132 thoughts on “Goals

  1. What truly defines a goal?
    Goals can be as simple as not eating sweets for a day or having the drive to run that one extra mile each week.Goals can also encapsulate who a person is by delineating their entire life in hopes to making their dreams a reality.
    Having goals in life is what drives us. They keep our minds occupied and content on the fact that there is something truly worth while that comes from all the stress and hard work we put into daily life. So if we did not have goals or ambitions in our lives we would be left wondering what our purpose is on this earth. To live a life of drudgery or living our lives to the fullest potential. Whether that be traveling the world to immerse ourselves in the thousands of different cultures that are out there. Or to one day own your own business and share it with generations to come. Our main goal in life is to find what ignites our ambitions to pursue our dreams and to never let that flame die out.
    The goals we keep, no matter if they are daily or lifetime ones, should scare us a little and excite us more then anything. This is the only way we will keep our dreams alive.

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    • I agree that goals do not matter how big or small they are as long as they reflect the person’s inner ambitions. Those ambitions keep people healthy and active. Having large goals are great as long as you can be able to fulfill those by making smaller stepping stones to get to their larger one. This prevents people from getting discouraged by having an unreasonable goal.

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    • I absolutely loved how you explained what goals are! I agree that people need any type of goal no matter how big or small to have a meaningful life.

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    • I love the way this post is structured from what you believe defines a goal to how they make us feel. I agree with everything said, especially how goals tend to scare us but excite us.

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    • I absolutely agree with everything from the sweets to running that extra mile as goals and I loved how you in a way defined what a goal is by providing examples. I believe in everything that you have said here and you need to keep that fire from dying out if not growing! I agree that goals should be exciting and a little scary and it’s all about how bad you really want to complete your goals!

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    • I completely agree with your statement that goals gives us a purpose and that no matter how small a goal may seem, what matters is your dedication and that strong belief in yourself that you can do anything. Goals are achieved through hard work and commitment. Overall, goals keeps our mind busy and motivated at the same time.

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    • I agree on your thoughts on goals. Goals are meant to help people push themselves to go the extra mile. I agree one hundred percent with everything you wrote about in your statement.

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    • I agree that goals are extremely important and are what drives us. I loved that part where you said that our goals should scare us and excite us, I can definitely relate to that.

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    • I agree with this statement because having goals in life can lead to success. Also, having goals allow us to stay focused on achieving it.

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    • I loved how you explained plain and simple that everyone no matter who, needs goals to drive them to continue living their best life. I agree 100%

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    • I totally agree with you and love the way you worded everything. You explained what a goal is and have specific examples to back it up.

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    • I agree that goals can be simple and also difficult depending on what the goal is, but no matter the goal, it can always be achieved. Goals motivate us to reach a better version of ourselves or place in life. Goals do tend to be what most people think about in life since it’s what you make it. Goals are self made and depending on the person, it may take seconds or years to achieve. Realistic goals are what most people should be aiming for. Anything is possible, no matter the circumstance or situation, somehow, someway the goal will be accomplished.

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    • I completely agree with this. When your goals and ambitions keep a fire under you that urges you to keep going, you never want to stop.

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    • I love this! Goals are so important to have, and I admire that you were able to point out different types of them. Traveling is a goal of mine, so it’s cool that you mentioned that 🙂

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    • I agree that you should find your own goals that are personal to yourself. Trying to copy someone else’s goals won’t necessarily make you happy. Finding your own goals that satisfy your passions in life can make you truly happy when you achieve them.

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    • You provide an agreeable argument about goals here. Goals strongly define a person. In my case, my goal is to constantly improve in my artistic skills. Knowing that I’m motivated to accomplish this objective keeps me from getting bored. As you said, “… if we did not have goals or ambitions in our lives we would be left wondering what our purpose is on this earth.” There’s always something new to learn and an idol to surpass; once these categories have been achieved, new goals may establish.

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    • I agree, goals are very important part of life and without them we would have nothing to keep us going when life gets tough. Goals are what help us get through these difficult situations.

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    • I completely agree with your post! As a very goal orientated person, I feel that creating and achieving multiple small goals can pay very large dividends in the long run. Great post!

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    • I agree with your words completely. Goals are meant to challenge us, therefore they should scare us and excite us and make us want to better ourselves. Without goals, whether we set them consciously or unconsciously, we stand still and do not grow as people. Goals are what get us to our fullest potentially and I think you got that spot on.

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  2. I believe that being goal orientated is the most significant trait a person can have in modern day society, due to the extreme competitiveness of today’s job market. Without the desire to achieve goals, an individual will never get a promotion, a raise or any outstanding recognition in his or her occupation. Planning and establishing goals is the first step to finding a passion for a hobby, career, sport or area of study. For these reasons, setting goals influences life opportunities by exposing individuals to circumstances that would not have been made available without the founding of a passion, which transitions into a goal. Goals give us a reason for living and shape our attitudes and opinions of circumstances and events, based on the future endeavors we have planned for ourselves. I believe that goals are an integral part of society and human beings can not function without the inspiration that goals provide us with.

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    • I agree with you that being goal oriented is, in fact, very important. As a nursing major I understand that goals can help you achieve success and be more intentional about your actions both short and long term. BUT couldn’t you say that sometimes being TOO goal driven can also be bad? Couldn’t you say that sometimes forgetting about your goals for a brief second and living in the moment can be more fulfilling? Goals are very important to today’s society but sometimes I feel like we lack a little bit of spontaneous fun. Too often I see so many people taking life way too seriously and in some cases that can lead to your downfall.

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    • I wholeheartedly agree with you saying that being goal orientated is the most significant trait a person can have. everything in life is basically a goal and to get where you want to be you need to achieve numerous goals in your life.

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  3. I believe that making goals no matter what point you are at in your life is one of the most helpful things you can do for yourself. If you set a goal, whether it be the most far fetched goal that you may never actually complete or something so simple, you know for a fact you can complete, they will give you something to reach for. This is so important because you know what you want to reach for as opposed to reaching for something with no idea what it is you want to complete. Not only will it give you something to look forward to and reach for, it will also help give your life structure and help you create your path through life to achieve that one big goal that you want to reach. It could give your life structure because by creating smaller goals and completing them, you might find another goal that you would not have thought of had it not been for the previous goal you just completed. For example your first goal could simply be to decide what class you want to take the next semester at school. That goal would probably be completed quickly in a couple of days or a week, and then you would start the class. For some of us after selecting the class and soon starting the class, we might enjoy that class so much that we create a new goal. This new goal might be a long term goal such as your dream job that you now want to get as a result of completing that one simple goal of selecting a class. In addition to giving you some structure to your life, they also could help bring some fun to your life by making you excited to try to achieve each and every one of the goals you have created. This could help by creating a fun filled life of completing and creating new goals and take your mind away from any depressing times you might face along the way. I believe anyone can achieve anything they want in their life as long as they set strong goals along the way to help set a path to that major achievement they might want to get to.

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  4. I believe that people need to have dreams and aspirations in order to achieve their goals. Dreams give people motivation. Without motivation it would be almost impossible to reach a goal. Although there will be failures along the way, I believe it is important to never give up. I believe that setbacks are normal and in the long run will help a person once they have reached their goal. I believe that if a person has their whole heart set on achieving a goal, they will no matter how long it may take them. I believe that once one goal has been achieved, another one will pop up in its place. Goals never stop. They are what keep people moving.
    I believe that everything happens for a reason. As humans, the only thing we can truly control is ourselves. When something bad happens to an individual, they often ask “why me?” Maybe they will think it is karma, or that someone is out to get them. However, I believe that all the issues, and hardships humans face were meant to be thrown at us. I believe that failures are meant to make people stronger. I believe that people can get through anything with the right resources. Everything happens for a reason, people cannot live their life as a “what if” statement. What is, is always meant to be.

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    • I totally agree with you, Talia, if people don’t have dreams and aspirations then what will the hope for the future, what will motivate them to become successful and achieve their goals. I think having dreams even If the dream is impossible still gives people an objective, which helps people strive and continue working past all the obstacles they may face to achieve their own personal dream.

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    • I agree that dreams are key to achieving goals and that motivation stems from such dreams. I believe that hardships also enhance your goals making achieving your dreams more fulfilling knowing how hard you worked to aspire to them

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    • I agree with the idea that goals stem from dreams and that dreams and aspirations are what drive us to set and achieve goals. Without dreams there would be no goals.

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  5. Goals are created to provide an individual the ambition needed to aim for tasks that were thought of as impossible to accomplish. But why should individuals set goals, to begin with? First, goals are created to accomplish challenging tasks. For example, having a written goal creates a continuous reminder of what needs to be completed for a specific individual. Secondly, goals are started to help people believe in themselves. The act of achieving a goal provides motivation to aim for the unthinkable. Lastly, goals can guide an individual to their true passions. Creating a goal gives an individual the ability to self-reflect on themselves in the hope of discovering what they truly want.
    For example, from personal experience, in seventh and eighth grade I tried out for the middle school basketball team. Unfortunately, I did not make the team both years. So, I joined my towns, recreational team. Additionally, I sought additional basketball training opportunities to continually improve throughout the year. Thus finishing my first goal, which was to improve my skills on the court. My hard work and tenacity were soon rewarded when I was able to reach my goal in high school. My freshman year I was placed on the JV basketball team. Even though I accomplished my goal of being on the basketball team, I continued to make more goals for myself. Developing goals for myself provided the ability for me to work hard on the court while also having the personal satisfaction of accomplishing a goal.

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    • Awesome story Marissa! I too agree that goals need to be made in order to complete a task. Whenever I create a goal, I also write it out and post it somewhere in my room for myself to have it achieved sooner rather than later. One of my best goals was to become a shift leader at my job. I had that posted in my room for almost three years. And with enough hard work and determination, my boss saw that he could trust me and he also saw how dedicated I was to my job. Thus, he made me shift leader- where I helped train and guide all employees on how to get the job done in the best way possible.

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    • I agree with this completely. When you continue striving for what you want so badly, the only thing stopping you is you. If you work as hard as you can and give 100% towards your goals, they are bound to happen. Congratulations on making it on the JV basketball team!

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  6. Without the creation of goals a person will never be able to realize what they are truly capable of doing. Setting goals for oneself allows personal growth no matter how small or large the ambition is, and the most important thing to remember about goals is that they are flexible and can be anything an individual wants. I believe in using goals to get things done because completing them gives a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Even if what you are trying to accomplish involves doing a task or a chore that you dislike, you can always reward yourself afterwards for completing the goal you set. Positive reinforcement will encourage one to set more goals in order to relive the reward.
    In high school I would create a To-Do list full of things that I either needed to do, or wanted to try and accomplish. I would treat myself to something silly at the end of the week only if I accomplished my goals. My prize would usually be a snickers bar, and while it seems nothing worthwhile I found myself feeling proud every time I ate one. It was a reminder that I completed everything I set out to do, and I was able to enjoy my treat knowing that even though I wasn’t setting huge and important goals for myself it still felt good going through with achieving them. One of the goals I set for myself during my senior year was to learn how to crochet. It was a challenge for me at first but at the end when I finally felt satisfied with the things I was making with my newly obtained skill, I was able to look back at how little I knew at the beginning of my self challenge and feel proud of how far I had come. I never would have had such a feeling of pride and satisfaction if I had never set the goal for myself in the first place, and I never would have known I could crochet if I hadn’t worked hard to complete my goal. Throughout college I will continue to set goals and allow myself to work hard and feel proud of the things I do.

