own. Why is it rappers from projects and poverty make it big when they’ve had greater disadvantages than me or you make it big. Why do some people go from rags to riches. These things aren’t predetermined, these people just create their own path to success.

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  13. Growing up playing soccer setting goals and accomplishing them were a daily event. You tell yourself you’ll score, and you do. It took some sweat, lots of practice and lots of ice, but you did it! I began thinking that would work at all the other aspects of my life, but we all know the world doesn’t work that way. Going into my sophomore year of high school I was quiet a mess. I was anorexic and hadn’t yet gotten the help I needed for my anxiety and depression BUT I still was setting goals and killing my soccer try outs that god awful boiling summer. Giving myself pep talks before each test I thought I was doing pretty well. I kept up with sprints and even though I lacked upper body strength I never half-@ssed workouts. During a half field scrimmage I consistently defeated a red headed senior, who was about a foot taller than I was, and had been on the varsity team since freshman year. Bonus!!! Her couch was watching the entire time. I was so confident I landed myself a place on the team, which is where I had dreamed of being since I started playing in first grade. At the end of the trails and with the deepest purple bruises scattered around my body, I ended up being completely cut, not even a place on JV. When I went to the couch for a reason why, I was told he was too busy and that the decision was final. There’s was no more space on the team. I left the pitch in tears. All of a sudden all the goals I set for soccer were meaningless to me. I swore I’d never put on another pair of cleats in my life. I grew up thinking my goals in life had to be better than the next persons and that I had to accomplish all the goals I set for myself. That was when I started to realize that other people will get in the way of your goals, life will have no true answers to why you failed and why others around you succeeded. That sometimes judges will be unfair, teams will be built based on political reasonings and “who you know” instead of talent. My goals had to be redefined, especially when I hit rock bottom and was truly fighting for my life. I realized that getting out of bed was an accomplishment. Eating a full meal was an accomplishment. Going through just one day without self harm was a MAJOR accomplishment. By senior year, my goals were quiet simple. I want to be happy. I wanted to help others. I want to be healthy. I wanted to graduate and go to college. I do have ambitions and hopes for the future, buy I learned over the years that life will get in the way of what you want, but it will teach you exactly what you need. To this day I haven’t put on a pair of cleats again, and that awful political couch was fired soon after summer tryouts ended. I’m a happier, healthier, better person since I know that I don’t have to score more goals than the next person. I applaud others success and I learn from my failures.

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  14. Where would I be without my goals? I’d be lost, without direction. Goals are essential to progressing, to making something of our lives, whether we realize it or not. Goal setting paves a path for the development of personal qualities that are essential for an individual to possess in order to find success in the real world. We must learn to set goals for ourselves at a young age, and be able to achieve them on our own, in order to be a successful, independent individual in the future. The quality of being a hard worker is developed from goal setting. You must put time and work in to get something out of it. Working towards goals also develops responsibility. Only you are responsible for taking the steps to achieve your goal, and whether or not you achieve your goal, you must learn to take responsibility for your actions. Goal setting can also teach you how to cope with failure, which is an essential quality to have. Without this, you will never have the motivation to continue to set more goals and achieve the life you want to live. Goals are essential to our lives because they give us a sense of purpose, something to work towards. My goal of being a college athlete is what pulled me out of bed every morning this summer to run. My goal of getting into nursing school is what motivated me to spend countless hours studying after school. My goal of becoming a nurse is what will motivate me to do my best in school these next four years. I believe you get out of life what you put into it. If you want something, go get it! No one is going to do it for you.

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  15. In life it is always important to set goals for yourself. Whether these goals are short term or long term, they will always help you become motivated for whatever you want to do in life. Setting these goals may same easy though, but you have to set goals that you truly believe you will be able to reach. Once you set a goal and actually are able to reach that goal, it comes with a great satisfaction that you accomplished something you have wanted to achieve. I believe that if you have goals in life you will never get lost as long as you stay on track to achieving these goals. Having goals will cause you to work even harder because you want to feel accomplished in your own life. I know that I personally set goals so that I know that whatever I am doing is working towards something and that I am never doing something for no reason. For me having goals motivates me to do whatever is possible to completing these goals. Having goals always puts me on the right track in life whenever I am feeling lost. Short-term goals are easier to come up with than long term goals, but they can still have a great affect on your personal being. Whether it is passing a certain test or finishing a project, I know that I always have a sense of pride whenever I finish these tasks. Long-term goals are seen to be completed in the well future. Everyone has goals to be successful and be able to support their family, but you have to truly believe that you can make these goals a reality. I believe that setting goals is an essential part of life and it will help you be able to do whatever you need to do to become successful.

