90 thoughts on “Goals

  1. When it comes to setting a goal, to me, that goal is being set for a reason, quite obviously. That goal then gets followed and then completed; this is its progress for a reason. Lastly, when it is done, so were our incentives to complete it; we aimed for its completion, again, for a reason. Whatever that reason may be, its outcome can come from many different influences and they target their respective demands upon its completion or progress. The point I’m making here is that whatever we do, we do for a reason. Therefore, any decision is crucial for determining the outcomes, and how they are made are to be based on our actions and efforts advocating towards them. The direction we choose to go in our lives is directed by how we choose to go about it; the effort we put in in to respect to the goals is where we will go. I would like to bring up a sportsmanship example: each team is a decision, to win by putting in the effort to do so, or not. In this case, the perceived victory is destined by their efforts, if they win. If they lose, they still tried because they were still aiming to win. If they didn’t try nor respect, where’s that time going ultimately? The time and effort we put in is intended for a positive purpose. That’s the power of dedication. Our future is simply something that’s destined from the actions we make now.

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    • I believe that if one really looks into the saying, “it’s the thought that counts,” they can interpret it as a motto. I believe that one’s own thoughts and thought processes really matter most in life. These thoughts and thought processes can affect your mental health as well. For example, if people were to think that they are worthless, they typically don’t apply themselves with the tools for success. When people do not apply themselves, they prove to themselves that they are worthless, as they had previously thought. The entire process is a downward spiral of sorts. However, if people were to think that they are the best at everything, they would act conceited and continuously put themselves above others. I believe that if one doesn’t think that they are capable, they simply won’t do the task and proving, in turn, that it is the thought that counts. When you think someone is a nice person you treat them kinder and perceive more of their actions in a positive way and the same is true the other way around.
      In psychology, there is a concept called “mind over matter.” If a person thinks they will do well and succeed, they tend to do so. However, if a person approaches a task believing that they will fail, they are likely to perform poorly. Furthermore, there is also the psychological concept of the placebo effect. It can be demonstrated simply through experimental drug trials. In these trials, some of the people get the actual drug, while others get a sugar pill. The key to the placebo effect is for the person partaking in the experiment is to fully believe that the desired effects of the drug will happen to them. In some of these trials, there are documented cases in which people who have taken a sugar pill have had had the desired effect of the trial happen to them, simply because they fully believed it would.
      Finally, there is the traditional way to interpret the saying. If someone were to get a gift from someone they love, they tend to like and appreciate it, even if the gift is not what they needed or wanted or even was a and item they already had. This is because, in the end, most people know that the thought that was put into selecting the gift and the thought is what truly counts. I fully believe in the saying, “it’s the thought that counts.”

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    • What I strongly believe in, is to never give up. Anywhere you go you must learn and prepare yourself so you can be ready for any obstacle that takes place in the future.
      When I started high school I faced the problems of not knowing and understanding the material that my teachers provided me with. But I soon realized that putting more concentration in my work, it gave me more of a interest. This inspired me to keep on reaching my goals.
      Many people told me that graduating would be hard for me because I did not understand some of the materials in my classes.
      Instead of being upset about these comments, it motivated me to study harder and to get good grades. My goal was then to graduate from high school and prove them wrong.
      My counselor helped and guided me to stay focused, he informed me that the harder I worked and the more I focused the better I knew I was preparing myself to never settle for less. Most importantly my counselor made me realize the importance of working hard. My family also had a large part in my achievements in high school and continues to be a source of motivation in my achievements while attending college. I am the only child in my family and the second to graduate from high school and to attend college.
      This is another thing that motivates me to continue my education through college. I want to make my parents proud of me and the way I can do this is to improve my life, by having more opportunities to get better jobs in the near future. Because of me doing such a good job, I also encourage my parents to go back to school. Education is very important for my future! You can’t achieve your goal without putting in the effort and growing from your mistakes.

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    • I have always loved to set goals for myself. I have improved vastly in my life but I still have a lot more work to do. These goals are important because they act as motivation for one to strive for greatness, in whatever aspect of life they so choose. Goals give you something to strive for so one can come out as a better person. For example, I was really shy and introverted as a child. I didn’t possess the ability to interact with other people. I will admit that his was the one thing I would change from my childhood if I could. I know that isn’t possible, so I strive to always be a better version of myself every single day. I realized my struggles and I set goals to become a more extroverted person. I would challenge myself to strike up a conversation with a random person I saw on the street just to improve my social skills. I put myself out there and met new people, something I never would have done as a child. I believe these goals I set for myself molded me into the person I am today.Right now, if u saw me in person you wouldn’t believe that I used to be that quiet. Sure, I’m a little reserved when I meet somebody new, but once I get to know them, I start to branch out and use my newfound outgoing and charismatic personality traits, the ones I developed a few years ago. One would not believe I used to be that quiet if they saw how I acted now. In conclusion, I am no stranger to setting goals for myself, because like anybody else, I am not perfect. I accept this and strive to always get better in every facet of life I desire. I hope my obsession with setting goals and improving constantly helps me out in my endeavors as an incoming student at UMass Dartmouth.

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  2. When I entered high school I never expected to find a subject that not only I fell in love with, but one that would shape who I am as a person and what I believe.
    As a sophomore on the first day of school, I entered an American Sign Language I class. Sitting in the class for only that day I had been bored, filing out some paperwork that we were okay with taking videos of ourselves and watching a history video on the language. The second day of class we learned how to sign letters and make words (we also learned cool things like if you have a double letter what to do and how to recognize what a word is even if you don’t catch every letter). The end of that week I met his mom, who was deaf, and signed my name to her. I knew that after that, the Deaf community was where I was meant to be.
    Flash-forward to the beginning of senior year and I’m working alongside my ASL teacher and two other girls to create an independent study. The four of us would talk about what more we wanted to learn, what would be helpful in certain situations, and more cultural aspects of the language. While I was taking this class I was heavily encouraged to find a way to get more involved with the Deaf community (same for the other girls), and I ended up writing to Rhode Island School for the Deaf to see if they needed any volunteers. The librarian, Chris, had only been working there for around a year and needed help changing the library to her standards of organization. So, from January to May, Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays I would leave my last period class to go help. While I was there I got to learn about the unique ways they encourage reading, like spoken English story time for the Hard of Hearing kids, and ASL story time. I got to communicate with Deaf people of all ages while I was there, and I started going on Fridays to help the Kindergarten students in the art room.
    Seeing how much the Deaf community and the want of ASL has impacted me has heavily influenced me to want to become an interpreter for the language. My goal is be doing what I love in an environment I love, while continuing to learn about the culture, and help to create an impact on others.

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  3. Throughout my life I was told “if you do not set goals, you will not accomplish anything”. As a child you aren’t expected of much, but for me my childhood was unconventional to say the least. Having not one, but two absent parents I was never taught or showed what my life would evolve to without a plan in place. Being taken into foster care, my foster parents showed me that goals were milestones and gateways to more goals and accomplishments. I was also taught that my siblings would see this, and take after me. I set a goal to thrive in school, and go onto college. I achieved that as being accepted to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. My younger sister seeing that as a long term goal of mine, is now considering to continue her education. My goals have set me on a better path, and have inspired me to do more with my life. Not only does it motivate you to complete that goal, but to continue the grow the goal and achieve more. After getting accepted to the University, it opened so many opportunities for me. I continued to think of ways to better myself and my education. Goals to me have helped me be a better person, and give me the responsibility and structure I didn’t receive as a child. As a foster kid, I have spoken on my events and recollections of my upbringing and explained how I began to thrive. Without goals I would not be in the position I am today.