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    • Elisa, I completely agree that having goals allows personal growth, no matter the intensity of the goal. Without goals, it becomes very easy to remain stagnant and never challenge yourself. Another idea that resonated with me was the satisfaction that accompanies completing a goal. The end satisfaction of reaching an accomplishment is often what keeps me working toward my goals. I try to set small goals daily and set bigger goals for the month so I always know where I need to be working towards. It keeps me on track and focused. I think of goals as a road map for me and I always feel good when I meet my goals. If I don’t meet them, it helps me to try and figure out what I missed so I can always try to be better.

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    • I love the mindset that you have while creating these mini-goals for yourself. I also believe that having smaller goals to accomplish can lead to overall things like assignments, little chors, can really help you break down and see clearly on what needs to get done and how efficient you are doing it.

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    • Elisa, I think you incentivizing positive outcomes with a Snickers bar, to use your same example, on top of the success of actually completing the goal you set out to do is a great way to motivate yourself to complete said goal. Even though that Snickers bar may not seem like much, it does positively reinforce the fact that you did something good and you reward yourself, and not to mention Snickers are delicious. A to-do list is essentially a set of goals you have to complete, small or large. Having something like a to-do list is great because it requires you to schedule your time. Not only can you visualize all the goals you have to reach, but you can see how much time every one would take and what work they would require when you are actually in the process of completing those goals.

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      • I absolutely agree setting goals helps growth. I feel like you need to set goals for yourself in order to stay on track. Setting little goals helps you achieve that overall goal you are aiming for and rewarding yourself is a good way to motivate you to keep going.

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    • I absolutely agree setting goals helps growth. I feel like you need to set goals for yourself in order to stay on track. Setting little goals helps you achieve that overall goal you are aiming for and rewarding yourself is a good way to motivate you to keep going.

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  7. Without goals or dreams a person has no sense of guidance when searching for themselves. Always having a set goal for yourself is a great way to keep you on track. One of my personal goals in my education is to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering. Whether or not I reach that goal is in my hands, the decision of either devoting the time I need to for my studies or using it someplace else. Goals are an important part of a person’s life, it gives a glimpse into their future and what they very well could be if they apply themselves to the proper channels. This simple factor gives many people the ability to do great things, some take it and do exactly what their goal is. Completing a goal isn’t a one step program to success, you have to work hard at it and when things get tough and you are overwhelmed, you must persevere and become better from it.

    Others shoot for the stars, aiming not for what they could be, but what they could be beyond what their goal is. When someone has a goal or dream they want to reach, they push themselves for it when it matters, and focus greatly on it. When one fails trying to achieve their goal or dream they crave for it more, (hopefully) guiding them to obtain success when they try again. When that happens, it drives them to work harder and to achieve even more than they originally thought possible with the dream, doors that were once closed could be opened after failure. Scheduling and time management for yourself is very critical to completing goals and fulfilling dreams and aspirations. These two key factors, goals and dreams, go hand in hand with one another. While goals are a desired preset result, dreams are a loose goal in which the person could fulfill in any numerous amount of ways that even our minds couldn’t have even presumed plausible at the time of conceiving the dream.

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    • I really like the way that you wrote this. Anyone can achieve their goals if they work toward it. I like how you said that when someone fails it makes them work harder and want to achieve their goal more.

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  8. Being goal oriented is an important and substantial trait have, to an extent. I believe our society has made us more dependent on constantly having/achieving goals and constantly being competitive. Having a goal is certainly one of the main points to success since it is striving you to reach your achievement, but sometimes having goals can be discouraging if they are not achieved and it can be better to have a mental break or live in the moment. Sometimes the only way to achieve a difficult goal can be to take a break and let life fall into place. There can be small goals like picking great classes for next semester or bigger goals, which personally for me would be to get into a competitive physician assistant program. Bigger goals can make you strive for greatness, but at the same time can stress you out terribly. Once someone feels a goal stressing them out is the time for them to take a break and realize the baby steps they have accomplished so far.

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    • I think you raise a good point about not letting your goals discourage you when left incomplete and letting simpler goals guide you to the bigger, more challenging goal to achieve. And being able to taking a mental break from a stress like this is another good skill to have.

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    • I agree with your thoughts on goals completely. Most goals I have cause so much stress that I wish I never wanted to achieve anything in the first place. Taking a break to see just how far you have worked towards these goals already is crucial to succeeding and achieving goals.

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  9. I had never contemplated the thought of going to nursing school, not until my mother was diagnosed with cancer. The big “C” word, the word that no one wants to hear in association with a loved one, especially a parent. Cancer not only affected my mom, but affected our whole family. When my mother was recovering from her first surgery after being diagnosed with cancer, all I could think about was how lonely she must feel in the hospital without her family and friends there to support her. Although she did miss us, I was completely wrong. Little did I know, she had an amazing group of nurses that worked with her closely, who encouraged her to get up everyday and fight.
    These nurses were constantly by my mothers side, whether it be emotional support or even just a joke. When I went to visit my mother in the hospital, they brought her a tray with some jello and juice and the nurse joked, “Here comes your steak and eggs,” making my mother laugh. It made me realize that even the smallest things can help brighten up a person’s day; I want to be that positivity in someone else’s day when I’m a nurse one day. My mom always says that it was actually all of the positivity that surrounded her when she was going through her treatment that helped her beat cancer. My goal is to one day as a nurse, spread positivity to patients that I’m caring for.

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  10. I believe in goals and think they are essential to help provide clarity and also purpose in one’s life but I think we need readjust our views of goals. Some people (including me) make goals so easy and simple to accomplish so they can’t miss. The problem with this approach is we don’t grow in the process and without growth there is decay. In life you’re either growing or dying there’s no in between that’s why when stop partaking in an activity we usually do we start to become “rusty” at it because we started to decay in that particular skill set. It’s always better to go big and miss then shoot low and hit. There’s always something that can be learned from misfortunes. But what can help you achieve your goals are systems. Systems are things you do to get something done. For example a coach’s goal could be winning the state championship but his system could be what is done at practice, the recruiting process and choosing assisting coaches. The system makes the person how they are; restaurant franchises are perfect examples of great systems because they make the job efficient and easy enough for anyone to run that’s what allows them to be replicated. You don’t really need goals, you need systems. Goals provide direction and systems provides the structure.

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  11. I believe that creating goals is essential to generating success and by challenging yourself to reach these particular goals you will learn many life lessons and become more determined to reach for things bigger and better than before. No matter how big or small a goal is if you feel as though it is worth your time and is an achievement to yourself you should strive to reach those goals. Goals give you a reason to push yourself to a higher standard for yourself and they help to show us that all the work, time and sweat we put in to get there was all worth it. Also, goals help in planning out how you may go about getting a certain job or getting into a hobby or game of some sort. The fact is that goals are used throughout our everyday lives all the time whether it be goals for a certain project your working on or even a goal to do a specific diet for a period of time no matter what it maybe they are all worth working towards because they will give you a sense of accomplishment. What we should all be thinking about though is that everyone has there own goals in life big or small no matter what they are we should not criticize each other for establishing different goals for our own lifestyles. This is why I believe that goals are very important to creating a healthy lifestyle as well as giving you that feeling of accomplishment when you reach them.

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  12. I believe that goals are made to bring positive change into the world. Especially in combating today’s environmental problems, which are worse than ever before, such as climate change, deforestation, pollution, depletion of natural resources and ineffective waste management. I have recently become more aware of how I can make a difference by setting goals to accommodate for the problems that the planet faces. Instead of purchasing water and beverages that come packaged in plastic I have made the decision to always bring a reusable bottle to avoid the unnecessary waste. I have also made a goal to carry reusable straws, containers, and bags. Other than these utilities there are many other goals I have set to help reduce my impact on the planet. Many people are blind to the amount of overconsumption of resources that they partake in, the big ones being car fuel, electricity, and water. By reducing our consumption, not only does it help save the planet but also saves money. Along with reducing our consumption we can choose resources that leave the smallest environmental impact on the planet like choosing clean energy, food with minimal processing, and natural products e.g. linen, wool, and cotton. We can also make a goal to recycle and compost more consistently and choose products that are made of recycled materials. Accomplishing some of these goals can be draining and will most likely result in a few slip ups, but we can compensate for the things that may be difficult to change by planting a tree, donating to a conservation fund, volunteer for community clean ups, and donating unused objects rather than throwing them away. Overall, we are all somewhat part of the problem, however, we can each set goals to be a part of the solution.

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    • I’m in complete agreeance. What we do today will reflect on what happens to us and our environment tomorrow. How we choose to go about taking care of our planet is in our hands. Whether that change is positive or negative it is up to us the inhabitants to make the choices that will benefit the planet in the future. Therefore it is important to consider the immense life sustaining contribution this earth offers to us and its other beings, the best thing we could do as a society is to come together to save what’s left of the environment before we are too late. You made some great points on how we too can contribute in the change for the better.

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  13. I believe that everyone sets goals for themselves in their everyday life. Whether it is a big goal or a small goal, a goal is where you motivate yourself to achieve something. Throughout high school, I had set many goals for myself, whether it was, arriving to school on time or having good grades to maintain a high GPA and to stay on the honor roll. Those goals I have achieved but it took a while due to lack of motivation during freshman year. After freshman year, I have decided that I need to motivate myself with my schooling if I want to be successful in the future. During my senior year, my main goal was to get accepted into the colleges I applied to and to get accepted into my top 3 schools. UMass Dartmouth was part of my top 3 and I am glad that I have achieved my goal to get accepted and to attend here in the fall. Achieving that goal has made me feel really ecstatic and made me think I can achieve anything if I put my mind, hard work and a lot of effort into it. Anyways, I also believe that setting goals for yourself is important and can help you boost your self-confidence and self-esteem when you achieve them, from my point of view, it did for me. Till this day, I still set goals for myself. Little by little, my goals are soon to be achieved and I am proud to say that I am achieving my goals day by day. All it takes is patience and time.

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  14. The Effort Will Pay off
    I believe that with effort, motivation, perseverance and self discipline you can achieve your goals in life. I came to believe this with my experiences in school and athletics. My parents always told me this as I was growing up. I had a lot of obstacles finding the right thing for me. Because for me, effort means putting in 110%. I found that by trying to do too many things I was getting worn out and not being successful. For example, managing school and athletics. I tried doing a couple sports at once. I ended up having to choose one thing to do, so I picked swimming and academics. Then I had to find out the right way to achieve my goals. I had to learn that I couldn’t just breeze through classes as easily as some others. I had to put much more of effort into everything I do.
    In school, I was not the best at academics. I found math more difficult than other subjects. There were always other students that didn’t have to put in any effort and I thought I could do the same. I slowly learned that I personally have to try harder in school than others, so I could get the grades I needed to pass certain subjects. I found myself studying longer, working harder and staying up late to achieve my goals.
    Through my experiences with swimming I always had to work extremely hard because I started swimming competitively at an older age than many other swimmers. I always had to put in additional effort before and after practices to get even the slightest bit better and improve my results. As I slowly got better more personal achievements came with it. By putting in the extra effort, self discipline and perseverance I was able to achieve good times at local meets to compete in Florida at an international meet with my team. I had great satisfaction achieving that goal and to swim against other competitive swimmers from different teams across the globe. Watching other swimmers techniques gave me more of an incentive to try harder to reach my goals improve my swimming.