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  16. The first 10 years of my life were the most inconsistent, choppiest, messiest, saddest years of my life. If anything had been tweaked, happened differently, even in the slightest, I don’t know where I would be today.

    I believe that the human race tends to forget how blessed they can be.
    I believe that the human race can tend to forget about the world that sits around them, and the unimaginable amounts of different situations going on daily.
    This is why I believe in perspective.
    Perspective is one’s point of view, the way you regard something.

    I believe in the kindness of other,
    I believe in a friendly smile whether it come from my best friend or a stranger
    I believe in chances,
    I believe that the human race needs to learn to look past appearance,
    To use our hearts instead of our eyes.

    I believe in hard work and all that it has taught me.
    I believe that hard work, dedication and passion can bring anyone anywhere.
    I believe that money can buy you things, but hard work can buy you more.

    I believe in forgiving myself for whatever mistakes I made the day before.
    I believe in telling myself every morning, that today will be the best day of my life.

    Most importantly, i believe in myself.
    I believe in my work, and my dreams.
    I believe that with affirmation, remembering where I can from versus where I am today, with kindness, hard work and passion that I can accomplish anything that I ever set my mind to.

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  17. Life is all about succeeding. No one wants to live in the lower class but some people just don’t put in the effort to move forward in life. As everyone probably already knows, the key to accomplishing anything is to make a goal. But that goal can’t just is a general leap from one thing to a whole other thing. Goals need to be easy to achieve so you can a new one. The more goals you get to, the more you’re going to move up in life. It is simple math. If you are currently not trying to achieve a goal right now; it means you are literally doing nothing. Goals can be big or small but as long as you have the right mindset to get to it, you should have no problems. To put this into perspective, playing videos, watching tv, going to school, having a job, or just pursuing a hobby. It all has a goal. Whether it is just finishing up your favorite tv show or getting that promotion you really wanted, a goal is a goal and getting to many goals as possible is the goal of life. Goals get you the knowledge and with knowledge is skills and having skills with your knowledge is power and with power get you the opportunity to have a better life for you and for others. A lot of really don’t know it but goals are a huge deal and whether you use the word or not it doesn’t matter as long as you are progressing yourself you are golden. And when these things help improve the lives of others, well, that’s the icing on top.

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  18. The goals that we set forth for ourselves is what shapes us as a person. Without these goals, nothing would change in our life and we never see any growth within ourselves. Ever since the day we were born there has been goals set for us and goals that we set for ourselves. An example is when you are a child and you learn to walk, that is a goal that your parents have set for you and a goal you even set for yourself. Without your determination and your parents help learn to walk, it may be years before that is accomplished. As we progress in school our goal is to move on to the next grade. If you do not move on the next grade we stay where we are and nothing changes. Its goals that shape the person we are and plan on becoming. Going into High School my goal was to get into the electrical technology program at my school and go on to become an electrician. I achieved my goal of getting into the electrical technology program, but once I was in the program I realized I no longer wanted to become an electrician but to become an engineer. I had set a new goal for myself. This goal of becoming an engineer change my plans and change me as a person. I no long could take the easy classes just to graduate but I had to take classes that are required for college. It goals like these and your determination to complete these goals that shape the person you will become.

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    • The way you described your goals in this essay was well put together. In goal setting, I believe the easy route is the one less traveled. I have done the same thing as you and took more challenging courses to satisfy my needs for the classes I’m required to take in college.

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    • Goals completely determine who a person will be later on in life. With the right goals, they do shape us into a better person overall. I’m glad that you have found goals for yourself as well, keep striving towards achieving your goals aswell as finding new ones.

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  19. Positivity is a major part of growth as a student. Especially when making the difficult transition into college. It won’t be easy by any means but it’ll be worth it. When things don’t seem to be going your way just guide yourself into a more positive light. As young adults we tend to steer ourself into negativity without noticing, complaining about things that we could easily shrug off. It’s a personal decision whether you want to be in a good or bad mood, or what you let impact you. A positive mindset can take you far and can guide you through the many obstacles that life throws in your way.

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    • I fully agree without having positivity truth new changes like college you really won’t enjoy it and will be a struggle so you should go through situations in life with a positive mind set.

