“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” ― Albert Einstein.
The difficult task many students often face is remaining steadfast in the pursuit of their academic goals. Managing your academics and your life requires vigilance, dedication and commitment. You are human and from time-to-time things will slip past you. But how do you make sure that you follow through what you set your mind to achieve? Here are some tips.
1. Clarify Your Goals
If you don’t have a target to hit, you cannot measure your success. Imagine a game of football without a goal post! For example, determine what grades you want to get in your next test or examination or how many minutes or pages you want to read in a day. It’s not enough to say or think that you want to succeed; you must be clear and intentional about it. For instance, if you plan to read 50 pages a day, you can tell if you have succeeded at the end of the day by quickly checking how many pages you have read.
2. Surround Yourself With Other Dedicated People
There is a saying that goes thus, “climate determines what we grow”. If you want to stay focused on your goals, you must challenge yourself by hanging around others who want to do the same. You don’t see lions hanging out with goats because they do not live in the same habitat. Dedicating yourself to a goal is not an easy task and you will do well to ensure that the people around you are motivating you not to give up.
3. Break Your Goals Into Smaller Chunks
It isn’t easy to get the motivation to finish a task, especially if it is a huge one. You can overcome this challenge by cutting your goals into smaller achievable ones. If you are trying to master a particular subject, you may begin by saying “for the next two weeks, I should have a general knowledge of what this subject is all about. Then for the next week, I should have understood the content in chapter one, and so on. If you try this out, you will be more dedicated because your goals are not so burdensome.
4. Find a Mentor
Remember the saying, “To know the road ahead, ask those who are coming back “. Mentors are people who can help you navigate your goals faster than you can imagine. Mentors will checkmate you and remind you of what you said you would dedicate yourself to achieve. They may also suggest some strategies for performing your set target with consistent effort in the right direction.
Try these steps to be dedicated to the pursuit of your goals, and you’ll be amazed at how far you’ll go in life.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Henry Ibrahim is the Content Creator at B2SL. He loves working with young people to help them discover their purpose in life. You can contact him at email@example.com.