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    • This is beautifully written and I definitely agree with you that to achieve goals effort, motivation, perseverance, and self discipline are needed.

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  15. What to do you see when you try to look into the distant future of your life? I believe whatever you saw when trying to get a glimpse of your future is one big goal that is made up of many individual goals. As you strive to realize your future you come across many decisions that can significantly alter your future and will decide whether you will reach your goal or not. Setting goals helps in improving someone’s decision making which personally for me was and still is the most difficult trait to develop to some extent. Understanding that making poor decisions held me back from reaching my goals taught me one of the most important life lesson that is making decisions carefully. Making the right the decision can be burdensome but having clear goals will undoubtedly make the decision-making process remarkably easy. You will be able to see which decision will positively affect your ability to reach your specific goal and which decision will hamper it. At the end of the day, your goals are as the light in the darkness the more you hold on to them the clearer you will be able to see and decide about your future.

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  16. I believe that it’s important for every one of us to set goals in our lives. Without goals, we can easily be misdirected from what we want for ourselves. Goals can come in many forms, whether it be a long term or short term every goal you set for yourself is extremely important and should be treated as such. Goals help to drive us to do things that may be out of our comfort zone. I believe that when we’re not in our comfort zone we can learn a lot about ourselves and achieve things that we may have thought were impossible at one point. An example of this being learning how to drive. Personally, the first time I got behind the wheel of a car I was out of my comfort zone due to the fact that I had never driven a car before, the first time I drove I was extremely nervous. But I set a goal for myself and I worked towards it over time through driving with my parents and my driving instructor, and eventually, I achieved it despite being doubtful at first. When setting goals we allow ourselves to test the limits on what we believe is possible to achieve, whether this is obtaining a degree in your major of choice or working your way to run a 7-minute mile. No matter how big or small the goal is you still have to work towards it no matter what, and as we pursue our goals in life we give ourselves a sense of pride and motivation as we get closer to achieving them. In the end, every goal we’ve already achieved and are striving to achieve has and will help us to better ourselves.

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  17. I believe that a goal in life is to find a community where you truly belong and connect with others around you. I learned this when I joined the band at my high school because of how it’s like a family. I say this because of how easy it was to find friends that I can hang out with and that I can go to for help. For example, whenever I was struggling with marching, other students were willing to help out so that I didn’t have to always go to the teacher for it. Everyone in the band was able to help each other out because this community always strives to be better. The other advantage to joining the band was that I know who to hang out with at school. Whether it’s sitting with them at lunch, or having the same class as them, I was able to get the opportunity to make friends and hang out with them. Being a part of the band community was an honor for me because of how I was able to find friends and that they were able to help out. In conclusion, a huge goal in life is to find a place that shapes who you are as a person, and to make connections with the people in it. Whatever place that may be, find one that suits you and has people who are there for you.

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    • I believe that everyone creates a goal to help guide themselves when going through a tough time and to grow as person.In high school, I pushed myself too much, which caused me to struggle. My senior year was probably the best time I’ve ever had in high school. I realized that it is okay to fail, and struggle. You must go through hard times to enjoy to happy and proud of yourself. Goals are an adventure, it’s up to take on that adventure. For as long as I can remember, my goal in life has been to go to school and become a nurse, but more importantly to make my parents proud. My dad came to the U.S. with a high school diploma, and worked his butt off and now has his own business. He has worked hard for years to give me what he could never have. I believe that I will do great in college and be able to help, provide, care for those in need, and make my dad proud. Setting goals for yourself will help you grow and glow, even if it’s something small.

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  18. I believe that the adventure to achieve a goal is just as important as having a goal. In many instances, people tend to get so caught up in the final destination that they forget to enjoy the journey it takes to get there. When you have the determination, anything is possible.
    I entered high school as a really quiet and timid girl who was a trumpet player, but had limited music knowledge. Looking up to the older musicians at my school, I was amazed to see what they were capable of. My goal right away was to have the same talent that they had by the time I graduated high school. In the end, I achieved my goal. I was the lead trumpet player in all of the bands at my school, I had the highest musical range, and eventually earned my name on a plaque at the school.
    This all sounds great, however, I left out the most important pieces of the story. What I didn’t mention was all of the hard work it took to get there. A goal is not just the “end toward which effort is directed,” as defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. A goal is made up of all of the mini adventures, failures, successes, and growths you experience. In my experience, I had to try, fail, get up, and try again many times. It would have been easy to give up at any point; however, when looking at the progress made, the fun that’s been had, and the achievements made, giving up was not an option. Working towards achieving my goal was the most fun I’ve had, and I’m so glad I got to enjoy the adventure.

    Reference:
    “Goal.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, 2019, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goal.

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  19. I believe that being able to set goals is essential to living a happy and fulfilled lifestyle. Goals that I set up are usually long term and ones that I try to stick to. If you put a little bit of effort in something over a long period of time you might get great results. I’m a huge advocate for just working towards a goal rather than putting it off and saying ‘I’ll do it tomorrow.’ For example, a goal that I’ve been trying to work towards is eating healthy and in variety. This can be very difficult at times when you just want to binge eat on snacks and foods with little nutritional value. What I’ve found to combat these temptations is to drink water. Most of the time when you think you’re hungry, you might just need a glass of water. Adequate hydration is great to keep your skin clear and to remove harmful toxins that manifest throughout your body. This is just one of the goals that I try to keep up with every day. When you put hard work into goals that you set, and you see results, that will encourage you to keep those goals. It doesn’t matter what it is. Furthermore, if you look into what holds other people back from there goals you can see that for the majority of people it is time, money, and a lack of knowledge. This is why I chose to attend college because I only have 2/3 of these things on my side. Whether your goal is simple or complex, there is always a way to achieve the goals you might think are impossible. If you write goals down on paper with steps to complete desired results, it might be easier to achieve them. Attached is a website I found that gives some advice on how to join the 8 percent of people that follow through with their goals.

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  20. I believe that setting personal goals is important and gives you a long-term vision and short term motivation. It helps you to build self-confidence as you accomplish your goals. Setting goals gives you a focus which in turn gives you motivation to succeed. When you have a goal you create a focal point where your energy can be channeled to create maximum reward. When you set a goal it helps you to be accountable for every action or step you take. Goals make you more aware of your actions, efforts, and also your time management skills. Setting goals obligates you to take action regardless of obstacles that may be in place and help plan ways around particular obstacles to succeed at achieving your goals.

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  21. I believe that setting up goals for yourself is a fundamental part of growing up. When I was in elementary school, I never worried about how much money I wanted to make every year or what jobs best suited my talents and abilities. And I certainly wasn’t planning on what colleges to apply to. In middle school I was still a kid not caring where the path I walked lead and the grades I pulled reflected that. Then I guess after hearing the 23rd lecture on why I needed good grades something clicked. I realized my life was pretty good. I never went hungry or worried that my parents couldn’t keep the house, and I didn’t want that life.
    I wouldn’t say that having a goal is the only difference in being an adult but it’s certainly important. I didn’t want to be in a crippling financial situation and figured a good paycheck would only make any other objective in life easier to achieve. This change from having no plans to setting up a plan to get to this ideal future drove me to get through high school with good grades and a plan for what came after. It set me up for college and the responsibilities entailed with adulthood. This planning and goal setting has given me a contrast to what life as a kid is like and what life as an adult is like. It helped me grow up and generally be better prepared for a better tomorrow.

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  22. For the past few years of my life, the way I exercised was by walking. I would go on long walks everyday. With the fact I walked everyday, I never believed in myself that I could run. Anytime I had tried to run I absolutely hated it. I was not good at running whatsoever so I believed I could not run. I quickly began walking faster throughout my time of walking with doing two miles in a little under 30 minutes and I believed that was what was good for me. As the year of 2019 started, I knew I needed to change up what I did to exercise so I could stay happy and healthy. To make sure I stayed happy and healthy I set a goal for myself that I never in a million years would set.
    My new goal was to run two miles in a maximum of 20 minutes. I had to push through the fact I absolutely hated running so I could succeed with my goal. Everyday I began running two miles, well at least I did my best to run two miles. Some days I wanted to give up on myself but beating my goal became very important to me, therefore I needed to keep going. Running was very hard for me at first, and still is even hard sometimes for me now that I have been running for a few months. Running made me happier because I believed in myself to achieve my goal of running two miles in under 20 minutes. For a girl who hated running and barely ran in her whole life, I believe I did a good job at succeeding with my goal. I am proud that I succeeded in my goal and will never give up on myself. I can happily say that I am now a runner.

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  23. What is Depression?

    Depression is a mental health disorder that should be taken more seriously by our society. There are a lot of people who suffer from depression due to many different causes. One of the biggest causes of depression is society. I took an English course on the topic of gender where we discussed what gender means and how it can lead to depression. Society sets these norms when it comes to gender which forces people to be someone they aren’t. I read a powerful and heart-warming book, Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt, that I will never forget it it allows people to know they are not alone in society while also motivating people to live the life they want to live and not live the life society sets for them. The book discusses the hardships and sacrifices Nicole had to make during her transition from a male to a female. There are many people in society who are born a certain gender which they do not feel comfortable in but force themselves to stay that gender due to society which leads to an enormous amount of depression. When you live your life based on other peoples opinion you will not be happy in life thus increasing your likelihood of being depressed. This is idea is the same when we talk about masculinity and femininity. When you ask random members of society what it means to be masculine or feminine they will all pretty much have the same answers. A lot of people would say that in order to be masculine you cannot cry, you have to be tough which is why there is a lot of violence in the world that are typically caused by men. When it comes to femininity people would say that females more emotional, females are supposed to be the ones to stay home, clean, take care of the kids, and cook food, these are just a few examples. But society does not realize that these norms are causing people to become depressed and want to self-harm or take their lives away because they are not happy. This needs to be the topic of conversation. Depression is no joke and we as a society need to find away to help decrease the amount of depression in the world by showing more love and acceptance.

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  24. Everyone has different beliefs for goals. Some would say that it’s to keep us motivated or to strive to become better which I do agree with. I believe that the most important goal to me however, is the satisfaction when you think about the years before you. From time to time I would look back on the years and think about the events, the people that I’ve met, the choices I’ve made and etc. Sure there will always be times where you wished you could’ve done something differently, but in the end you’re still satisfied with the years behind you. Up until roughly five years ago, I’ve always been overweight. I was unhappy with the way I looked and the way it made me feel. After making the decision of just being more healthy about my choices in general and losing the weight I wanted to lose, has opened my eyes to the world of health and fitness. Sure in the beginning it was tough, however staying consistent and not choosing to give up was a great choice. I have often considered that decision to be the one that had the most impact on me. For me, I wish to be able to experience the satisfaction similar to the one I have already had. I want to be able to look back at the past and be happy about all the time that has gone by, all the things I’ve done and the choices that were made.