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  20. Setting goals is what keeps the mind working. We all do it even if we don’t think we are because I believe without goals we cannot strive and achieve. Setting the mind on a path to achieve is one thing we do best as who we are. Setting a goal is like the gas of a car. A car cannot run if there is no gas. Just like a human mind does not function fully if there is no strive, no sense for achievement, no goal. As students goals are extremely important because they are what shapes the future. Future and goals go hand and hand because when it comes down to it, it is what shapes the path each person will follow based on their own decisions. Sometimes for myself I set goals that I know are easy to complete because doing that task gives me that extra confidence boost to become closer to my original goal. The tricky part about setting a goal is that if it isn’t realistic you will not grow. Setting a goal that is not realistic takes away the potential in accomplishing more in life. Attainable goals are where the motivation, hard work and determination come into play. Goals are what keep people productive and with more productivity comes more outcomes to become the best a person can be. Who a person surrounds themselves with can have a long term affect on whether not a goal is going to be accomplished. The more positivity the better we all are.

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    • Without goals people wouldn’t try to achieve things and wouldn’t wanna try to, so goals are an important aspect of your life to set.

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    • I 100% agree with you when you say that setting goals is what keeps your mind going. It gives you a focus to know where you want to be and where you are headed/what direction you want to take in life.

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  21. Growing up i’ve always been that little short kid that people can pick on. It definitely brought down my self confidence to an all time low and that’s how I learned to live. There was nothing I could do about my height and I just felt like I was no one and would never get anywhere. Then junior year came around and I saw this dvd workout program online and like all of those things I thought it was a scam. Nevertheless I decided to buy it and try it out. I got a couple dumbbells and a bench and at that point I was super excited. I started following all the workouts the guy was doing in the dvd and I was struggling. I almost wanted to give up. In my mind I set a goal that I wanted to gain some weight and muscle so that people would hopefully respect me a little bit. 3 months pass by I finished the 90 day journey with the dvd man. I started going to a real gym everyday and never stopped. I started getting compliments in school and everywhere. I noticed a huge difference in how I felt, looked and interacted with people. It’s almost 2 years since the beginning and now I have people asking me for advice and looking up to me just how i was when I first started. I simply set my mind to achieve this goal and the results came. I wasn’t the little short kid anymore.

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  22. Goals, what’s the point of having goals? Goals are the life jackets of our lives. It helps us float and reach our outcomes rather than letting us sink and giving up on what we believe.

    Having a goal gives us purpose and sense of responsibility. It gives us justification for what we do in life and how we go about it. Many people like myself set up goals in order to feel fulfilled and self-worth. Goals are a way of progressing in life and growing as an individual. Having a goal whether it is a short-term or a long -term goal, allows to focus on what really matters rather than, being consumed by all the negativity that surrounds us.

    I have set up many goals for myself throughout my life; ones that I aspire to accomplish with integrity, pride, and commitment. However, having a goal and trying to reach that goal can be complicated at times. It can bring doubt, anxiety, fear, and sometimes low self-esteem. It can be very scary to set a goal for yourself and think that you might not be able to accomplish it. However, goals are meant to challenge us, they are meant to give us a chance to prove to ourselves, along with everyone else, that we have what it takes. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to accomplish something that you have worked so hard for. The first step to having a goal and wanting to fulfill that goal is to “PUSH YOURSELF.” Your goals are worth the effort and time so, push yourself and never give up. Remember “YOU ARE CAPABLE OF ANYTHING THAT YOU SET YOUR MIND TO!”

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    • I agree absolutely with what you said about a goal being a tool in which a person can build their sense of worth and confidence. That a goal is a vehicle that is always there for a person as a life jacket is to keep a sailor from drowning. I found it interesting and enthusing at your capitalization of the inspirational quotes. Overall I found this article very pleasant to read and almost interactive as I relayed it to my own experiences as I went. A very good testament to the power that a goal can wield.

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  23. Goal setting is an integral part of succeeding in college and then at life. Goals give people a direction and allows one to focus on the big picture and their future not just the present and whats fun now. A goal is a wide term and can apply to many facets of ones life. It can be as small as cutting back on sugar or as big as saving for a house. Any type of goal produces discipline and improves ones character. A persons character can improve and the better the character the better the person. In the short term it may not seem to pay off seeing your friends party while you are studying however if your goal is to pass college you will turn out successful it may seem hopeless but hard work solves everything. Yes sacrifices will be made however it is all for the bigger picture. It depends how you want to live your life as an adult choices will be made will you set goals and be successful or will you live for the day and not see what your future holds and reflect on yourself. One without goals is drift less and sees the world though a tiny sliver set goals high and hope for the best always put in an effort. I hope now some see the importance of setting goals in their life to succeed.