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    • I similarly can relate. I became very independent on my own from an early age and with that came my own ambitions and goals I wanted to achieve. This followed me into high school where I exercised the same drive to do all in my power to set a clear path of success. Setting goals has been like a road map for me, showing me how much I have matured and how much closer I am getting to my ideal place in life.

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  4. I believe it is important for everyone to have a goal in life. It may be as simple as getting through the week or passing a class but everyone should have a sense of control in their lives. I set my expectations high and my goals even higher with a strong belief in myself that I can accomplish anything that comes my way. To me there is nothing greater than the feeling of accomplishment. I set small goals for myself such as getting through the week of a test so I can still feel the sense of accomplishment and boost my motivation for the next obstacle in my life.

    My long term life goal is to become a trauma surgeon which involves a lot of hard work and dedication. Everything I do revolves around this goal of mine including, volunteer work, my class schedule and my studying. When I feel like not studying or doing homework I remember that this is all for a purpose and one day I will be proud of myself for doing all the hard work. Having a goal helps me get through the more difficult, less fun work I have to do to reach my goal. It is important to me to one day help save a life and I just look forward to that feeling of accomplishment. I must continue to keep pushing through everyday obstacles to make my dream come true and I hope others do too.

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    • Great post! I agree that goals are very important to have. Without them, we wouldn’t bet the proactive people we are today. We wouldn’t have the desire to do something greater for ourselves or society. As well as have the perseverance to conquer a challenge in our lives. If I didn’t have any goals, I certainly wouldn’t be here. However, I have many and luckily I’m here at Umass D. to pursue some of them. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Everyone has a goal in life, even if it’s not at the moment you will have a goal that you would want to achieve sooner or later. It could be a short-term goal which can be something you want to do in the near future resulting in it being later today, this week, this month, or even this year. Basically, something you want to accomplish soon. It also can be a long-term goal which is something you want to do in the future. Basically, anything beyond one year is considered a long-term goal. But long-term goals are important for a successful career or anything in life that will make you happy. Long-term goals require planning and time.
    For me, I had a goal that would take me four years to accomplish. The task was important because my father didn’t do it. It meant a lot to me and that goal was graduating high school. My father dropped out his junior year and he regrets it, as his son it motivated me to do better and surpass that. My long-term goal is to become a computer engineer, which I know will take a lot of dedication, hard work and focus to complete. But I know it’ll pay off, I know there’s going to be a lot of assignments and requirements to get through but I’m sure I’ll get through it with the thought of my father. Just like in high school my goal kept me responsible and on the right path, I just have to do the same thing I did in High School but a little different because I’m in college now.

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  6. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” This quote by Ayn Rand inspires me to keep trying to accomplish my goals that I have in life, knowing that no one will stop me, unless its myself. I have many goals as a student and long term goals that will ensure my future success.
    My Career goals are to start and finish college and to pursue a career in Graphic Design. The type of job I want is one that requires a great amount of creativity and eye for detail. A graphic designer creates and works with a wide variety of mediums such as new papers, books, websites, sketches, advertisement, computer games, product packaging, and creates visual concepts by hand or by computer to meet the needs of the client. I choose this career path because I have always been more on the creative side and thought differently than other people. Creating my own art pieces has always been something I’ve enjoyed doing.
    My life goal is to visit all 50 states. When I was younger and till this day, my family and I traveled every year. This has inspired me into making this my life goal. I want to travel either all by myself or with a group with people. Since college is coming, it’s going to be difficult to have money to travel to all these places, so I considered achieving this goal once I’m out of college, have a job, and feel stable. I don’t want to go to one place then go back home, I would enjoy going to one place stay there and once I’m satisfied with what I have experienced, then I would jump into another state and keep moving and not return home until I have finished visiting every state. I have also made it my goal is create an art piece at every location and later on, once I’m home, I would publish them.
    A career in Graphic Design is something I would enjoy doing very much. I know no one will stop me from achieving these goals. I know I will have the help of my family to continue my path and obtain what life has to offer.

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    • Amazing piece! I believe that with your artistic abilities and the skills you will gain through your major, you will achieve your dreams. You are also very right that no one can stop you but yourself from striving to reach your goals, and I have pure confidence that you will be successful in your future endeavors! Traveling is personal favorite hobby of mine as well too, and think that creating something at every location you visit is so cool. Never stop chasing your dreams!

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  7. All throughout high school I have been setting goals for myself, and it has become a very important part of my life and how I have learned more about myself. Being a part of my school’s dance team played a huge role in teaching me how to achieve my individual goals and continue to grow even when I failed. It took me a long time to move up to the varsity team, but that experience made me realize the importance of hard work and it is okay to fail sometimes. I used to think that failure was the end of achieving what you really wanted, but now I believe it only makes you stronger and shows you all the amazing qualities about yourself you never knew you had.
    When it came time for applying to colleges senior year, I learned even more about setting goals and not letting rejection set you back. I have wanted to be a nurse for a while, but applying made me extremely nervous because of how competitive it is to get in. I applied to twelve schools and I got into most of them, but I only got into two Nursing programs. The rest of the schools I was either wait listed or deferred from Nursing. Two is better than none, but I wasn’t content with the schools I got into Nursing with, and knew it was going to be even harder to try and transfer into the program at the other schools. So I began getting in touch with many admissions counselors and tried my best to see what my options were and if there were any last minute things I could do to make more schools reconsider my admission into the program I really dreamed of. Luckily the Director of Admissions at Umass Dartmouth, Hanan Khamis, seemed to be the only person who understood how badly I wanted to be accepted into the Nursing program and that I was willing to work for it. She told me if I took the ACT and got a certain score they would reconsider me. I made the goal to try my hardest on the test and put faith into myself that I could get what I needed, and I did. My ACT score was high enough that I was accepted into the Nursing program and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic and grateful.
    These experiences showed me how setback and failure may not always be a bad thing. Setting goals have taught me to have grit, determination, and work ethic. It sounds very cliche, but my obstacles have shown me that if you don’t work for it, you won’t achieve it. I’m also a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. Maybe I was not accepted into my first choice schools for a reason and so that I could learn how to become more resilient in life. Creating goals has helped me to cope with the certain situation and put it into perspective. I would not be where I am today if I did not set goals and push myself to get out of my comfort zone so that I could achieve my dream of becoming a nurse.

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  8. Goals, are things that have become very important in my life. When I entered High School I had a very rough start because of personal things going on and setting goals for my self really helped me. The fact that I was able to set a goal and complete it made me feel very good about myself. I am a person of adventure, and I live under the idea that when you die the only things you take with you are your adventures and successes. Most of my goals revolve around where I will be going next or how I will proceed with my career as a Nurse after college. For example, before I am 30 years old I want to have traveled 50+ countries. Before I turned 18 I got to see 4 countries so that brings me a little closer to my goals. Keeping your head in the game is the most important thing to do when it comes to goals because a goal is something you should take serious especially if it has to do with bettering yourself. People often decide what there “New Years resolution” is which is basically a goal that involves bettering yourself in some sort of way. But the thing they don’t realize is that setting the goal is the easiest part, following through with it all reflects on what you do to reach it. People live under the assumption that all you have to do is set the goal and success will come as time goes, but thats not how it works. You set a goal and you make it the most important thing, and you’ll see how your life slowly begins to change. Making one small change within yourself can determine the rest of your life. So, set the goal follow it, and see how grateful you’ll be when you go back in time and remember how good it felt to make a change.