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    • I totally agree and I also live by appreciating everything I’ve worked hard for, and it certainly has improved my quality of life since I began thinking that way.

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  25. Having goals is pretty healthy. It sets you up for success in that you know what you’re aiming for and that you have something to work towards to. But the truth is, from my experience, merely having a goal won’t set you up for a healthy lifestyle nor would it reach you towards success. What I feel many people forget to realize is that you need to have realistic goals, as discouraging that may sound. Aiming to become a trillionaire from the end of this year starting with twenty bucks isn’t quite a realistic goal and is also demanding. Aiming to drop twenty pounds in a week is also quite unrealistic and very demanding. Bottom line is, these unrealistic goals tend to be very demanding. And honestly, if the goal you’re reaching towards is demanding, it isn’t worth it nor healthy and chances are you won’t like or enjoy the process in reaching that goal. This leads me to my belief: A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim for. I feel that this quoted belief has many truths to life. What we should take away from here is that we should not focus on the acquirement of said goal, but rather, focus on our steps in obtaining it, making sure it’s realistic, healthy, and obviously obtainable. It’s really the process of aiming towards your goal that matters. With that in mind, having big goals should be met with ample realism to ensure healthiness, realisticness, and the actual completion of the goal.

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  26. Goals are an important thing for everyone to have in their lives. Without goals one might end up not accomplishing anything that they could have. Even just setting small daily goals will drastically improve one’s productivity. Goals can be as big as necessary as well. Even if the goal is “too big” to be accomplished in a short amount of time, that doesn’t mean that the person should not set it. Setting that goal will make them work towards the goal even harder, so a task that was thought to take over a year to do could end up being finished in just a few months. Setting goals fuels one’s desire to complete the goals, because there is a sense of satisfaction in accomplishing a goal. One goal that I’m personally working towards is trying to decrease my carbon footprint and helping the environment. To help accomplish this I’ve done simple things like cut down on using my car and I’ve entirely stopped using plastic straws. But I’ve also done other things that have been harder for me to do, such as convincing my family members to recycle everything they possibly can. It definitely gives me a sense of satisfaction when I recycle something that could’ve been thrown in the garbage more conveniently. I don’t think I’m close to completing this goal, because there is always something more I could be doing, but I will keep working at it all my life, because it is my goal to preserve this amazing planet we live on.

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  27. I believe that forming goals is important in life. It does not matter if the goal is small or large. Goals are the things in life that push people to do better. They motivate people to keep perserveraning instead of just staying stagnate. I believe that it is very important to continuously setting new goals for yourself. They are a way to keep yourself on track instead of getting off course. In addition, they give you something to look forward to. Once you have accomplished a goal, set another to conquer. Somethings that go hand in hand with goals are self-confidence and motivation. A person needs self-confidence with goals so they believe that they are capable of completing the goals they set for themselves. Motivation is crucial for achieving goals because without it a person would not have the desire to reach the goal. Motivation helps a person successfully meet their goals, and gives them a better attitudes on them as well. I believe in creating small goals at first, and then little by little making them into bigger goals. I think smaller goals help myself form larger ones. In addition, people should set different types of goals for themselves. For example, everyone should set personal goals and career goals. They are just a way to make sure everyone is living up to their full potential.

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  28. I believe everyone has something in store for them in the future, whether it’s being a supermarket manager, a teacher, or a nurse. The desire to be somebody, one day, is always thriving in a person and will eventually be fulfilled. As we grow up we look to be known in the world, to make a difference and achieve, but as we get older things change, many things can happen in our lives that we can’t control and may affect our future goals. As future people in anything, we must have a mindset that will not stop our goals no matter the barricades that will surround us going further. I believe in powering out all the negativity and pushing towards the future.
    My goals are made for me personally to take the stress off my mind. I know that if I set something up for myself in the future I will eventually achieve it, whether it’s a few years or five. Setting a small goal at first can make improvements for the next. The belief you have in achieving that goal makes you stronger as a person and gets you more motivated to achieve what you’ve eventually been wanting to succeed in. The long term and permanent success that you succeed in will give you a glorious and uplifting feeling like no other. I can’t wait for the day all the goals I’ve always believed I could achieve are turned into a success. For now, I have a variety of things I can do to work towards achieving my goals and keeping a positive mindset of the future is one.

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  29. I believe that goals are the most important things a person can have in their life. Goals are essential in achieving your aspirations in life. They can range all the way from wanting to push yourself at practice and go that extra mile to owning a successful business, and everything in between. By setting goals for everything you do it allows you to always stay on track and never stray from what the end result you really want is. Without goals you would lack the motivation to get anything done in life, if you never planned ahead to be a varsity athlete by working for it, do you think you would automatically become one? But once you become that varsity athlete it doesn’t stop there, you need to set more goals in order to be the best on the field at all times. Not only are goals vital to our own well being and further growth in life but if the people who surround you see you pushing yourself and reaching new milestones and breaking boundaries while getting better, they will follow suit. This creates an effect that is vital in successful teamwork all throughout your life. Some goals may seem impossible to get, but once you finally get there it is the best feeling in the world. Goals are the things that will push you in your life and make you become the person you really want to be in life. Without goals, a person’s life has no direction and with no direction there will never be a clear path to success.

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  30. I believe that goals are the main drivers to a person’s success in life. The goals that a person sets for themselves determine who they are today. My personal goals that I set for myself gives me a purpose for who I am at this moment of my life. Goals serve as guides for people. Without them, where does a person go? I believe that by striving toward a goal, a person will feel accomplished and will constantly feel ambitious to shoot for something, despite the difficulties.

    Everyone has his or her own unique interests and passions for certain things. Some people’s goals may consist of making a sports team, making the honor roll, achieving a fitness goal, reaching a career goal or reaching a financial target. Some others may be to improve time management, productivity, creativity, personal resilience and self awareness. Goals are what make a person a unique individual. If every person had the same goals, life would become boring and tedious.

    The beauty of achieving a goal is establishing the steps that must be taken to accomplish it. Personally, I like to always have an agenda to keep myself organized. I like to have my days planned out so that I will be able to keep my priorities in line and feel as though I have been productive. I like to set a goal for each day of the week, no matter how small or big that goal may be. For example, a minor daily goal of mine may be to get all of my school work done early so that I will be able to relax for the rest of the night. A major goal of mine may be to achieve a fitness goal that I set for myself. By setting these goals for myself, I always have something to keep my mind focused on which will ultimately boost my self-confidence and self-worth.

    I believe that everyone should set goals for themselves to strive toward personal success. Be your own advocate. The only thing stopping you from achieving your goal is you. Establish a strict plan toward a goal and follow it.

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    • Arianna, I agree fully about what you said about organization!! When I look at my agenda, I reassure myself that I can achieve my goals because writing things down allows me to remain in a positive mindset. This was written very well and I like your organization!

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    • Arianna, you seem like such a goal-oriented person and you have the drive to get through the next four years of college. You have a plan for all your goals, no matter how big or small, and I hope you’ll be able to achieve all that you set your mind to. I loved your topic and you wrote a great belief statement!

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  31. My Dad and I were on our yearly visit to ireland when he told me something that has made me realize what my goals for the future are. And I think his story will be what will push me to never give up until I’ve done my family proud. My dad and I went to have a few pints because it was my first time being 18 while visiting. It was around 3 when we decided to call it a night. We ordered a taxi and as we were heading out of town my dad pointed out a statue, it was of a mother holding her child in one arm and waving to a loved one in the distance. He told me it represents the families that were broken because the men of the house had to move to America to send back money at a time when most of ireland was impoverished. He then tells me that my grandfather was one of those kids who would never see their father again. And at the age of 13 he was left to run the farm by himself to make sure his mom and him didn’t go hungry. His triumph over the monumental challenges life threw at him and then to raise a family of 9 which resulted in my comfortable and privileged life. My Grandfather’s resilience and inspired me to make this my goal in life, work to become something and to be a person who will help build a better future.

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  32. I believe that we live in a generation where people no longer strive to achieve the goals they desire. We have come to settle with excuses. “I want this job but I don’t want to spend more time in school.” “I want to join this team but I don’t want to give up my free time”. The new norm of our generation is giving up before we can face our failures or achievements. Therefore, we need to put this to an end.
    Goals are what give you passion, desire, the strength to fight through challenges and pass obstacles. We now need to learn that those extra years in school will be worth it, joining that team will be worth it. Many people will give up activities because they wonder “What will come out of it?”. We must now start asking ourselves “Will this lead me to my future goals?”.
    Personally, I have set many goals for myself. Through UMASS Dartmouth’s business program, I strive to become a local entrepreneur. I strive to get married, start a family, become successful, and live a happy life. I plan to achieve these milestones with goals I have set for myself. I refuse to let myself give up on school. I refuse to settle with anyone who does not make me happy. I refuse to accept a life where I would not be able to provide for my family. With these desires I have set before myself, I will not give up. With my goals set before me, I will conquer my obstacles and receive my rewards. I believe in goals, and I believe my goals will set me toward a bright and fulfilling future.

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  33. Goals are an important aspect of life for almost everyone, they help keep us motivate us to improve our lives and ourselves. However, many people are not taught how to set goals in a way which will insure that they achieve them and set more. Many people will set vague goals with no idea how to achieve them, which will make them frustrated and likely give up on them. For most people, there are two important standards to keep in mind when setting a goal for yourself. The first is to make sure your goal is clear and precise, that way you know what to do and when to do it. If you say “I will study for 30 minutes to an hour a night”, or “I will have a rough draft of my essay done by the end of the week”, you will be much more likely to do these tasks than if you said “I will study more”, or “I will start my essay this week”. The second thing is to keep your goals realistic, don’t make goals you don’t have the abilities to reach. It’s important to recognize what you are able to achieve and set goals which are within those boundaries. Of course it’s still important to try to achieve things which may seem difficult, and to move the boundaries of what you’re able to accomplish, but if instead of saying “I will have straight A’s in every class”, you say “I will try to improve my grade in this one class”, you will be more likely to reach that goal, and set more for the rest of your classes. By keeping these two standards in mind when planning your ambitions, you will more likely to grow and better yourself as a person.

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  34. I believe the “goals” we set for ourselves are the foundation of a fulfilling life. Goals can only exist if there are challenges that must first be overcome, and what enjoyment or purpose can one derive from life without such challenges? We all complain about our problems, but problems make our life truly real. I personally have cycled through goal after goal, and my not reaching such goals gives me something to think about and something to strive for throughout every single day. Such problems are both entertaining and rewarding, and setting goals to overcome them means living a life full of substance; full of personal accomplishment. Yes, goals are important – but it is the obstacles in their way that hold the most importance. For instance, imagine saving up for a house. Such a thing will take years of patience and discipline, but all we care about is getting that house in the end. Then, once we have that house (once we accomplish our goal) it becomes all too easy to take it for granted, and immediately move onto another goal without ever appreciating the effort we made. This makes our goals lose value, and seem unimportant now that they have come true. Instead, I continue to remind myself to understand the hard work behind something before casting it aside, and I encourage others to do the same. Let us not get so caught up in our goals that we lose appreciation for all the hard work it took to get there. Let us congratulate ourselves for a job well done, and take nothing we have accomplished for granted.