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  24. What if Julius Caesar never crossed the Rubicon? What if Columbus never sailed the Atlantic in 1492? What if the founding fathers never took a stand? The answer is nobody would care who these people were; nobody would talk about them. These men were great men, but they were all human just like everybody else with the same limitations and risks. Everybody wants to be the one that stands out, or in other words, they want to be the one that archives the goals they set for themselves like the great figures of history. Goals can in some cases be simple things like creating a habit, or sometimes goals can be seen in the form of a more general achievement like getting a certain job or losing a certain amount of weight. Not everybody’s goals have to be of legendary scale, but goals all do the same thing, they mold a person into something better. A good goal isn’t decided upon for no reason; a good goal is designed to make the person perusing it good enough to achieve it. When someone is good enough to lose a certain amount of weight the achievement isn’t as one dimensional as simply having a number go down, the real reward is that this person now has more resolve and experience. If one pushes to be as good as the goals one sets, there is nothing stopping that person from being the next Julius Caesar or whatever figure they desire to be.

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    • The examples of great historical figures you used was great. I completely agree that if we set goals it helps shape us into better people, and that as one completes a goal it gives us more motivation to complete more and maybe become the person well known for achieving something great.

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  25.  My goal in life is to be a young, sustainable young woman. As a Haitian future college attendee, education to me means freedom. In order to be genuinely free, one must be educated. Freedom is one of the many desires of people around the world, but unfortunately, not everyone gets the opportunity to be free. Focusing on my education on a specific matter will help me enlarge my knowledge and be different. Coming from Haiti, a poor country where most of the haitians teenagers are illiterate and don’t have the opportunity to attend college being able to represent my country will give me the opportunity to help my country. Education is my freedom from stereotypes and poverty. It is where I can provide a better tomorrow for my family and I , it is where I can accomplish my dreams. My goal is to do better and be better not only for myself but my family.

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  26. I believe that the one thing in life that keeps us going everyday is based on the goals we set for ourselves and the goals others expect from us. At the age of 7 I moved with my grandparents in Carver and had left my mother. I watched both my parents go down the wrong path of drugs and alcohol, and I was not going to go the same way. Every since then I felt it was important toast goals for myself and not only meet them, but surpass the expectations everyone had for me. For example my freshman year of high school I had all college prep classes after almost failing eighth grade math. So then I had been determined to move up to honors after I finished my freshman year. Well after a year of me trying to reach my goal the school had told me that I could move into honors classes if I wanted to. Then by the end of my junior year my school had asked if I would become apart of the national honor society and that I was to be inducted the beginning of my senior year if I agree. I agreed and was in the honor society for a year. By the time I graduated I was 32nd in my class and it allowed me to be at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth now. None of this would have been possible if I hadn’t set that goal for myself my freshman year and tried to go beyond my goal to become a better me.

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  27. Setting goals for yourself and having a plan is super important to becoming successful nowadays. I am an artist and each finished piece of work you see in my portfolio contains hours of work, experimenting, and failure. Whether it be a painting, a drawing, or a even photograph, I work until each piece is just right. My goal as an artist is not to make each piece perfect, but I work at it until I am completely happy with the outcome. I want to create a lifestyle around a world of art and I want to be able to create every day. Working as an artist is definitely something that people deem impossible, and it is difficult, yes, but not impossible. I believe with hard work and determination I will one day be happily working as an artist and that is a goal I have been working for and I will continue working for. Success is all about setting goals for yourself and working hard to achieve them. I cannot wait to see where the journey of going to college takes me and more importantly, I cannot wait to show everyone who has ever said to me, “what are you going to do with an art degree?”

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  28. To me, goals are something that can only be set by yourself. If someone else’s goals for you take over your life, the goals will not truly be your own and they wont be helpful to you and your wellbeing. Goals, big and small need to come from who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe in. Otherwise it will not truly be fulfilled to the highest potential of your ability. A simple goal in life could literally just be to clean your room every day, and on the higher end of the spectrum it could be running for president. Each of them are going to be self fulfilling depending on how much of yourself you put into it, and to what degree you hold yourself to. If cleaning your room is a goal that makes you very proud, perfect. If running for president is the only thing that could fulfill your goals, more power to you. Your goals can only be accomplished based on how you perceive them.