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  9. My main goal in life is to be successful. That goal wont become a reality until I follow through and do whatever it takes to reach it. Everybody wants to be successful but not everybody is willing to put the work in . Setting a goal is a great start but achieving that goal will be an amazing feeling. Many people give up on their goal because the road gets bumpy and their goal starts to seem out of reach. One important thing to remember when you are trying to reach your goal is why? Why do you want to achieve this goal ? You can even ask yourself who ? Who are you doing this for ? In my case I ask myself why and who. I want to achieve this goal because I want to be something greater. I want to be in a healthcare profession so that I can help other people. Small or big, I want to be able to make a difference. I also ask myself who because I’m doing this for my parents. Without my parents I wouldn’t know what I would do. My parents always make sure that I am achieving my goals academically. They make it their number one priority to ensure that I go to college. They work day and night to make the money for my tuition. When I reach my goal and I am successful I want to give back to my parents . I want to give them anything and everything that they want . They truly deserve it . I think about my parents and my future every time I think about my goals.

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  10. Goals:
    Five years from now, I want to be happy and living life unapologetic. However I can not achieve this without having goals and aspirations. Personally I believe anything you put your mind to, you will achieve. There is no one, on this earth, that can hold you back but yourself. Life has not always been so kind to me, but I can not let the past hold me back. There is so much I plan to achieve and accomplish. Within my lifespan. I plan on getting a degree and creating a business. After I graduate, I want to start building up a business. I want be able to create a successful franchise and travel the world. Life has so much beauty and magic towards it and I want to experience all it has to offer. I want to be able to go to different countries and experience their culture. Hence why I have so many goals. There’s so much I want to be able to achieve and my goals are the beginning of all to come. Without a doubt in mind, I will become someone successful in this world. Being able to obtain a degree is the starting point everything to come. I’ve worked so hard to get to this position in life and I’ll continue to as such for my future. There are so much people counting on me to “make it” in life which I use my goals as motivation. I want to be able to make everyone, in my family, proud of me.

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    • I agree with having to make everyone in your family proud. I believe to do the same because all my life my family constantly motivated me to be the best I could and I want to prove to them that I can. Well said!

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  11. For years I have had an admiration for Napoleon Bonaparte. I have read books, watched documentaries, written essays, and made presentations all oriented around this one man’s life. An obsession with his success, which had made an ordinary man into an emperor. Yes, my days are filled with so much boredom, that I find the time to study the life of another man; it is not like I study the action-packed battles during war or the eventful French Revolution. I study his leadership skills. I study his decision making and his reasoning. I try to connect the dots to what made him succeed and what made him fail. Now, I understand this sounds like some odd and twisted obsession with a dead guy’s life, and I wholeheartedly agree, but I cannot help but wonder what his secrets were to success. All opinions on his character and politics aside, the man made some arguably impressive accomplishments, coming from a middle-class family living on a small Italian Island, to becoming the Emperor of France, is a feat very few can admit to. Now, I do plan on making a relevant point and promise I will not waste anyone’s time babbling about a dead man’s life, but he had broken the chains of ordinary. What I mean by this is that many of us, specifically I, come from a middle-class family who had, at some point, immigrated to America. Now, for the selected few who share this commonality, our families live a monotonous life. Wake up, go to work, come home, go to sleep, and repeat. This is what I saw growing up. My parents, and even grandparents, working jobs they hated until retirement. They put their interests aside for the sake of their families. This is a life that most will follow. I mean truthfully, we are attending university to land us well-paying jobs with good health benefits, good vacation time, and all the other good stuff, with the salary, in most cases, being the deciding factor. This life we wish to follow is a life of security. See, Napoleon did not settle for a secure and well-paying job. While others studied to be entrepreneurs, doctors, and lawyers, Napoleon was studying to revolutionize a country. That is what I admired so dearly of Napoleon. He knew there was more to life than a safe job and he was not afraid to take the risks to avoid it. That is what I believe. I believe that we must always chase after our true goals. No matter how crazy they may sound. No matter how many discourage it. We must chase the goals that fuel our souls and feed our ambition. Just as Shakespeare once said, “If I be foiled, there is but one shamed that was never gracious; if killed, but one dead that is willing to be so.” We have only one life to live, and if we spend our precious time living and not enjoying every second, we are merely wasting our most valuable resource.

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  12. One thing that I believe is that the energy you put out into the world is the energy that you will receive back. This means that if you are a person who is pessimistic, negative and someone who influences others in a negative way, you will get that same negative energy in return. On the other hand, someone who is respectful, optimistic, and constantly tries to be a light in their peers’ lives, will get good things to happen to them. For example, someone who gives off negative energy may look at things in a very negative light. They ,most of the time, believe it to reality. After along time of looking at certain situations in that kind of light, this person is going to actually believe that the negative aspect of things is their reality. This will affect their actions and the decisions they make in life. Some of these decisions can sometimes lead to failure or disappointment. Another example is the person who is optimistic and puts looks at the positive aspect of the challenges they encounter in life. These people will always tend to overcome certain obstacles that a negative person wouldn’t. This is because someone who is optimistic will look at the good side of things and use that to keep on going. After learning this about life, I tend to be more optimistic than pessimistic. Also I have learned to surrounds myself with mostly people who look at this in a positive light. This idea has helped me reach certain goals that I used to believe I wouldn’t be able to.

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  13. As a child, I was always set to have high expectations and to be the best I could by my family. This wasn’t anything discouraging but it had its downfalls at times. In school, I was known for having the straight A’s and being one of the top in my class, which of course made my family elated because they didn’t necessarily have to “worry” about me failing. With this, I had always set goals for myself because I knew I had to make the people around me happy, as well as myself. When I was younger, I thought I was going to travel around the world for a living but eventually I knew that it wasn’t for me and I had to be more realistic. At this point, my goal had changed. Now, entering college, I want to become a Dentist where I help people to achieve the comfort and satisfaction they want for their smile. As a Dental Assistant, my goal each working day is to help each and every patient feel confident about themselves by the time they leave the office. In the future, I hope to achieve my goal of graduating as a DMD and proving to my family that I did it. That I had accomplished something that I worked so hard for all my life. To be able to give back to each person who knew I could do it and to those who never gave up on me. Setting goals in life is a start to a whole new beginning and once the goals are achieved, that new beginning is something worth living for. It will take hard work and dedication but it will all be worth it in the end.

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  14. Whatever I am doing right now are just little steps toward my very big beautiful future. When I get so frustrated with school I lay down all my dreams that I have and it gives me hope, also re energize me to get back to my work. Five years from now, I see myself graduated from college and going to a flight school. I always wanted to be a pilot since I was a kid. Sometimes I have dream about flying in the sky all by myself. I feel free when I think about flying in the sky. I was born into a very conservative family,so I never really got to enjoy freedom. That is not the only reason what makes my dream job being a pilot. The main reason why I want to be a pilot is I want to travel all over the world. I want to go everywhere! Ten years from now, I see myself living in a fancy mansion in Dubai with my beloved family. I also want to build a nice and big mansion back in my country Bangladesh. So whenever I go over there which I would twice a year, I have a nice place to stay and meet all my family back in my country. A trip of my life time would be going to Saudi Arabia with my parents. I want to go there for religious purpose. Besides being a pilot, I also want to open my own business. I want to have my own cosmetic line and have a online store for dresses where I am going to design them all. I am not really into cars so I do not know what my dream car is yet. But I am going to have my own private jet which I am going to fly by myself. Twenty years from now I see myself running a successful business, bossing around everyone, give my kids the best life anyone ever could ask for, traveling the world with “the one”, and being around my beloved parents who loves me unconditionally. One of my favorite poem that really describes me is Me I Am by Jack Prelutsky.
    Me I Am !
    I am the only Me I Am
    Who qualifies as me,
    no Me I AM has been before,
    and none will ever be
    No other Me I Am can feel
    the feelings I’ ve within,
    no other Me I Am can fit
    precisely in my skin
    There is no other Me I Am
    who thinks the thoughts I do,
    the world contains one Me I Am
    this earth shall ever see,
    that Me I Am I always am
    is no one else but Me!