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  35. In my opinion, goals are what make the world revolve on a day to day basis. There are 7.5 billion people on this planet and I was lucky enough to live in the United States during the best time possible. My parents came to America to give me better opportunities than they had as they did not receive a formal education. My mom got divorced when I was very young so growing up with a single mother was very hard at times for both me and her but she always had hope. Her goal was to give us the chance to live the American dream and graduate from a university with a college degree and here I am trying to fulfill her and my goals. Financially we were in the lower class of society, so from a young age, I always looked for different ways to make the next dollar. My mom realized this when I was selling scented pencils and ducktape wallets in Elementary school or shoveled people’s driveways during the winter. Seeing my mom struggle made me want to make a change and it gave me a motive and goal every day to do better and accomplish my goals to hopefully make her life much easier one day. One thing that I never want to say is What If. Goals are not accomplished when you have what if statements. What If I didn’t I wasn’t lazy?, What If I just did it and didn’t wait until tomorrow?, What If I didn’t give up on my dreams? Regret, in my opinion, is the worst thing to happen to someone.

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  36. I believe that setting goals is the most important thing a person can do for themselves in their life. The reason I believe this is because when you are trying to achieve your goals you are the best version of yourself that you can be because you are constantly trying to improve. The only way you can set a goal is if you have a challenge to overcome and that’s why goals are so important to a healthy lifestyle because you are pushing yourself to get through those challenges and to better yourself as a person. You should set personal goals everyday and try and achieve each one of those goals everyday because it is the perfect motivation to make it through the day. This is another reason that goals are so important they motivate you to get up and try to get out of your comfort zone and explore new areas that you might not have before.

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  37. Goals are essential to life as we know it. Without an end goal, what is there to work towards in life? Men and women everywhere work hard to receive promotions, get paid well, and in the end, retire. The only problem with goals is that if you set them too high they can seem lofty and unattainable. Some people I know who have had all the work ethic and all the talent in the world just couldn’t complete some of their goals in life because they set the bar for the stars. That’s not to be completely pessimistic however. Goals keep us going. They give life purpose, and when you achieve a goal, you and those around you feel pride for your accomplishments, big or small. Goals take humility, strength, and a work ethic to achieve. On social media a few weeks ago, I stumbled across a post from a guy who weighed 600 lbs. He was making the post because he was dedicated to change and lose weight, and he said he was going to post updates so that he “follows through with something for once”. I started following him and cheering him on, and he’s already making great progress, and he seems so much happier. With every update I see him gaining a little more confidence in himself in succeeding, and that is such a large part of achieving a goal. Over-confidence can be fatal, but if you believe in yourself and put yourself on your own team, you’ve already fought half the battle. I’m not going to sit here and say that anything is possible if you believe, because sometimes, you need a little extra talent and intuition. However, goals are much more attainable if you have confidence that you will reach them and a work ethic to follow through.

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  38. Setting goals for yourself can be the most helpful way in guiding oneself to success. It doesn’t matter how small or big the goal is, it is about motivating yourself to be the best you can be. I believe that goals are a perfect way of getting motivation every single day to push toward success. Achieving short term goals can create motivation to want to work towards your long term goals. For example, achieving good grades in school can motivate you towards working harder in a career to succeed long term goals. Having a goal in life gives you control of your future and what you want it to be. Without setting goals in life people could feel lost and have no idea what their purpose is. They have no reason to want to work hard. I believe that setting goals have an affect and can create happiness when you picture yourself achieving that goal. And that affect pushes you to want to succeed at it. It drives us and keeps our minds engrossed into the aspect of what life would be like when the goal is reached and when it becomes a reality. Any goal and dream is possible. There is a way to achieve any goal in life as long as you put your mind to it and work towards it every single day. A quote I have always held on to is, “everything you want is waiting for you on the other side of consistency”. And I believe that when it comes to achieving your goals that consistency is one of the biggest challenges.

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  39. People dedicate their entire lives to achieving some sort of fulfilling goal which can cause many difficult challenges to develop along the way. Goals are a necessity to have throughout life because it gives your life meaning. No matter how arduous or absurd some goals may be, it is extremely important to be ambitious and keep pushing towards your goals in life. Many times life with throw you curveballs that make it much harder to achieve these goals and making them seem unreachable, but no matter what life throws at you or what people tell you, you have to keep pushing towards your goals. Your goals are made by yourself and should be achieved by yourself, help is always good but you shouldn’t just hold someone’s hand throughout the entire process because then you aren’t really achieving your goals, you’re achieving that other person’s goals as their shadow. Finding meaning in life and through your goals that you want to achieve also may take a while for them to impart. For me, my main goal in life is to become an actor, but I didn’t figure that out until my senior year of high school. For some people, it may even take their entire lives for them to establish their goals. Before I knew I wanted to be an actor, I believed I wanted to be a computer engineer, professional soccer player, astronaut, a paleontologist, and many others, but the main thing is that I didn’t let others get in the way of any of my goals. I believe that it is important for everyone to strive towards their goals in life without letting others corrupt this concept that may stop them from achieving their goals.

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  40. Goals are a critical tool that help achieve successful growth in many aspects of life. Any goal, whether it be short-term or long-term, allow us to progress towards becoming the person that we strive to be. These achievements motivate us to better ourselves as well as the people we influence. Staying motivated is something that many people struggle with in our day-to-day lives, especially when we are met with an obstacle that may seem to be impossible to overcome. This could be something like becoming stagnant in a position in the workplace or meeting a situation that throws you completely off track. Creating goals and being adamant to reach those milestones allows us to progress past them and get through those difficult moments or “obstacles” in life. If we go throughout our lives without setting any reasonable objectives for ourselves, we will eventually become discouraged and move away from what we truly aspire to become. That is not to say that you can’t dream big or have high expectations for yourself; it is to set stepping stones that will build you up to being able to reach your great ambitions. Being vocal about the accomplishments your pursuing to key influencers in your life will most definitely propel you closer and closer to your destination. By simply starting to set goals in your everyday life, and working towards completing them can tremendously change your mindset for the better.

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  41. “A goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person or a group of people envisions, plans and commits to achieve”. There are 3 main words to take away from the definition of goals; envisions, plans, and commits. People nowadays always talk about how they have to set a goal for something or plan on working towards a goal that they have. Many people don’t actually achieve there goal though. Most Likely they are not doing one or more of those 3 key things to achieve their goal. You need to first envision or come up with your actual goal. You need to specify what it is you are trying to accomplish. Then you need to plan how you will achieve that goal. Steps on how you will get to your end goal are very necessary. Lastly, commitment. Just following through with your plans isn’t going to work. You need to follow through to the best of your ability and then some if you want to achieve any goal that you set. After you achieve your goal you don’t want to just stop there either. You are going to want to create a new goal, something that will be even more difficult and more rewarding to keep yourself motivated in life.

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  42. Everyone in life has their own goals, whether it be a personal goal or a bigger world changing goal. Most people create goals at the beginning of the year, so they can have a certain track that they have set themselves on and they want to stay on. Some of those goals could be as little as smiling more, but they could also be something as big as trying to cut down the pollution that goes on in the world. I believe everyone’s goals in life add up into a world changing experience. Everything you do personally affects the world in a small way that can make a big difference. I believe people’s goals should help them better themselves and the people around them. It’s not always easy to reach your goal and you may become sidetracked but if you really want it, you will get back to it and reach it no matter how long it takes you. I believe we all have the chance to be able to reach our own goals whether it be big or small. If it’s something you really want to accomplish it can happen. People always worry about their goals being too “extreme” or “crazy”, but they are not. If you believe you can do it then you can no matter what people say. One of my goals that I have had ever since I was younger was to become a nurse, and since I have now been enrolled in the Nursing Program at Umass Dartmouth, I am working on to achieve my goal and I hope this goal will help better me as a person and help the people around me with whom I may come in contact with in the future.

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  43. As a child, music has always been one of my favorite things. Church has made me love music, especially when I am playing the drums. That’s when I developed a passion for music. My goal right now is to open my own studio. I have produced music before, for me and other people. I had a studio at my house in Lynn. I would record a lot of people while they rapped or sing. A few months ago, I moved out of Lynn to Leominster. That’s when I realized that the studio I had was going to be put to an end. Before I left, a lot of people told me I should open a studio. At first, the plan was for me to open a studio at my new house in Leominster. However, I realized that my new house was very far, therefore people wouldn’t really be able to come record at my studio. So I decided I should open my very own studio in Lynn. I realized that the city in which I come from ,Lynn, has numerous talented young people with no real place to record in. With that thought in mind, the idea of making a studio was born. First, I had to find a place that was convenient for all the artists in Lynn and was in my budget. I found a place that cost $600 a month. After that, I had to find people that would invest in my company. My parents, cousins, and friends told me they would invest in my goal. Lastly, I had to recruit artist that would pay to record at my studio. Once I accomplished all of that, I was able to start my plans for my studio. My dream turned into a goal and then a reality. This December, I will be opening one of the very first studios in Lynn for the young artists in the area.

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  44. High school was where my artistic passion was first ignited. In those four years, I took a wide variety of art classes that ranged in skill level and media type. The love I had for art expanded when I joined the art club, where members are able to either create individual pieces or work in a group on a larger project. We were also able to discuss each others’ works and offer opinions and advice. These factors merged and generated a real sense of community; one that welcomed different ideas and perspectives, and also shared my familiar love of art. The goal I had was shared by many members of the art community, to improve: improve our own techniques, as well as improve our understanding and appreciation of art throughout history. My desire to improve did not end when high school did. Instead, I decided I wanted to further improve my artistic skills and learn more in college. In college, I will have the ability to expand my horizons by taking art classes covering concepts that are new or unfamiliar to me, such as jewelry design or woodworking. By becoming an art history major, I will be able to study more about the different time periods that spawned works that have been admired throughout time. Once again, I will be able to communicate my viewpoints, and listen to those of my classmates’ and my teachers’. My belief is that there’s always room to learn more and improve, and my ultimate hope that I will continue to improve applies to both the execution of my artwork and my knowledge of art history.

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  45. How are goals Important?
    In my experience everyone has goals or dreams, things they want to achieve or obtain. For some it is winning gold medals or buying a Ferrari, for others its getting an A on a test or buying an Xbox. If everyone has goals, what makes them important? It is my belief that goals are not what are important, but what we do to achieve them. If your goal is to get a new job, but you don’t update your resume or apply for interviews, what was the importance of having a goal at all? The main point of goals is to have something to work towards, therefore without putting in work goals would be useless. If your goal truly is a new job, then you must put the work to obtain your goal. In this case, filling out applications, updating your resume, and going to interviews. After the hard work comes the reward, your new job. The key phrase being hard work, the key to achieving our goals. The importance of the goal of a new job was to keep your attention and effort focused on the thing that lead to being hired. This idea stands for all goals they keep you focused on the future and put meaning into your work. Taking this all into account, goals are important because they keep us moving forward and something to work towards and thus giving our work therefore live meaning.