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  29. Throughout life we are faced with challenges and struggles that are hard to overcome. It might be stressful and difficult at first , but by setting goals we can help ourselves reach new heights and become greater in whatever we do. Setting goals help us plan for whatever we are faced, and in a way makes our challenges and struggles seem more possible to overcome. Creating goals for ourselves can only beneficial. It gives us drive and motivation, which is especially important in college. Goals push us to strive for greatness, and the possibilities are endless. No goal can ever be impossible, as long as we do our part to have the drive and courage to accomplish them. We might fall short on some of our goals once in awhile, but this only causes us to work harder for the next ones we set. Goals can really provide a boost to achieving what we worked so hard for. Thomas Edison took 1000 tries to create the light bulb , and if he had not had the goal of creating a working light bulb, he would’ve never had the drive to make one that worked. People who set goals for themselves are at a great advantage to someone who doesn’t because they have a set agenda on what to do and how to do it, and they also have something to work for. No doubt in my mind, that by setting goals in the beginning of the school year, it will help me become a better student in the future.

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  30. This life is one of absolute anarchy without the virtue of self-restraint and control. A goal serves to guide us through life with some resemblance of order. A goal can stand to represent a person’s deepest desires. A goal can also be something that is quite simple and mundane. But the completion of a one still brings something that all people strive for, recognition. Whether it be an acknowledgment that takes place on a personal level or from an outside source. They provide a person something they crave, a feeling of importance. However, I do not believe goals can be forced upon a person. Goals are something that are personal and extremely intimate. A goal that takes place in an environment such as work will carry far more meaning if a manager grasps how personal a goal must be tailored. As a former manager myself the best tactic for reaching goals is not writing down a goal and demanding it. This makes the goal cold, something to be resented. A goal has to be gently placed almost suggested to workers that will adopt it as their own idea. The reason workers, and people in general need to be involved in setting the goal is to feel validated. People feel that this goal came from them and they have a duty to see it become reality. In group environment a loyalty to their peers with which it was set. A goal in a team environment creates a sense of community and tranquility that is not otherwise achievable. I believe in goals due to their power to make daunting tasks occur. But even more so due to the power they carry in bringing people together. A goal can be set to anything large or small, no matter the task a goal brings with it more than just a completion of something it brings whoever completes it a sense of belonging and meaning. I believe wholeheartedly that people need to feel they belong, therefore I am an absolute believer in goals.

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  31. I have always been a person very oriented by random goals I have set for myself. Whether they were small things like learning the lyrics to a song or big things like finishing a research paper on time. One of the most important goals I have set for myself was getting better at a game I play competitively. I had set the goal thinking it would be fun, getting to play a game I loved from when I was younger, it was much less fun than anticipated. I would every day come home and spend a few hours practicing the same technique over and over again. It took probably a total of 20 hours over the course of a week just to do a simple 4 button presses correctly. The thing was, whenever I wanted to quit, that was what motivated me the most. There were days I spent 5-6 hours straight practicing this one small detail in this random game just because I felt like it. The goals i set for myself are really important to me, and my unending strife with completing them is what largely shaped me into who I am today. The goals i set for myself weren’t limited to just this game either. I would do the same thing practicing a song in my concert band class, or repeatedly trying and failing to jump over a fence without touching it. That one was by far the most painful out of almost all of the goals I can remember. Setting goals for yourself is a very good thing for development, as long as you can learn to stick it out and complete it, accomplishing something that took you so many hours is one of the best feelings in the world. This is why I think setting goals can be so great for a person, it feels so good to finish and sets a great precedent in you for seeing everything through to the end of its journey. For my entire life I have been a huge believer in the power of goals, setting and shattering them.