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  15. Throughout all of the constant changes in my life, setting goals has always been a reoccurring solution. Ever since I was little my parents would always tell me to set a goal and to be determined in order to one day complete it. At that time in my life I was probably trying to save money in order to go to the candy store or to buy that new toy. Now as an adult, completing a simple goal lifts a weight off of my shoulders. Over the years, I have gain a very strong sense of maturity much faster then most. I learned very quickly that not everyone in the world will except you for who you are, but that you still have to live and be true to yourself. For a long time, I would hide behind this mask that the world would view. I got good at hiding because my parents were oblivious and so were a lot of my friends. I wasn’t living my life I was simply drifting in it. I still got high grades, I still would talk to some of my friends, I would pretend to be happy all the time, but in reality I was lost. In that moment, my life kept changing all too fast. My parents had a messy divorce that I was brought into, my uncle died, I got my first C on my english paper (which at the time killed my self esteem), one of my best friends tried to commit suicide, I had my first eye opening experience with racism, and that list went on and on. It wasn’t until a few days before my sixteenth birthday did I realized how much time I had lost to the changes around me. So I made a decision, one idea that would honestly save me. I choose to make a single goal, I wanted to be happy and to do something with friends on my sixteenth birthday. We went bowling, and all of us failed miserably without the bumpers, but that night was by far the happiest I had felt in a long time.
    Making goals is something that I do everyday in order to keep some form of control over my life. I have a wide range of goals. Some are as small as completing my to do list. Others are based on my future and my career. I even have goals on what I hope the future of the world will one day look like. But, ultimately, all of my goals remind me to be the person that I want to be everyday in my life. I know that the world is constantly changing and that life is unpredictable. For me, setting a goal is my way of finding security in a changing world. I’ve hit rock bottom before, and I didn’t like it. So I made a goal to stand up, and by standing up I took full control over my life and my future.

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  16. Goals are what keep a person and the world moving forward. They are the fuel that keeps the fire burning within a person. If nobody had any goals in life than the world would come to a standstill. They are the most basic reason for the advancement of communities around the world. Without goals, every person on the planet would have no reason to get out of bed in the morning, no reason to go to school, no reason to live.
    I believe that goals are the key to being the best person that one could possibly be. They are the most basic stepping stone to pursuing a life of happiness and a sense of gratitude. Nobody in the world can choose your goals for you, they must come from your own ideas of what you want to be. They are one’s own ideas of what they want their future to consist of. This is why it is important for everyone to have their own goals and to pursue their own dreams.
    Without the presence of goals, the world would no longer develop and the advancement of the Earth would come to a screeching halt. They are the single reason as to why the Earth is no longer a few tribes living in grass huts. If there was nobody with the goal of creating a better future than there would be no technology and we would still be trying to hunt deer with nothing but a sharpened stick. Goals are what keep the Earth moving forward and they are creating a better and brighter future for all of us.

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  17. Setting a goal can mean many different things to many different people. To me, it means something you strive for and work towards. Goals are not just something that you hope for or dream of; they are something you commit to, something you believe in. My belief in goals and the power of persistence has shaped me as an individual. Setting long term and short term goals for myself has pushed me to work myself to lengths I would’ve never dreamed of reaching otherwise. Pushing myself physically and mentally to attain my goals has helped me to become a better student and a resilient worker.
    After receiving my high school diploma with honors, the next step to achieving my long term goal is dedicating all my efforts to attaining my degree and eventually helping children as a future Speech Pathologist. My belief in setting an objective and reaching for it was shaped by observing others, their goals, and their journey to success. No road to success was ever an easy one, as I began to realize that, I wanted to begin my own road to success.
    I believe that anyone can set and achieve goals. I believe that they are the key to bright futures even if the journey does not go as planned. Without persistence through bumps in the road, the objective can never be reached. A person who has truly set goals for themselves does more than just work towards them or think of them, they believe in them.

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  18. I’ve always used goals in my life and I believe other people should too, I firmly believe that without them I would do nothing with my life. Sometimes I might make very lofty goals things that I know might never happen, but at least it’s something to shoot for “shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll be among the stars”, I don’t totally believe that’s the best philosophy to have because let’s face it you could still be stranded in space some plans just kinda fail. I know that many of my goals have failed on the way and I’ve had to give up on those lofty far out goals because I tried to stretch too far and planned for things to go right that probably weren’t, I’m no expert in planning or organization but I believe that some giant goals aren’t great for you, to much effort and time can go into something that ultimately might never happen. Small goals are nice you feel accomplishment and steady progress and personally I like that I enjoy things that allow you to watch your progress, I was a Carpenter’s apprentice for a summer ,and having those daily goals was a great motivator I think it helped me to do more to push harder to get things done faster. Goals are a great thing, but I like to think that smaller more practical goals are better they help you keep organised, motivated, and you might not get “lost in space”.

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  19. Imagine you could go back in time, to a period in your life where the biggest thing you could obtain was a new toy. Your mom or dad may have told you to accomplish something before you could have it, like getting good grades or completing a chore before you get it. Day and night all you have on your mind on is the new toy that’s a simple task away. You clean the house for a week straight, determined to earn your prize, and finally your time comes. Once you get the toy it feels like the greatest thing on earth all because YOU earned it with hard work and determination. While this seems like a minute situation, it in fact, is not. This situation reflects on your mindset for your lifetime, achieving a goal. See, everyone has goals. Some people want to be rich, some want to be famous, the list goes on. Goals are checkpoints you aim for throughout your life journey, and I believe without goals people would be lost. Obviously not completely lost, people would still have sense of what they wanted to do, but a goal is more than that. A goal can pave your entire life; I know some people that have wanted to be surgeons for their whole lives and will stop at nothing to accomplish this feat. Goals assist you in determining what really matters to you, and can often reflect on your morals and upbringing. For example, most people born into poor families want to be rich, or at least financially stable because they never want to go back to a life they may have left behind. However, not all goals have to be as big as this. I have a friend who was on a mission to dunk before his junior year of high school, all because it was something that was important to him. What I’m trying to touch upon is the fact that goals help you focus on what matters to you the most, be it big or small. When you set goals for yourself, it gives you sort of a tunnel vision, and makes it easier to separate things you’re passionate about and things that are less important. More often than not, if you set a goal you will do everything in your power to achieve it. Many goals people have set are unmet however, due to the fact that on their path to achieving said goal, they realized it wasn’t really what they wanted. That being said, I believe that overall goals are important to set for yourself throughout life, as your focus and mindset may constantly change, or even stay stagnant. Regardless, goals are a major part of figuring out what means the most to you at any point in your life.