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  46. Goals give us a sense of direction and in my personal opinion are a big part of life. A goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. As life goes on and people mature many of our goals begin to become our guides through life. Many times goals can determine whether or not a person succeeds or fails.
    A majority of my goals come from my experiences throughout my lifetime. Seeing certain individuals gain success made me want to go harder and attack every obstacle that may have been holding me back from where I was trying to go in life.
    I believe keeping your ideas to yourself can help you with fulfilling many goals. “Act as if you know nothing, and the world will tell you everything”. This is one of my favorite quotes. The more you act as if you don’t know, the more information will be handed to you so that you can perfect your craft and reach that goal. Knowledge is power and you need power in this world.
    If one has a goal there should also be a plan set to fulfill that goal to turn it into a reality because anything is possible in this era of time. The sky is the limit especially when we live in America which holds so many different opportunities no matter the color of your skin or where you come from. Having set goals in every aspect of your life can help you both mentally and physically. 

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  47. Goals.
    I believe that everyone in life has a goal but the true struggle is finding out what that goal actually is. There are an abundance of trials and errors in finding your true goal which causes the majority of people to quit their searches at an early age. I believe that sometimes you won’t understand your purpose in life until you truly experience what it means to live.
    Goals tend to fluctuate throughout many people’s lives. Some people make it a goal to be rich, some want to be famous, some focus on the little things like making it a goal to wake up on time for work. The thing about goals is that they are a self-seeking concept that many people fail to grasp. My goals may not correspond with your goals because of the differences when comparing our experiences in our lives.
    Another thing about goals is how there is a huge percentage of the world’s population who live life without having any. Due to constant errors and failures, they would very much be satisfied with leaving their goals unaccomplished. I would even say it’s a trend within the 21st century to constantly give up on your dreams and desires due to minor setbacks. I admit to following this trend from time to time but I realized that life is just a reaction to all your actions. If you continue to strive for greatness, you’ll surely be rewarded with greatness. If you decide to give up halfway, you’ll be stuck in an endless non-progressive loop until you do something about it. I encourage everyone to follow through with their goals because it can very much be your destiny.

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  48. No matter how big or small someones goal is, it gives us something to work towards. In my life setting goals has taught me to work hard and to achieve the things I want. When I was younger I would set little goals for myself like learning the alphabet or scoring in my recreational soccer games. Once I achieved these goals I had a sense of pride in myself. These small goals shaped the way I set my goals as I grew older.
    On August 5th 2012, my grandfather was admitted into the hospital for liver cancer. He was in and out of hospitals from August of 2012 to February of 2013. I would constantly be visiting and supporting him. I wanted to spend every moment I could with him. Each time I visited I would see the impact the nurses had on his life. Everyday I would see the nurses healing and caring for my best friend.
    As the years went on I would go along to his check up appointments and continued to see the nurses helping him. On one of his last check up appointments I told the nurse in the room that one day I was going to become a nurse in a hospital just like her. The help that the nurses provided is the reason why my grandfather is healthy today. I tell my grandfather all the time that my goal in life is to become a nurse so that I can help others in the way that the nurses helped him. When it came time to apply for colleges I knew that deciding on nursing was the perfect choice for me.

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  49. I believe that goals set expectations and motivate ourselves to do better in life. Whether it be a big goal such as gaining/losing a certain amount of weight in a period of time, or studying a little bit longer than usual for school; or a smaller goal such as making a new friend in class or waking up a little bit earlier in the morning. No matter what the goal is, every goal we have for ourselves is set to accomplish something bigger in life. For me, this summer my goal was to spend less money and save more. Throughout the summer I have been saving half of my checks every week for when classes start and I will be focused more on school and not able to work as much. My goal was to have a certain amount of money by August 28th, a week before classes begin. To keep myself motivated, I made saving more fun than it sounds. Instead of eating out often and going shopping every weekend, I would put aside half of my check into my bank account, and the other half in my room. With the left over money I would have at the end of the week, I would take any $1 bills and all change and put it into a bucket. It doesn’t sound like much, but in the end it helped me more than I would’ve imagined. I did not touch any of the money I put in the bucket, keeping in mind the goal I had for the end of summer, and how much money I would have saved by that time. Just a few days ago, the bucket was completely filled and almost overflowing with change, so I brought it to my bank and cashed it in to put in my bank account. I had already saved well over my initial goal from the beginning of the summer. For me, my goal will help me through the first semester at college when I won’t be able to work as often as I did this summer. However some goals are harder to accomplish than others, especially when it comes to spending money, however it is easier to follow through with them when the goal is something that will help you later in life.

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  50. A “goal” is a simple idea. It could be something you want or it could be something you need. Regardless, you do everything in your power to reach that goal. It may be difficult, it may take a very long time, but you work as hard as you can to reach it. Or that’s what we tell ourselves. Sometimes I feel we, as people sell ourselves short. We don’t try as hard as we could have and we’re left wondering “what if”. My grandparents life story remind me everyday why I need to work in order to achieve what I want in life. My grandparents came to America and quite literally lived out the American dream. They came to this country with nothing, started a business after saving up money they earned at a glass factory near where they lived, and ran that business well enough in order raise and take care of a family and on top of that, retire how and when they wanted to. Their stories of living on the farm in Yugoslavia, walking fifty miles throughout the week just to make it to school amazes me. It reminds me everyday that nothing is truly impossible. I can, and we all can achieve our goals if we believe and work for it. The story of my grandparents life is a shining example of what it truly means to set a goal, work for it, and reach it. Their example of hard work and relentlessness drive me to reach my goals and work for what I want in my life.

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  51. I believe people should fight for their goals or dreams. For example, being a president, having a car, or being an NBA player. I have a dream of becoming an NBA player since I was 14 years old. When someone asks me about my goals. I get nervous because I feel they would not believe if I would make it.

    During my freshman year of high school I was cut from the basketball team. From sophomore to junior year I chose not to tryout because I thought I was unprepared. When I was a senior year I had faith that I would make it. But then I was cut, again. I was frustrated and felt melancholy because I let an abundance of people down. After the tryout’s I went to Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Lawrence and started playing for their team. I help bring them to the semifinals and I was their starting point guard. After the game a couple of my friends asked me if I would tryout for the basketball team in college. Then I responded, “ Yeah, of course.” But they reacted with, “Yeah right.” Then I went home furious. I laid down on my bed and watched NBA players documentary.

    While I was watching the obstacles that NBA players faced. I learned that they used all the hate to motivate themselves to work harder even though how challenging it was. This conveys that people should use the negativity as a motive to try and achieve their goals.

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  52. Goals are an idea of your future or a desired result you want to reach. While others might see a goal as a mile marker I see goals as a way to lead a fulfilling life. My goals are tied to emotions. I want to live my life in fulfillment and joy. Growing up I lived in a small town, and I gave back to my community by volunteering. This act gave me fulfillment and happiness knowing I could help others. Whether it be children or elders. I knew that I wanted to feel that way for the rest of my life, and that is my goal. I have no end place of where I see myself, not in a big house with kids, or a doctor. I see myself as making choices and going places because it makes you happy not because it will get you from point A to B. I believe that life is full of small moments and you never know what is going to become important. So why not live everyday to the fullest and cherish every time you eat a pancake, or see a sunset. Do things that will bring you happiness, whether it be volunteering at senior centers, running marathons, sleeping sixteen hours straight, or traveling anywhere, and you will find that you can live a joyous life.

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  53. I believe setting goals for yourself is one of the best ways to stay motivated in life. I feel as though it is always important to have something to strive for, whether they are short term goals, long term goals, personal goals, financial goals, or anything you want to see in the future in order to better yourself in some sort of way. Their purpose is to help teach you to work for what you want, and to shed light on the fact that getting it may not always be easy. The hardest part is setting goals out of your comfort zone, because you cannot grow or develop when you’re comfortable. Facing challenges, no matter how difficult they may be, allows you prove to yourself that you are capable of more than you may think. For me, physically writing down my goals and continually reminding myself of what I want helps me to achieve them, while propelling me to work hard at whatever is at hand and to put in my best effort. That positive force that pushes you to earn your goals can act as a catalyst for your own personal development. The satisfying feeling of accomplishment after earning something that once seemed unreachable is enough for me to continue setting more goals for the future.

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    • Very well said Tessa! I can relate with setting goals outside the comfort zone. Probably one of the hardest things to do but it makes for the better of good.

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  54. Goals. It’s a word that is defined as achieving something you have set out to do. Whether these goals are large or small, people have always devised plans to achieve them. Goals are an important driving factor of human ambition, and if not for the goals of various influential figures across the years, many of the inventions, ideas, songs, and other achievements made over the years would not exist. Powerful figures of ancient and modern history alike had one thing in common. Whether referring to Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, or Elon Musk, you can be certain that these great men and women had goals set forth, and plans for reaching them. I believe that goals are extremely important. I believe this because of my own life experiences. When I was 14, only a freshman in high school, I made goals for myself in swimming. I grew to love the sport over freshman year, and when I had finally gone the times I was dreaming about only a year earlier, I was ecstatic. When recently this year I had been hired as a lifeguard for The New York State Parks Department, I was overjoyed again. These achievements were all founded on goals. But goals aren’t the only thing that drive you to become a better person. Hard work and dedication is also required to fulfill your dreams. But with those three forces used together, anything is possible.

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  55. Goals are made for people to put their minds to. No goal is too big that no one can achieve. I set goals for myself to show myself I can make it. If you believe you can do it then that goal will be achieved.

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  56. Goals are made for people to put their minds to. No goal is too big that no one can achieve. I set goals for myself to show myself I can make it. If you believe you can do it then that goal will be achieved. Many people set goals for school, work or life in general. Goals are meant to give people a reason not to give up easily. But to accomplish that goal to show yourself you believe that you are able to do it even if it’s not easy. I have always set goals in school. It made me work harder to show myself that I know it’s not easy to reach it but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to accomplish. Our goals sometimes tend to show us who we are. We set certain goals for ourselves to prove to parents, friends or yourself that I can do it even when you think you cannot. It’s amazing how many of us do accomplish our goals even if in the beginning we weren’t so sure that it would be possible to achieve it closely. Setting goals also give you motivation to do it. It helps you to organize your time and to show that you can make the most of your life. Goals give you the inspiration to aim for things you never thought would be possible. That goal could actually make you not let a bad grade or bad game ruin your day. It can motivate and inspire you that every failure is a step to success.

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  57. I believe that forming goals is important in life. It does not matter if the goal is small or large. Goals are the things in life that push people to do better. They motivate people to keep perserveraning instead of just staying stagnate. I believe that it is very important to continuously setting new goals for yourself. They are a way to keep yourself on track instead of getting off course. In addition, they give you something to look forward to. Once you have accomplished a goal, set another to conquer. Somethings that go hand in hand with goals are self-confidence and motivation. A person needs self-confidence with goals so they believe that they are capable of completing the goals they set for themselves. Motivation is crucial for achieving goals because without it a person would not have the desire to reach the goal. Motivation helps a person successfully meet their goals, and gives them a better attitudes on them as well. I believe in creating small goals at first, and then little by little making them into bigger goals. I think smaller goals help myself form larger ones. In addition, people should set different types of goals for themselves. For example, everyone should set personal goals and career goals. They are just a way to make sure everyone is living up to their full potential.