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  32. In today’s society, new beliefs are formed and some forgotten; there are firm believers in specific ones such as reincarnation. It can be hard for one to fathom the idea that the soul of one, once so close and loved, could have the chance of being reborn behind a mask of a stranger. For some, the idea seems believable, for others like myself, almost impossible. It was an awful thunderstorm, the night of march sixteenth, year twenty-ten, when I was awakened by my cat, Baby, giving birth to a litter of six. I had waited and waited for the day to come that she had the kittens, for I had an unexplained anxious feeling surfacing inside me, like something about this whole thing, was going to change my life forever. They were all just as I had expected, but for one. This one was peculiar, she inherited the calico colors her mother had, giving her the name, Safari. The first time I held her, it felt familiar. She smelled familiar. It was in that moment that my heart seemed to magically heal itself, catch up to its beat almost, since my Grammy had died. It was my heart that linked the two together, it was my mind that doubted the possibility of this being “reincarnation”, but it was my soul assuring me that I had gained what was once lost.
    Losing Safari had never crossed my mind. I couldn’t bear the thought of how I would get through my life, with it being the way it was, without her. She was my everything. To most people I’m sure they laugh at such a connection with a “pet”, but to me safari was no pet. She was my anchor. She is the only thing motivating me to wake up every day and keep fighting my abusive father. However, I didn’t lose Safari; she was taken from me. Though my father had convinced family and friends that I ran from her, but I knew that wasn’t true. Who I had really ran from was him. My father was my and anyone’s worst nightmare. A man NO ONE could imagine. He was ruthless, conniving, manipulative, backstabbing, overbearing but most importantly dishonest and untrustworthy. He had done the same thing to my older sister mentally and physically abusing her, causing her to run away from him as well. At the time, I denied the fact that she was doing the right thing, simply because I was scared of losing our family, the three of us. Who would I have? My mother had “abandoned” when I was just five weeks old according to my father.
    The night I ran away, I wasn’t sure of anything, but I certainly didn’t think I would lose Safari. When my dad found out I had run away, he tried everything to make it look like I had run from my own problems, which was totally like him. To punish me, he had gotten rid of my Safari, my Grammy. He had hurt me before both physically and mentally, but never did I think he’d hurt me like this. He knew my connection with her, and he definitely knew what he was doing when he took her from me. You would think that a parent would want what’s best for their child, and for their children to have better lives than they had, but not my father. It may seem ludicrous but my father always tried to manipulate everyone into believing my sister and I were juvenile delinquents. His goal was to make sure me and my sister looked like terrible human beings only to make himself look better.I had always believed it was because he hated my mother.
    After he had gotten rid of Safari it wasn’t like I had given up. I had spent days, weeks, months trying to figure out where he put her, and I got nowhere. Still to this day I cry, I wonder, I blame myself for losing her. But i have always tried to remember deep down that there is a reason I made it out. There is a reason, unlike my sister, I made it through high school with perfect grades in all of my honors and Ap courses. There is a reason I have such a strong burning passion inside of me determined to make it into the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There is a reason God gave me strength to pick myself up EVERY single time my father knocked me down. Ultimately Safari made me who I am today. Through everything, she’s helped me find myself. She’s taught me so many things about who I am as a person. I now know a lot of things. I know that she is out there somewhere. I know that my father broke my heart, by taking her from me. I know that whenever I’m hurt, sad, happy, or angry, laughing is my way of coping with it. Most importantly I know, that I now believe in reincarnation. Reincarnation is what saved and broke my heart all at once.

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  33. Everyone at one point in there life has set a goal for their self now it’s up to you whether you
    stick to the goal that you decided to set for yourself. There are also others that decide to form smaller goals because it takes less time to complete than it would take to achieve a larger goal. We all have a different mind set at least from what I know I don’t think that there is a person that thinks exactly like someone else, even then we all go through different situations in life which sculpts you has a person to create future goals for yourself. As children our parents were the ones that created our goals or anything they wanted us to achieve, but now we make our own goals as an adult. We are legally considered adults in the eyes of the law which means there’s higher expectations for us then when we were children. For instance the goals I had for myself when I was younger are definitely not the same I have mature over the years. The goals that I have for myself are that I want to create a family with the man I love, I wanna move out of the state or even country, and I wanna be a medical examiner. Those are three of the many goals that I have set for myself, so it’s up to me to work sufficiently to achieve my goals. The most satisfaction I have achieved is when someone doubts you and you prove them completely wrong.

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  34. At home, I want my younger sister to understand that it is possible to maintain good grades, hold a job, and participate in extracurricular activities. There are times when I struggle to manage my time, but it does not stop me from pushing forward to grow and learn from my mistakes.
    In my neighborhood, the opportunities for growth and self-improvement are rapidly declining; education is taken less seriously, and people are becoming self-destructive to society. I see the people in my community hoping and longing for better days. I do not want to become like the people I see, but instead become the change that makes it a better place to live in. I want to be a leader in my community and especially for my younger sister. Going to college is my opportunity to study psychology and specialize in counseling so I can be there for others by helping them process the challenges that myself faced themselves. College is another chance to get involved and allow me to apply the lessons I learned from my childhood into my adulthood.

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  35. To be successful in life, you have to set goals. Setting goals is very important, this will help you become a better person. Set positive goals in life, don’t set negative ones. If you set negative ones, you will not get anywhere in life. There are two types of goals: Long term and Short term. It is good to set both types of goals. Short term goals are goals you can achieve in a short period of time. This can be achieved in a day, week, month, even in a year. While a Long term goal can be achieved in a couple years. I have set myself a short term and long term goal in my life My short goal is to pass all my classes with amazing grades to make my parents very proud of me. I will achieve this goal by going to all my classes, paying attention while my professors are teaching, taking notes, and doing my work and studying. My long term goal is to graduate college with a good GPA and further my education. I plan to do this in 4 years or so. I will achieve this by getting good grades, studying hard as I can, and not getting distracted during this. If you don’t set goals for yourself, there is not a point in your life, you won’t get anywhere in life, and most importantly, you will not be successful in life. Life is short and you have to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to you. Make the most of them!