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  20. Ever since I was young, I have always been interested in anything science related. However, what really sparked my interest was when I enrolled in a biology course my junior year of high school. Learning about the origin, growth, and evolution of living organisms always intrigued me. Biology instantly became my favorite class and I always looked forward to attending it. I knew by end of my junior year that I wanted to major in biology when I enrolled in college.
    During my sophomore, junior, and senior year I voluntarily tutored middle and elementary school students in science, math, and reading. I loved working with kids, and I loved being able to help them. Due to my passion to learn more about medical science and love of helping out children, I came to the conclusion that I want to become a pediatrician. I knew that the process to achieve my goal would be very difficult, however because of my driven ambition I believe that I’ll be able to accomplish it.
    When I’m asked about what I want to do with biology career wise, I always tell them the same response about wanting to be a pediatrician. However, I’m always told that it’s a very difficult process and if I don’t become one there are other career choices to pick from. Although they are somewhat trying to help by telling me there are other career options, I don’t let the hint of doubt deteriorate my motivation. I let it strengthen my ambition instead. I know that with my strength and determination I’ll be able to become a pediatrician and make my dream of helping out children come true.

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  21. What is a “Goal”? The definition of a goal is,”the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result”, as quoted from google dictionary. Goals are a pathway to a better you. They are stepping stones in order for we, as individuals, to be successful. Some people set goals to motivate them in order to preform at a higher level to achieve excellence. Others set goals to get through the day. A goal can be short term or long term. Some of the goals that I set as a kid were both long term and short term. When someone would ask me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, and I would respond with an answer such as, “I want to be a Doctor, a Physician, an Anesthesiologist, a Flight Medic!”, I was setting a long term goal. As I aged my goals along with my ambition to be something extraordinary one day excelled and gradually evolved. I attended a vocational high school where I received a great education and learned a trade, HVAC, that I will always have as a secondary option in life. When I first entered high school I was intrigued by the HVAC shop but, after four years of experience and 2 and a half years of working in the field, I have chosen to change career paths. I attended an EMT Academy, through Swansea Ambulance Corps, which was a life changing experience for me that led me to attend this university. I am a soon to be EMT and First Responder and I am attending Umass Dartmouth in hopes of receiving my major in Nursing to one day be what I have always dreamed of being as a child. Attending college has always been a long term goal of mine and I believe that Umass Dartmouth is where my future will begin and new goals will arise. So set goals and with time, each goal that you attain will propel you into triumph.

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  22. When I think of what me “as an individual believe in,” the song “0-100” by famous lyricist Aubrey Graham comes to mind. The reason this song comes to mind is because of this one line in the song “know yourself, know your worth.” This is the highlight of the song for me for several reasons: First of all the phrase “know yourself,” this means to know how you are as an individual and being able to know how you are as a person. Personally right now I think it’s impossible for anyone my at my age to to know themselves because we have barely been alive long enough to really explore everything about ourselves. I believe as an individual I need to know myself to figure out what my beliefs really are thoroughly. The second part of the phrase is to “know your worth,” usually when someone thinks of worth, they think of someone’s possession, however I think in this case it is referring to how highly someone holds themselves. I strong believe that I have to figure out the exact standards to hold myself to, that means that I hold myself to these standards and not force other people to perform at the same level I’m at because this is how I hold myself as an individual, not as ideas a collective must follow. In Conclusion when think of what me as an individual believe in the phrase “Know yourself, Know your worth” by Aubrey Graham comes to mind due to me in an effort to know my beliefs, and to know the standards I hold myself to.

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  23. I believe in life that it is important to have goals. It doesn’t matter how important they are or if it takes one year or 30 years to complete it. You give your self a responsibility and something to look forward to. It is also important to know you don’t have to accomplish the goals that others set for you, you make the decision on what goals are important and right for you. It is your personal goal and it doesn’t matter if it is simple as reading a certain book or challenging as starting your own business. One of my goals that I recently accomplished was graduating high school. It took me a lot of hard work and persistence but I was able to successfully accomplish my goal. I found it is important to stay focused and motivated so that you can hopefully complete your goal. If a goal is important to you than put in the effort and resources to make sure you accomplish it. I think that is ok for goals to change if you realize they are unattainable or if they are too easy. My goal for the next four years is to get my degree in anthropology and find a job in anthropology. Other goals I have for college is to meet new people and travel l to new places. College is full of new experiences and those experiences can led to setting new goals for yourself. I believe that goals are important and are markers for what you accomplish.

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  24. When I was young, my only goal is to be successful in life. Choosing your own career is probably the most difficult thing to do except for the ones that know what to do in theirs. I’m probably going for something close to the computer career. I’m hoping throughout the freshmen college year, I will be able to choose my major. And that’s the major goal that I have to work hard for to know what is my interest to be with the professional help of the college. I will have more experience through my college years.
    Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. -Pablo Picasso

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  25. A goal for humanity.

    Life, such a precious little thing, isn’t it? One moment it’s here, the next it’s gone just like that; how melancholic. That’s why I believe in the idea of living life to its fullest, and not letting a single moment pass us by! None of us truly understand why we are here on this planet, but I think, by living without regrets, and not letting the small things consume us, that we’ll find the key to understanding this elusive truth. We have become so entranced by the idea of distracting ourselves with technology and the man-made things that, although have connected us in ways that blow my mind completely, have made us lazy and greedy for something more, something that this Earth can not keep giving us. I hold the concept of diving deep within ourselves, as well as exploring our surroundings and what they have to offer (relationships, nature, etc), high on my list of respected values. We need to start LIVING, not comfortably surviving. We live in a time where there is war, whether it be civil or global, and its negativity spreads rapidly. A time where people condemn and attack each other just because of how different we look, or how our beliefs don’t line up… I believe we should respect this thing called life and enjoy every second of it, spreading love and happiness throughout every aspect of it, even it’s ups and downs. This is what I believe, what about you?

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  26. Setting goals is an important part of becoming a better person, and I could not of gotten to were I am now without setting goal for my self. During my freshman year of high school I had no idea who I was or what I wanted to be, but I did know that it was up to me to figure that out. I told my self that before I was done with high school I wanted to be someone who was remembered by his friends not his entire school. What was the point of being known if no one really knew who you were. In the beginning of my sophomore year I still was unsure about what I wanted to do in college, but I was sure I wanted to do something with computers because technology came so easily to me. About half way through that year I met a bunch of great people who eventually ended up being great friends that changed my life forever. We started a small club developing a small indie game in our free time. I believe this is the part that lead me to wanting to be a computer programmer. The rest of my high school career went by and I went from that shy freshman with only a few people he felt comfortable talking to, to a mature young adult that could state his opinion and not worry about what other people thought about him. Goals are important to me and should be important to everyone because without goals we are just working towards nothing.

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    • This really hits home to me, high school was definitely a time where I felt like I didn’t really have an identity and if I could really make an impact, even doubting if I’ll ever succeed in the future. I can recall many blank moments in my sophomore year because I didn’t have anything to strive for other than just getting by. It wasn’t until I wanted to be an accountant that I really had something to look forward to, such as taking beginner accounting and business oriented classes to prepare myself. Glad you found something pivotal in your high school time.

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  27. At one point in your life, you have most likely been shut down for a goal or challenge you would like to pursue. Whether it was in the first grade when you told your mom you wanted to be a dancer or when you were 18 and told her you wanted to go to school to pursue your dream of acting. Life is full of different opportunities and it is not fair that at a young age, we are told they are unrealistic. Whether you were told that you would never make it out in the real world or that you could never support a family with the type of job you wanted, we have all felt it. I believe that instead of shunning each other for our biggest dreams and goals, we should inspire each other and push one another toward success. Did you know that Walt Disney was rejected from his first job because he “lacked creativity” or that Elvis Presley was told he was not good enough for the music industry? If these inspiring and historical people shut down their dreams the first time they were knocked down, who knows what they would have become. So take the chance and do what makes you happy and never give up on those goals and dreams because of a negative opinion. We should be encouraged for estranged ideas instead of shunned for them. I believe, as an aspiring nursing student, that helping each other achieve our goals is the way to a better society as we know it.