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  58. I believe there is never just one goal in life. They are more like checkpoints and the reason of these checkpoints is to keep the human body sane. Goals give us a reason to get up and actually do something with our lives other than nothing at all. Without it the world would never move on and we would never adapt as a society, things would always be the same. Goals may change or never be reached but in the end it is what keeps us happy.

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  59. Goals set paths for people. They make what you’re doing have purpose and make your work harder for it. You want to be able to push yourself and always strive for the best you can do. Everyone has different for their own lives that help to improve them and make life more enjoyable. Your goals could be for school, work, sports or saving money, it all depends on the person and what they are trying to accomplish. I believe everyone should make a couple goals they believe will help them for the better and your goals don’t have to be accomplished by next week they could be for a few years into your life depending on what you are trying to do. One of my big goals is to save for retirement because I believe not enough people my age start doing that at a young age and it catches up to you later in life. I can not accomplish my goal in a couple years it will take me a lifetime but it is a great thing to look forward to and a great mindset to keep me motivated. You should always keep your goal in the back of your head and work towards it any chance because it will only help you in the long run. If you start feeling that your goal or goals is to unrealistic one you begin ir aren’t able to achieve it over a bit of time you shouldn’t give up on it or yourself instead you should try changing your path to get to it. Try changing up what you are doing to achieve your goal because it’s only going to help you get closer to what you really want in life.

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  60. Summers for me are hard. I just kind of sit on my couch like a sweaty sack of meat, waiting for the next minute, hour, day, week, even month, to pass. It’s like an interruption in my programing because there is no real thing I feel that I can do to move forward. I feel little purpose in doing the same thing over and over again. I know there are things, albeit “boring,” that have to be done often, like the dishes or the laundry. These utilitarian activities drain my energy, but if I give myself a purpose they become much easier to get through. Doing the dishes right after they are used means I don’t have to scrub a whole sink full of crust on cheese sauce at 2 am.
    Being a natural procrastinator I need to set micro deadlines for myself well ahead of schedule. Preferably in nice bright inks on my whiteboard, little sticky notes on the fridge, and other such reminders. This is all done with a sense of purpose: Make your own life easier so you can spend more of your time pursuing things worthwhile.
    Outsiders looking in on my life will notice the ups and downs of my energy levels every day. I can be absolutely drained one minute, but elated and revved up the next. Through a lot of introspection I have found that I, personally, need a purpose; Something I can pour my energy into, that I can do for other people. During the school year is where I shine. I join clubs and do my best to be a cog in the machine. Help out others, study hard. I come alive when there is something I feel I should be doing. In high school, my hard work tended to pay off. I got to raise baby turtles, meet new people, experience things I never would have been able to otherwise and make incredible memories.
    My mom always told my sisters and me that everyone serves a purpose, even “bad” people. I pondered what she meant by “bad people serve a purpose” for a long time. Little me was like, “What does that even mean?! How do bad people help anyone?” After getting older I realized that you can’t find a flaw in a system without first attempting to exploit it. Okay, so even “bad guys” have a use. I guess that in a world where billions of people live and breathe every day, everyone has a purpose, no matter how small or backward it is.

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  61. I believe in following your dreams. Our dreams keep us motivated and what sets us on our specific path. Dreaming and inventing is what created everything we see. From the roads and highways, to google inc. I hear many of my friends talk about their dreams of being actors, singers, screenwriters, entrepreneurs, etc. Their parents deter them because it isn’t a guaranteed income. They want them to make decisions that are rational. I feel like that isn’t how we should go about our lives. We only have one chance to live with why not live how we want? Why not do what’s going to make us happy? Why try to please everyone and not be happy with ourselves? We should do what we’re passionate about. Even if it is more challenging to reach our goals, and if it doesn’t work out, who cares? At least we can look back and say we did all we could to make it happen. I have dreams of starting different companies, some people around me try to tell me they don’t think it’s possible. I always tell myself not to let those who don’t see the vision stop you from bringing it to life. Life is short, you never know when your time is up, why not follow your dreams while you can? I have seen many people leave this world wishing they would have done what they loved. I don’t want to regret anything and that’s why I’m fulfilling my dreams while I can.

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  62. I believe in fate. Wherever you are in life fate is there to guide you through every step, good or bad. Even though fate can bring one to some sad moments in life it makes one stronger and more mature. As for the happier moments in life, fate brings glorious memories that you will never forget. Memories that you can share with your future children and grandchildren. For me I started to believe in fate when I found out I was adopted. If I hadn’t been adopted I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have today or the loving people in my life that I get to call my family. My birth mom was only sixteen years old when she had me and her family did not have a steady income. Luckily a family friend of theirs knew my (now) aunts au pair. When my aunt got word that they wanted to put me up for adoption my mom got in contact as soon as possible. Next thing you know I was getting adopted at only 3 months old. Fate didn’t just lead me to a new family though, they brought me to another family. I’m still connected with my birth mom and I am so grateful that she can still witness me growing up. The opportunities I have now are incredible, from going to college to working for a huge corporation over the summer along with being exposed at such a young age about the LGBTQ community. Because of my mom I have grown into a young woman who is open to all sexualities and genders.

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  63. To persevere a goal is something almost everyone does. Why we persevere a goal is different for everyone. Some would rather give up than continue upon a difficult path. To persevere is to believe in oneself to complete a task that at the time may seem insurmountable. To know that even when the odds are stacked against you that you fight for the chance to overcome the seemingly impossible task. It is to show that even when everyone else things you will fail that so long as you continue you will be able to one day reach the goal that you so desire. That is not to say that you won’t fall and make mistakes in this journey just that no matter what happens that you keep on pursuing that goal. Changing your goal is not a bad thing it can just mean that you found something else that you wish to pursue. And while your goal may change over time so long as you truly believe in the goal it is something that will help you build yourself up and shape who you are. And when you reach that goal there is a feeling of true elation knowing that you did something people never thought you would be able to do.

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  64. Goals have always been a source of motivation for me. Whether it be getting through my shift at work by making each task that I am in charge of a checkpoint or learning Italian. This allows me to stay on task, and I receive a feeling of accomplishment each time I finish a duty. Also some goals I have had in the past are long term, such as getting consistent grades in school. I use a similar method each time I set a new goal. I stick to it despite the difficulties it brings and I make sure I am doing everything I can do to ensure that I reach my goal with flying colors. Although its easy to forget about the goals you have already completed, that sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching a goal inspires me to chase my dreams. Its a rewarding system that makes arduous tasks easier. A goal I had as a freshman in high school was to make the basketball team. This proved to be really difficult for me because a month before the tryout I had broken my foot. By the time the try out came I was still on crutches, I was still really motivated to play so I asked the coach if I could tryout the next week when I healed. I was not as conditioned to play basketball as I hoped I’d be, so I couldn’t play to my full potential. I tried my hardest and despite the injury, I made the team. This was really rewarding. I learned how to stay on track with my goals through this experience, and that’s why I continue to set goals for myself.

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  65. Everyone should have a goal if they have a dream. That’s my personal opinion, and I mean it, as setting goals metaphorically leaves a bread crumb trail to your success. Completing, or following each one of these goals eventually propels you to a greater level of skill, for the career of your dreams. Goals are checkpoints, with every checkpoint being something you need to achieve in order to better yourself. Nobody goes straight through their life as a perfect prodigy, as only improvement will get them there. As an animation major, I personally have set my own personal goals to better myself for my career, as I have weak points I’ve acknowledged. Some of these checkpoints include drawing better characters, getting the hang of skillfully sketching art, and learning how to easily and efficiently make every frame to an animation. With these practicing goals of mine being worked on, I believe I’ll succeed and reach my final goal of becoming a professional animator. To get better at anything, make that breadcrumb trail and get to work!

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  66. I believe goals are very important due to the extreme judgement and competition in todays society. If an individual can set their own goals then they can complete and process things at their own pace setting them up for better success. By setting your own goal you have the ability to use your imagination and all other resources to create and accomplish anything and everything. By fulfilling one goals they gain confidence, self-esteem, a feeling of accomplishment and much more. This can allow someone to thrive and put themselves more out there. By accomplishing their own goals they can get more done and feel better about it due to the little competition. In addition, you can allow the goals to vary from dreams to small projects. By making big goals people are able to accomplish many things within their lifetime allowing them to have fulfilled their wants and desires. Through goals, an individual cane strive and grow in so many ways allowing for more opportunities.

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  67. Goals are versatile. As intricate as they are, goals are a universal plan that can determine an individual’s future. Rightfully so, these goals can be influenced. Age, social media, and role models are the many ways that can encourage it. When I think about goals, I think of process – How am I going to get there? What I need to do to get there? What are potential resources? As small or as big goals can be, it is a very enlightening experience. It is very common for plans to be adjusted or changed throughout time. I can say for myself that my goals have changed quite often over the past few years. From wanting to be a singer, veterinarian, ballerina, biologist, even a rockette, my life has taken many different paths. Have I potentially found that right path yet? Not exactly.
    There has been multiple experiences of me finding my path, experimenting with it, and finally facing reality as I have gotten older. Many setbacks has hit me numerous times during my high school year. Going to an art school has placed me on a certain pedestal that changed my life and being a dancer has also been an influence. It was never fun having to force myself into doing something that I have gotten critiqued about almost everyday, some good some bad. I have always beaten myself down because I believed that I was never good enough. But I had to give in because if not, I was only hurting and jeopardizing my future.
    My sophomore year was my most difficult year yet. It was my breaking point and I ultimately wanted to give up dancing for good. But at the same time, the only person that I was hurting was myself and I knew that giving up was a route towards failure. Even though dance has impacted my life drastically, it also made me realize that it was most important to accept myself. Having the ability to express myself through dance has made me forget the real world. It was like I have fallen into a different dimension. Performing and showing my talent to hundreds and thousands of people made me realize that people do care. I have continued my dance journey all the way through my senior year. I was proud of myself because I have never thought that my sophomore self would make it through to the end. My goal of wanting to be a professional dancer has since been adjusted a lot I should say. But the fact of the matter is that no matter which way life is headed. I know I am willing to follow what my heart says. I have one ultimate goal and that goal is to finish what I have started no matter the circumstances.

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  68. In today’s Information Age social media platforms are utilized and viewed by society more than they have ever been. This technological advancement allows for the democratization of opinions on an innumerably vast scale of topics and trivial modern day occurrences. Now how does this relate to my goal you say? For you I have a cunning retort. As an 18 year old black male, I noticed that more often than not people’s posts were more than just frivolous commentary. In fact, these posts were viewed by me as a testament to the intellect (or lack thereof) of said poster. People aren’t just posting countless pictures of their faces or lavish lifestyles everyday because they are happy. They are simply trying to keep up and not get lost in the wind. Portraying an enticing image to attain validation and a sense of fulfillment inorganically. I noticed that these people were not goal oriented. Or at least the people in my area that I’d see post every single day. I realized that these people so desperately needed celebrity to fill a void that was meant to be filled by a passion. Everyone wants to be rich and famous but drinking, smoking, and letting your mind be shaped by the hedonistic values of an internet culture that quells free thought and creative expression is anything but conducive to providing an opulent future or one that inspires growth and change. I chose to take the more lucrative route for both mind body and soul. I chose the path of being an individual. One with a purpose beyond material things. Beyond wanting to make others envy me. And my goal is to find an outlet to convey these ideas to help others ascend from emotional turmoil induced by social media or whatever other societal or mental barriers they may experience. Thanks for reading :).