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  36. Dreams. I ask myself everyday what my dreams are and the answer is always the same, succeed. But not just for me, for all the people that helped and struggled with me. As time goes by I find that I can’t have just have a dream, but a dream is nothing without a goal. I dream about going to school and passing with all A’s, Having enough money to support my family and being able to make enough connections to get the best possible job around. But like I previously said, dreams are nothing without goals and my goal is to find a way to complete all my dreams, but I was never like this before. What made me want to change my dreams into reality was when I found out that my life is more than just partying and games. Grades, homework, going to the library and studying is things I love to do now. I found out I loved these things hen I came to terms with myself and found that the only way homework and studying would be fun was if I found a way to enjoy both of those things. As college is just starting, I’m very far away from my dreams but I know that I can achieve them because I have a lot of motivation to do so.
    For everyone who could be reading this, your dreams and goals are more important than anything else in your life. I know from experience that dreaming big, but also having fun in the way to go.

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  37. There’s one goal that I’ve always had in mind, and it’s one I don’t think I’m going to give up on until it’s done. My mom has always been there for me, and that’s the reason I am sitting here today and studying at Umass Darmouth. She’s always been my biggest supporter, never doubted me no matter what mistake I have made. I want to become successful, I want to be known, that one day my mom can stop supporting me and I can give her what she really deserves. She has been threw so much in her life, she is such a strong, beautiful and amazing women and I’m so grateful to have her as a mother. Single mother who supported not one, not two but 3 kids all her life deserve the whole world and that’s what I want to give her.

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  38. Setting goals is one of the most important aspects of success. When one poses a challenge or sets a goal for themselves, they gain an objective in which they can strive towards and work in order to accomplish. They create for themselves a motivator that can guide them to the dreams and outcomes they determine for themselves. In my academic, artistic, and personal lives, goals that I set for myself dictate every decision that I make. They keep me grounded and focused, and leave me never without a purpose. When I meet goals that I set for myself, it brings to me a feeling of triumph and accomplishment, but also leaves me with a hunger to recreate the chase with a new and more challenging objective. Goal setting allows me to grow in many different areas of my life. It not only provides me with a chance to assess areas within myself and my work that could be improved, but it gives me a constant motivation to obtain results that I determine for myself. By setting goals for myself and working towards achieving them, I establish a strong feeling of self confidence within myself. As an independent recording artist and producer, I am driven by a dream of being able to make a living and leave a legacy in the world of music. I believe that goals are the tools in which progress is measured. They are the landmarks I must reach in order to obtain my dream, as well as anything else I desire out of life.

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  39. I believe it is essential to have an goal in any task I decide to take on. For every task I take on, I give myself a goal so that in times where I may lose interest or become too discouraged to complete a part of the task I find a way to keep myself motivated in order to reach that end goal. Whether the goal is to earn more play time for a sport by going to extra practices or get a high grade on a test by studying extra, I find ways to push myself to persevere through to the end. I recently set a goal for myself to earn large amounts of money before college throughout summer. All summer I picked up multiple shifts so that each check I received at the end of the week would significantly increase the amount of money I had in my bank account. While there were times where due to working so many hours, I was unable to see friends as often as I would like, I used my goal to persevere and encourage me to remember that I am working for a greater purpose. While working may not be as fun as seeing my friends, it is the only way for me to make as much as money as I would like. This is why setting personal goals is something that should be regarded as of high importance. When I set goals for myself and focus on them, I become less likely to be discouraged by anything else that may be a hindrance or distraction to reaching my goal.