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  28. I believe in never giving up an opportunity, and a fight. For example the past six years I have been enrolled into the METCO program in the town of Natick. I traveled from Boston to Natick five days a week. My journey started at 6 AM on the bus only to end up at school by 7:10. This is not only a journey to me, but an opportunity with a life experience. This program has opened up so many doors for my education and has helped me become who I am today. My education is something that I take really seriously. I come from immigrant parents, so college has been an expectation for me since day one. My parents taught me to take advantages in life when there is a door, open it. This is something that I carry with me everyday. Traveling back and forth every day drains me, but I push myself to go to school, achieve good grades to make my parents proud and get me my college degree. Having my degree will help break the stereotypes that people have on the minority of not going to college and getting a degree. Their are many people trying to complete the same goal as I am. The only way to succeed is by never giving up and opening any door that can lead you to success. The only way you know you’ve succeeded is by crossing the stage, and getting your degree. “Only I can change my life”

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  29. Nothing gets placed into a person’s hands without hard work. At least that’s what I was taught growing up. It’s a belief that not everyone grows up to; however, it’s my opinion that it is one that builds a strong and independent character.
    Countless amounts of people head to a draining job they hate every morning. Why? They didn’t give themself a chance to dream. To fantasize about one career that would make their soul happy every morning rather than counting on a third latte to get them through the shift. It’s because it usually takes a little bit more work to follow a dream, and when push comes to shove, sometimes it is easiest to find a 9-5 desk job.
    I would have never ended up where I am, enrolled in school to pursue my dreams, if my parents never taught me their work ethics. I’ve watched them go to work every morning, to jobs they don’t enjoy just to put food on my plate. I admire it so much, it inspired me to never give up. I had to scrape together a portfolio with limited resources to get into Umass Dartmouth’s graphic design program. This is just one instance where putting in the extra work has placed me closer to pursuing my dream in life. I am not saying to not enjoy life until you get to your goal. I just think people possess the ability to lose sight of one’s dreams when the effort put into it.

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  30. Achieving my goals is what I live by. Growing up, my parents were never there for me, they were too caught up in their crazy working schedules and busy lives that they’ve never really acknowledged what I want to do with my life. I’ve always been very independent and as I got older, I started creating goals to live by so that each day has its own purpose. These goals range from working and saving money to pursuing a career that truly makes me happy. Being that my parents never questioned my future, I took it upon myself to make sure that my life stays on track. I live in a very close-minded community where truthfully education isn’t really prioritized but drugs are, and I don’t want to fall into the norm that happens here. Therefore, I stay motivated, to get out of this city and make myself proud so that I can finally say, “I made it”. Being accepted to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is something I am super proud of. It is a reminder that I’ve done everything I could at this point to take the next step in my life and work on the next goal. However, I do know that sometimes things in life happen that are not under anyone’s control. Life will knock me down at some points but all that matters is that I get back up better than ever and learn from it. This is just the way life works and believe me, I know it isn’t easy. I can only hope and put in the effort to have a better future. What I am truly passionate about is the marine life. I want to spend the rest of my life studying the sea to create a better environment for marine animals and that is my long-term goal.

    “Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” – Jacques Cousteau

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    • I love the way you wrote this and the way it flowed. Your story and the courage you have truly inspires me. I hope to learn to be as independent as you. Your career goals are similar to mine. Your mindset on life I agree with. This post kept me intrigued, very well said!

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  31. It is a personal belief of mine that goals help to shape us into the individuals that we become as we progress through life. Both the conscious and sub-conscious choices that we make help us to reach these goals that we set for ourselves. I’ve have learned through martial arts that this ideology couldn’t be any farther from the truth. I first started doing martial arts in 2009, where I was over-weight, lacked self-confidence, and didn’t have many measurable ambitions. I would see black belts in front of me who were quite clearly more skilled than I and had almost an aura of them that I couldn’t understand for the life of me. I set the goal for myself to become a black belt. I knew that I had a long road ahead of me, and that if I wanted to get to where I wanted to go that I would need to put in the work necessary. Nothing for nothing. I spent countless hours over the next five and a half years taking extra classed, working out vigorously, and most importantly improving my mindset to become my some-what newly idolized black belt status. On the night of May 9, 2014 I entered my both physically and mentally exhausting three hour black belt test, and on that night after all of my hard work and dedication set by my goal, I left my studio that night as a black belt. And today I stand as a third degree black belt in my discipline, as both a student and teacher, and hope with my new goal to influence others to have epiphanies like I had that night in 2009.

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  32. Just like any other kid, my goal was to be a professional athlete and fireman. As I got older those goals changed. When I started high school, I applied for the Medical program. It had a lot if interest for me and thought this was my path to be come a health professional, like a Nurse. As I went through my four years I was pretty sure this was my goal. I landed a co-op job as a nurse tech in a Rehab Hospital. Along the way I met great health professional and even some funny patients. When it came to apply for colleges I applied for the nursing programs. I got into all of the schools applied for but was thinking Nursing was not what I really wanted. Still have full interest in medical and research but not sure if I want to become Nurse or a Research Scientist. Being a first generation college student in my family I’m excited to this great opportunity to attend a great school with endless possibilities. Today, I’m not sure what that final gaol will be but at the end it will be worth every chapter written in there next four years.
    “A vision without action is merely a dream” – Kevin Gates

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  33. Throughout my life I have been highly motivated to accomplish my goals, and set new ones. I have achieved a great amount because of this. Being goal oriented has allowed me to follow a path in life. Firsthand I understand that sometimes paths change, and goals can change as well. If I could give any advice to someone who is struggling to find motivation or a path in life, I would tell them to create a goal, and get motivated to accomplish it. I believe in being motivated. In finding that specific thing or things that will continue to motivate you day in and day out. With motivation comes the desire to set goals, and achieve them. Wether you are creating goals in the classroom, on the court/field, or in life, being motivated and having goals brings you one step closer to success. Often times, especially in today’s society, people are not driven to accomplish things, and are all about procrastination. Being a procrastinator can sometimes make life more stressful and complicated. Being motivated to do things ahead of time can relieve this extra stress in life. And just think, when you envision your goals, do you envision waiting until the last possible minute to try to achieve them? The answer is simply no. Normally, people want to achieve their goals within an hour, or want to see results the next day. However, another important thing is to be realistic about your goals and the work it will take to achieve them. Understand that results don’t show in a day but sometimes take a month. Being highly motivated, setting goals, and being realistic with yourself about how much work you will need to put in to achieve these goals will ultimately give you success throughout your life. Being motivated and setting goals, in general, can just give you a path in life to start following. And who knows? You might like the path you find yourself on.

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  34. Your goals are what will shape you into the person you want to be. By listing them in the way that’s makes you comfortable, it will help you be motivated to achieve them, it will remind you everyday that you need to keep working hard, you need to keep pushing, keep believing in yourself and you will start seeing results. Being able to see your goals on a daily basis, wether it’s in the for of images, shapes, colors or letters will give you the right boost to be productive throughout your day. I will never stop growing because, I will always to achieve better and more, I will always want to reach the top, I will always want to be the best that I can be and setting goals help have path to follow because I know where I’m trying to get. Always set your goals and always remind yourself of them!!