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    • I loved your little excerpt on goals! I thought your word choice and linguistic choices were great and offered a great deal of Ethos to your writing. Your ideas on social media changing us from a goal oriented society to a more validation oriented society were compelling. A truly wonderful piece of writing!

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  69. I believe setting goals gives me both long and short term motivation. This gives me the confidence to achieve higher and even more complex goals. By having them set in place I feel as though I worked harder to achieve them. To succeed, goals are one of the many key factors involved. I have set many goals for myself, some which have been achieved while others are still being worked on. One of my goals is to become better in mathematics since it isn’t my strong suit, but with time and dedication I will be able to accomplish it once and for all.You can obtain anything if you put hard work and dedication into it. As well as not giving up no matter what obstacle you are facing.
    An example of this was graduating high school. At the time I was pretty nervous at first since in English we had to do what was called a “Senior Project”. This involved many hours of writing a paper which needed to be fourteen pages long and it took a long time. As well as creating a power point to present to all the classes of English 12. After presenting I felt relieved that it was finally over and that one of my long term goals at the time was finally completed.
    No matter what your goal is you can do it! Strive for it and don’t let yourself be set back by challenges or give up because anything you want to achieve can be completed.

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  70. I believe that I would not be here today without the goals that I have set for myself and that I have gone on to achieve as I have grown throughout my childhood and on into my young adult years. Over the years I have set goals for myself to help push me to be the best that I can be every single day of my life. Throughout the years though there have been times that I have wanted to quit and give up. However, with the goals that I have set for myself I quickly realized that it was simply not the answer, I could not quit on the goals that I so desperately wished to achieve. At that point, I realized that no one else could truly hold me back except myself and I decided to no longer enable myself to do that. Without the goals of self-determination, hard work, dedication and compassion I would have never been able to be the person that I am today. I believe that these goals have built me into a strong and independent person without having to rely on others to build my character and personality. I believe that these goals have also taught me numerous lessons about the world and society that I do not know what I would do without. By pursuing my goals I have grown beyond any expectations of myself and I do not know where I would possibly be without the goals that have built me.

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  71. I believe that setting goals are very important for success in life. If you do not have any goals it can become hard to stay on task or finish something. Life is pointless without a guide and goals can help with that purpose. Setting goals is important even if they are short term. If you set short term goals they can help you get through repetitive daily tasks. Long term goals allow for you to keep on task and provide something to look forward to in the future. I believe that I would not be here if I did not set goals for myself. I find it very easy to get off task and I procrastinate with everything. My goals allow me to focus on what I am doing in the moment and think of the benefits of what I am doing. Setting goals allows for a feeling of accomplishment once met and can be the driving force of daily life. Goals are what help me get through a shift at work or homework assignment. Even though some goals can be harder than others the satisfaction knowing that you have completed it is worth it.

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  72. I believe the process of setting goals and then meeting them is a very fulfilling one that we humans thrive off of. Setting the goals puts into perspective what we want to accomplish. The attempt whether a success or failure teaches us a lot. We seek to gain a lot from these goals. One of my personal goals is that I want to graduate college and get a job that aligns with my studies. This is a difficult goal and one that is many years down the line but its the setting of the goal in the first place that gives me a clear motivation for what im doing. This is a long term goal that I have set for myself. It is different than the short term goals that one may set for themselves. Short term goals are goals that can be met or attempted in the relatively short future ahead of you. Setting goals is very important for the unorganized of us. I am among one of those people and unless I have an organized schedule I don’t perform as well. Overall setting goals is a very important part of staying organized and being successful in life.

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  73. Achieving your goals is what defines success in your personal life. Whether it be learning something new, making new friends, or trying to live a healthier life; goals lay the foundation for future expectations. Every goal, long or short term, begins with a single step in changing something you do in your everyday life in order to achieve your ambitions. For example, if you want to lose weight, planning to eat healthier and going to the gym more is an effective strategy for approaching your goal on a day to day basis. This method of planning your future is most effective in reaching your goals when paired with hard work, patience, and dedication. It’s important to understand that nothing comes without effort in life, and that it’s only through perseverance in overcoming obstacles in which personal success is achieved. This was tested in me when I first decided I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. From the perspective of someone who’s never seriously played any musical instrument at the time, this was extremely difficult. Not only did I have no idea how to strum, pick or play any chord, but I also had little to no prior knowledge on basic music theory. Regardless, I decided that I was going to make a plan to learn and remember a couple of chords each day, and practice learning concepts of rhythm, melody, and harmony until I had a basic understanding of how to play songs, and read music. Although the first few months were filled with blistered fingers and bad notes, I gradually overcame my shortcomings through repetition and effort, and can now say that I’m one step closer to becoming the guitarist that I’ve dreamed of. I believe that with goals, effort, and the right mindset, anyone has the capabilities to do anything they set their mind to.

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    • I really like the way you explain how it is important to try your best to accomplish your goals in life. Also, your story, there’s always going to be obstacles through out any journey.

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  74. I believe that goals are something that everyone should take the time to think about and plan ahead of time. Many successful individuals use goals to plan ahead and to make sure they are making steady progress. Goals can either be short or long term with both being equal in value. Long term goals are typically something that is worked on for a long period of time and are achievable after a few years. Some personal long term goals of mine are to graduate college and to improve my skateboarding abilities. I know that these goals are far into the future but it requires proper planning and preparation to make sure I can succeed. Long term goals also go hand in hand with short term goals. Short term goals are goals that can be achieved in the near future. Without successfully completing short term goals, long term goals can become further out of reach. Some short term goals of mine are to find a safe and comfortable community at school and to complete my work on a proper schedule. With the completion of these short term goals I will be on track to completing my long term goals. I know that with my personality and how I work that I need to set goals for myself so I can be sure to stay on track. A positive with setting short term goals is feeling a sense of accomplishment on the way to your ultimate achievement. Tracking and marking your progress on your goals is necessary for a successful future.

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    • Luke,
      I agree! I think that the use of goals as a motivator can totally be taken for granted sometimes. This made me realize I need to set more goals. Well written!

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    • I’m so glad I read this! Honestly, most of the time I get so focused with my long term goal which makes me face a lot of difficulties. It’s nice to read this and get a reminder that long term goals come with short term goals that help make goals easier to achieve and feel the sense of accomplishment in a way.

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    • I’m so glad that I read this! Sometimes I just get so focused with my long term goals that I face so much difficulty and get stressed out easily. It’s nice to get a reminder that long term goals come with short term goals that can help organize things better and still get the sense of accomplishment you just mentioned.

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  75. Everybody has goals, no matter how big or small. Goals are what make people do what they do everyday. Whether it be a goal of getting a better education, a goal of saving up for a new car, or a goal of losing weight, we all have goals. They can be long term goals like paying off a house, or short term like making through a long class. So no matter what kind of goal it is, it is still something that you work at to achieve. Without setting a goal for yourself, you aren’t going to accomplish anything. And the harder the goal may seem, the more rewarding it may be.

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  76. Throughout my life, I have found that without something to work towards I become unmotivated and uninterested in what I’m doing. This led to struggling academically in subjects that I was not passionate about because I felt as if there was nothing to work towards. As I progressed through school I started to realize that while I may not see the merits of a class in the moment it’s likely that I will in the future. I found it useful to apply this way of thinking to other aspects of my life as well. While before I would find it difficult to start or complete certain projects or assignments I can now make it a goal for myself and easily have the motivation to complete it. Making goals for myself has also helped me stay organized and be less forgetful. Whenever I need to do something I write it down as a goal that needs to be reached. Without this method, I would struggle to get anything done or remember any important event or assignment. I often wish that I would’ve realized this sooner as I may have been more academically successful earlier on so that I may have potentially retained more from high school. I am however glad that I feel confident in my ability to motivate myself and keep organized as I’ve heard those can be more difficult in college. I’m hoping to maintain my organization and motivation as I begin college and perhaps improve both as I learn.

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  77. I believe the way to achieve what you want is to set goals. You can reach your long term goals by setting short term goals. The difference between them is one, short term goals, you can reach in a day or less and long term is what you can reach over a period of time. The reason to create them is so that we have something to work for. You have something you want to achieve and will stop at nothing until you do that. Goals have helped me when I did not know where I should be leading myself into. I asked myself what do I want to achieve? What do I see myself doing in the future? What can I work towards at the moment? With this I would set up little steps on how I could reach my main goal so that I had something to work for. Goals are a way of keeping everyone on track. There can be important big ones such as being rich in the future or little ones such as a workout at the gym today. Everyone has something they are working towards and the satisfaction and pride we get after reaching what we want is worth the hard work that it took to get what we desire. As long as we have something that we are working towards we will feel the need to be hard working and the fulfillment we get at the end is enough to push us to make another goal and work to reach it again.

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    • Mecryline, I love the way you view goals in your life, and I feel the same way. To me, goals are about striving to achieve a greater triumph than your last, in ways big and small. Goals provide motivation for the future and I relate to your view on this topic. Goals are especially important in college and I’m sure you have many goals of your own for college and beyond.

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  78. Goals are a reflection of what somebody wants to achieve at some point in the future. Goals can be small, easy and achievable very quickly, like making yourself food when you’re hungry, or they can be ambitious, difficult and long term, like wanting to have a family. Small goals can be achieved in one go and be completed without much forethought, but longer term goals require small actions to add up to a large sum of results. Maybe your goal is to get a college degree. You can’t wake up one day and go out and get one, it takes years of smaller tasks such as applying and getting accepted to a school, going to class, studying, passing tests and so on to get a degree. Long term goals can be hard to achieve because there are far more variables and courses of action involved in achieving a long term goal than a short term goal, even if the individual steps you take are of the same difficulty, even though they often are more difficult. Also, long term goals require commitment and sacrifices that may not be instantly rewarding. Going to the gym one time a certain day is a step that can be taken to achieve a goal of getting stronger, but it takes a lot of gym sessions to see the results, and each time you go, you feel the pain and exhaustion of working out hard. Many people, including myself struggle to make headway towards achieving long term goals because of this. Does not doing your homework or studying once do much? And if you skip it once, will the effect be that bad? Maybe not, but repeating that habit will show bad results in the long term because of the sum of all of the parts added. I’m my experience, making habits of productive behavior have proven themselves to have very profound positive results, eventhough one day you may not be feeling it, if you make a habit of doing something, it feels less taxing than if doing something productive towards a goal is the exception, not the rule. It’s important that to build good habits, you help yourself in every way, and take small actions that will allow you to better yourself in the long term, because building a habit makes it easier to do said thing on s regular basis, whether that thing is good or bad.

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  79. For me goals are essential. They give me a marker to work towards, and help quell a lot of anxiety that comes with the unknown. Goals help give me direction and guidance when I’m not sure what to do.

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