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  40. Cleaning is something almost everyone does. Whether it be a house, a car, or something smaller such as a table, they all get cleaned to make whatever the object is look much nicer. It is shocking that we do not do the same for our Planet; preserving it the way we preserve the objects we value most, but isn’t the Earth something we should value above all else? Earth needs to be cleaned to so it can project its true beauty.
    One day not too long ago, I was driving in downtown New Bedford when I spotted something I had always overlooked as an ignorant child. In the midst of the dense population of trees I saw what looked like debris from a crash. As I approached the site, I realized that the crash-like scene I noticed was no crash scene at all, it was a massive pile of litter. I was disgusted that there was so much garbage compiled into a single area. It was so grotesque looking that I only took a final glance at it, and quickly looked away. I continued driving past the site, but the image of the garbage suck in my head for the entire ride home. I had always thought that the waste problem wasn’t as bad as the media had portrayed; garbage being everywhere didn’t seem like such a big issue, but once I saw the large amount of litter compiled in the woods, It was an eye opener. Once I saw the trash, I began to scan the areas around me every time I went on a car ride, and every car ride I went on, the results of my scans progressively worsened. The amount of litter was astounding, but as the amount of litter began to grow, a belief began to develop in my mind.
    I began to believe that people should clean up after themselves, and take responsibility for their trash. Cleaning up after yourself is such a simple concept, yet there are still so many people that still don’t use it. If people take an extra few minutes a day to put their trash where it belongs, rather than dispose of it our beautiful cities, it would make a considerable difference on the outlook of our cities. Cities are not the only places that need to be clean, but everywhere; from the suburbs all the way to the small urban areas. When people start to clean up the world and begin to make progress, other people will join in and make the change even so big that everyone will want to clean to contribute, and with everyone cleaning, it will make a positive change for the people the people that decided to clean, but for everyone in general.
    Cleaning is something that is overlooked by most as something so simple, but it is much bigger than something simple. It is a way to make our overall environment much nicer and more habitable because it isn’t right to hide the beauty of our environment with our trash.

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  41. I believe in ending the devastating effects of global warming and preserving our planet for the future generations. The fate of our world is in our hands and without a change in ending the practices of using fossil fuels, burning coal, and greenhouse gas emissions the Earth is doomed. Humans need to take a stand on this important issue because time is running out. The beauty and nature of this world is in peril but with drastic change and reforms sponsored by mankind, our world can be preserved.
    Global warming has been a growing issue that has been facing our planet since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the nineteenth century. The emission of dangerous toxins into our environment has caused a speedy temperature rise that is only getting worse. Temperatures are rising across the world each year which is leaving rising sea levels due to ice cap melting. The warming of the planet is just one of many environmental issues facing our world. The aspects negatively affecting the environment are the rampant pollution which is harming humankind as well as vast numbers of species of plants and animals, ocean trash building up and harming our marine life, deforestation, and resource depletion. The extinction of many different species of organisms is on the rise as well due to the combination of all these forces acting together. The innocent suffer because of the industrial greed that governments and businesses personify as the norm of a modern society. These changes are altering the natural cycles of our planet which evolution can not keep up with.
    I fundamentally disagree with the changes affecting our world and the lack of response that governments promise will address. If nothing is done then the fate of our world is left to chance. That is why with organization and an outcry from the public; government will be forced to act on the will of the people. There are ways in which to bring about change for the world— staging protests and boycotts, signing petitions, voting for elected officials willing to bring the issue to government—every effort counts. There are simple efforts that everyone can make in order to combat the effects of climate change and environmental change. For example, recycling recyclable goods, reusing plastic bottles and bags, and reducing the amount of nonrenewable resources used can all be a factor in solving this serious issue. Although there are times when the cause is hopeless, I believe in optimism and hope for humanity.
    I believe that in acting on my beliefs that a paramount movement can be brought to life and truly change the world. Mankind shares the world with other organisms and the innocent creatures that surround our world do not deserve what is happening to them. Global warming and negative environmental change is the current state of the world. It is the current battle that must be won for this generation and the many to come. In oppressed places around the world, people have been imprisoned or killed for these beliefs. However, as history has taught us with movements, one simple spark can ignite and fundamentally advance the world for the better.

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  42. As a kid I’ve always had the dream to achieve all my goals before death. However, it was impossible to keep up with all of my goals because I was very creative back then and strived to achieve even the most useless of things such as being able to eat faster than all my friends. I also had a plethora of goals that weren’t achieved and I struggled to comprehend why I couldn’t do it. I had wanted to have all A’s in all of my classes but that didn’t happen. After not being able to overcome that goal I just adapted to not being able to achieve all of my goals. For the first three years of my high school career I never really cared about getting A’s anymore, all I cared about was just being average and not failing. It had finally hit me during my senior year when I took AP physics that unless I put actual effort into achieving my goals that I’ll never actually be able to obtain them. I was really frustrated at the fact that I lived all those years with just being fine without striving to achieve anything. I had realized that unless I put actual time and effort into achieving something I want to achieve, I will never be able to obtain it. From then on I had knew that no one was going to hand me my goals to me but instead I would have to chase after it and try to take it for myself.

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