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  35. What are goals without determination and ambition? Simple nothing. It will remain a goal and it will always seem like it’s out of reach unless you set your mind to it, put in the work and aim to make it happen. In order to achieve anything in this life, your effort needs to be directed towards it. It will not be a smooth ride, the road will get bumpy but that should only motivate you to push harder. Goals can either be big or small but no matter the size, they all require the same amount of energy. My short term goal as of right now is to achieve outstanding grades in all my classes this upcoming semester. I want to perform at my highest in each and every class. My long term goal is to get my degree in Criminal Justice and Education and give back to the community in any way that I can. I want to go back home in Kenya and perhaps teach the English language to the less fortunate. I want to provide them with an opportunity that I was not given. Goals help put things into prospective for us and no goal is ever to big to accomplish, it just means that it requires much more work. But you can do anything you put your mind too. You just have to work for it and not stop at the first red light. Have determination and be ambitious.

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  36. To be honest I never really had any goals. I just lived life doing whatever the fuck I wanted to do. Every morning I just woke up, went out with my friends, and just did reckless stupid shit, just cause. But as time went on I got tired of doing the same shit with no end results that benefited me. I really sat there and thought to myself, “What changes can I make to make myself better?” And at this time I was all about self improving and still am. And I realized setting goals for yourself is the best way for self improvement, no matter if it’s a small goal or a big goal. Accomplishing your goals give you a sense of pride, achievement, and it really motivates you to get more done. Once you accomplish a goal do you stop? No, once you have that sense of accomplishment you keep craving more and more. The crazy thing is that you can never run out of goals to achieve, no matter what, there’s always room for you to have a goal and to be a better version of yourself. And the only person that can motivate you to accomplish any goal you have, is yourself. Cause at the end of the day, if you really want to accomplish that goal of yours, you’ll push no matter what. I believe that everyone should have a goal in life, no matter how big or small, because at the end of every goal, it shapes you into the best version of yourself.

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  37. “Wake up determined, go to bed satisfied, and eat a cookie somewhere in between”
    This quote emphasizes the importance of hard work on a day to day basis but also recognizes the significance of enjoying the simple things in life. I feel that in order to live a fulfilled life, there must be a balance between the two. To enjoy the simple things, it is essential to know what it feels like to struggle and persevere when faced with a challenge. In contrast, hard work and effort gives one the ability to appreciate what we have. It is easy to get caught up in life’s hardships that ultimately distract me from obtaining my goal. Sometimes a sudden loss of a family member or friend, a serious injury, or any big life changes can impair our ability to focus on my aspirations. In these dark times, it sometimes helps to appreciate the small things life has to offer. When I pay attention to the little joys, I am reminded of all the good things my hard work has brought me. “Wake up determined” is a reminder to keep my goals in mind. “Go to bed satisfied” is a reminder to conquer everyday challenges that bring me toward a common goal. Finally “eat a cookie somewhere in between” is to appreciate life’s little treasures that help to make life worth living.

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  38. I had an experience that led me to a goal when i came to the USA 4 years ago. When i came i didn’t know anyone here i was trying to learn the language fast so i can talk to people and make friends. When i went to high school, I joined a soccer team and i talked to alot of my teammates and i made friends. First i was struggling with language and getting into the community. I was talking to alot of my friends so i can feel like i am in home and any people help me to learn the language and the culture here were different from my home town that why i had a lot of struggles. That struggle built a main goal in my life that goal was succeeding in my education. This great experience with a community like that led me to think wider and build more goals. It was a struggle at the beginning and that struggle helped me to be prepared for more hard situations on future. It was a nice experience too when i got a job and that experience gave me more responsibilities in life. I have many goals to reach and one of them is to be successful in the world i am living in. For this experience i have learned to not give up and to fight for my dreams so i can reach what i want to be. Now my main goal is to be successful in my next years of college.

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  39. Goals are simply set as checkpoints to guide you where you want to end up. Once a few goals are completed, motivation kicks in causing you to set more goals to complete and push yourself even closer to your desired end result. Goals are present in everybody’s lives, whether or not you can see them or know what they are. Other people’s goals should be just as important as our own and should not be thought of as any less impactful.

    For as long as I can remember, I have made goals in order to push myself to become the best version of me. My previous goals have ranged from working a certain amount of days every week to something that should be very simple, like remembering to floss everyday. However, I always find myself thinking of what I believe my main goal is; I am determined to find my place in the world of photography and make a name for myself. I was in eighth grade when I took my first photography class and have been progressively getting more invested in it as the years went on and high school came to a close. When I graduate college, I would love to work for National Geographic or somewhere I will be able to continue to explore all the different fields of photography; like portraiture, wildlife, landscape, and macro photography. If that is not able to happen, I will continue to grow and flourish on my own through new experiences and expanding my knowledge.

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  40. The thought of high school coming to a close and a path starting towards college is a terrifying concept in both directions. The hustle and stress I’ve worked through my whole life is finally leading up to this moment, the moment my future is decided upon by people whom I have never met viewing my application. As I have been working my way up to these college years, my goal is to stress less about my perfectionist style of working and to start enjoying the rest of my life here as a student. While working through these high school years, I have learned that everything is just as difficult as I thought it would be. The long restless nights, stressful studying sessions, and just plain ridiculous work I have had to endure is simply too much. With carrying all this weight on my back every day, literally and metaphorically, I am deciding to set a goal for myself, that I am going to start revel in rest of these years and worry less about all the substantial work I am given. Throughout taking this journey I am still on, it is a far greater thing that I am setting up goals for my future now rather than later. However, with my goal at hand, I am willing to prove to myself that I can still maintain my grades while learning to stress much less this year and ultimately improving my thoughts to find relief in college. Living the way I want to is so much more important to me than any test will ever be. The memories I am making now will always last longer than the words memorized for tests.

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  41. Whenever I hear the word “goal” it means so much more to me than short term, my brain automatically thinks for the long term. I’ve started to realize that it has a lot to do with me being scared for what the future might hold. The hardest question for me growing up has always been “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. As a kid you can brush it off with dumb answers like “a ninja” or “a superhero”, but those answers become less successful by the time you turn ten years old. I’ve always thought to myself how could anyone possibly know what the future will hold for them in ten years or so? We don’t know what might happen and what curveballs life will throw at us. That’s the reality i’m trying to get through. One of my biggest fears in life is setting a goal I can’t reach for what I want as a career. I don’t ever want to have a job that I hate waking up for, one that causes me to live for weekends and dread Mondays. We can’t control our future entirely but we can help create a better one right now in the present. One of the ways I was told to get a career that I would want was through college, I realize that college is not for everyone, but as of now, its what’s getting me closer to reaching my goal. This is what I believe in.

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  42. My goal and has always been the same ever since I was a child. That dream is to be a college science professor one day. But in order to achieve this dream, a lot of schooling and learning has to be done. My name is Lloyd Yawson and I am going to be a biology student at UMASS Dartmouth this fall. I have always wanted to be part of a big community like that of UMASSD. A community where everyone embraces learning and success. A community where everyone contributes to the wellbeing of others. This is one of the many reasons why I am excited to be part of this community. As everyone is contributing towards something in the school, there also certain qualities I may be able to contribute towards the school. I like to play soccer and volleyball. I also like organize and assemble things as well. Volunteer work is something that I enjoy doing.
    Intramural sport is something that I will like to try. I think it is a way of meeting new people. Joining the clubs available on campus is also a way of meeting new people.

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  43. Goals are important for someone to have as they help a person grow and learn lessons that they could use later in life, no matter how small or big they may be. Goals can be easy or hard to achieve but as long as they give you a sense of pride and accomplishment they are well worth it. A goal could be anything you want it to be, from beating the high score on a video game, to graduating college with your desired major, as long as it is important to you it’s worth doing. The saying “A journey of a thousand miles, starts with a single step” explains this mindset perfectly, meaning you don’t need to just shoot for the moon but rather take it one goal at a time and work your way up to that point. If you want to do well in a class that you know you haven’t done well in previously, take it a single step at a time and before you know it you’ll see the improvements. Whether its a goal of paying attention more in class or seeking extra help after, you are working towards that overarching goal and ultimately becoming the person you set out to be.

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  44. You ask me what I believe in, I believe in happiness. But not the temporary feeling of happiness, genuine and long term happiness. I can not tell you how to specifically gain this type of happiness; however I still believe that every individual should strive for this type of happiness. For example, when choosing a career most people would base that choice with a money influence but if you do not enjoy being at your job is it worth it. Some may say yes, those people are the same ones who would claim that money creates their happiness. But even celebrities with millions of dollars can still and do suffer from depression. Money creates temporary happiness, not genuine and long term happiness. Genuine and long term happiness can look like many things but it’s when you’re content with yourself and your life. People will always have bad days but when you have that type of happiness or in the process of gaining that complete happiness you do not let those bad days weigh you down. When you gain this happiness you will know, you may not notice at first but you will. Personally I have not reached my complete happiness, however I strive to be there. Everyone’s true happiness is individualized but everybody can still achieve it; it’s all about knowing yourself and being open minded. College is one of the ways where you can find yourself and become open minded. When faced with different personalities and individuals of many backgrounds and beliefs, you can figure out what you enjoy, which can ultimately allow you to find your happiness.

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  45. I believe in finding what sets your soul on fire. No matter which pathways one goes down in life I believe that they will always lead you towards the destination you were meant to find. I believe that to find this destination one must set goals in their everyday life. I’ve always set goals and made it my mission to achieve them no matter what roadblocks were put in my way, whether those roadblocks were rejections or toxic people, I push forward towards each new adventure. When I embark on my journey I will set a goal of what I plan to achieve during a semester or during an athletic season, this goal becomes my baseline for how I view my success, I expect a lot out of myself but only because I know with a firm push I can attain almost anything. My goals have always given me an unmatchable drive. This drive has allowed me to accomplish whatever I set my mind to.
    I chose to write about goals because setting and achieving goals means that one understands the art of hard work and perseverance. Many times throughout the journey to reach the end destination there will be moments of trial and possible setbacks, but my greatest lesson in life has been to use those ‘setbacks’ as a time to reflect, reevaluate and move forward with more force. Setbacks shouldn’t be seen as deterrents from achieving a goal, they should be seen as more fuel to one’s fire.

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  46. Goals are an important part of every person’s life, as it allows themselves to have a guide of what they wish to achieve in any aspect of their life. By setting goals, one can prioritize what is important to them and focus more of their life on that. The more that one works on a goal of theirs, the more they improve themselves and the more motivated they become to work harder and become the best version of themselves that they can be.
    When I joined my high school’s cross country team in my freshman year, I was not that good of a runner. I was decent at best, but there were many other kids on the team that were much better than I was. However, I wanted to become a better runner, and felt that, with enough work, I could. So, I set multiple goals for myself that summer in order to become a better runner. I would set certain goals surrounding how far I would run or how fast I would complete a run in. For example, I would have a goal to run three miles in twenty minutes. After I achieved each goal, I would set a new goal for myself that would force me to work harder than I previously had. The harder I worked, the more I improved. By the next season, I had become one of the top runners on the team, all thanks to setting goals for myself and making sure that I always worked harder every time I trained. I have continued setting goals for myself when it comes to running, and I plan on continuing to work hard in my coming college years both as an athlete and a student.

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  47. I believe that with hard work anything is achievable. But without a goal what are we working for. Goals give purpose. They give definition. Goals are what got me to where I am today. Throughout most of my life I didn’t really know what I wanted to do but by the time I entered High school I realized that I had to seriously start considering what I was going to do as a career. By sophomore year I had set achievable goals for myself and that is what motivated me through high school. I wanted to become a computer scientist and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. So, by high school year I had achieved most of my goals. I had gone from taking lower level classes to taking Advanced Placement classes at my school. All the hours of studying and extra help from staying after at school started to bear real fruits. Academics weren’t the only challenges I faced on my journey to my dream. I also faced financial difficulties. But this didn’t stop me either. I knew college education wasn’t going to be cheap, so I went out and found myself a job. Almost everything I made went into saving for school and by the time I got my acceptance letter I was able to afford school. I still work while learning skills that will help set me in line for the career that I want for myself. This drive that I have to fulfill my goals was instilled in me by my parents. Though they were immigrants they set goals for themselves and managed to make a better life for not only themselves but for me as well. They didn’t let anything stop them from achieving their goals. Without the goals they set for themselves they wouldn’t be where they are today.

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  48. Goals are important to me in my life. If I do not set a goal I feel like I am not working for anything. Even simple goals such as getting a good grade on a test or getting my driver’s license but also major goals like graduating high school or getting my first job. Since this is going to be my first year of college a simple goal for me to keep me going throughout the year is going to be getting the best grades to the best of my ability and definitely not failing any of my classes. I also always want a big goal even it is far away from where I am know. I want to graduate college and possibly try to have a job relatively soon after I get out of school. As I said in the beginning I always have goals going, my major goal at the moment is saving up for at least one year of my college education. It is always great to have some goals that are easy but still make you feel good because you know that you can complete them for example even going for a run or working out is both good for you but you also feel good about completing the goal. Another reason goals are so important is because even if you think you failed and there is nothing you can do about it you are actually learning from your mistakes and you can make the same goal and go right back at it a complete it.

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  49. I believe that goals are set by people as a form of motivation. I personal set simple goals all the time like for extra motivation to wake up in the morning for school, or to do better in a my classes. I’ve set a lot of goals in life. Ones that I’ve achieved and ones that I’ve failed to achieve. There is one goal that I have had since I was six years old. That goal is to make enough money to one day have my mom stop working. Now I know that this is cliché as hell and probably 90% of us have this same goal, but for me this is more than just a goal, this is what I live for. This one goal is wait made me wake up in the morning for school when I really wanted to stay in bed and go back to sleep, This goal is the reason I’m going to college. If I wasn’t motivated by this goal so much I’d probably just stay home all day for a year and play 2k and madden. Ever since I was little I would see my mom come home from one job with a tried look on her face, then leaving the house a couple hours later to go to a second job still with that same tired look on her face, but I’ve never heard my mother complain. Everything I’ve done in my life so far and everything I will do in the future is so I will never have to see that tired look on my moms face again.

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  50. Whenever I embark on a new project, endeavor, or journey, I find it very difficult to remain motivated and focused without a goal. I love working towards something and pouring everything that I have into it so that every aspect of what I wanted to achieve gets completed. When I worked as an over the phone technical support technician during my senior year of high school, every day was a struggle to go to work, since I knew that I had nothing to aspire to. Reaching something greater was out of reach not only due to the company’s size being so small that the higher-up positions weren’t going to change, but also because I was there on a temporary co-op with my school – I knew that I wasn’t going to move up in the workplace. Since then I have moved on to a software development job for a startup company, and that has been incredibly rewarding to me. Every week I set a goal that I need to accomplish for the project, and every day I set goals to reach that will add up to creating what was planned in the first place. I know that had this job been like my previous, I wouldn’t be as happy or driven as I am now in my current endeavors. I am very grateful for the opportunities it presents me – the next big thing to accomplish is only just out of reach, and I know that it’s a goal that is attainable.

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