The Importance Of Personal Goals In Education

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A few times throughout my life I had told myself that I would complete a college degree by a certain age. First, by thirty and then the following decades. At each of these milestones, I had failed to keep my promise to myself. I will now look into why I failed to achieve this goal. The first reason that I failed in obtaining my degree was that I did not formally set out the short, medium and long-range goals and steps that I would need to achieve each goal. I didn’t have a methodology that was going to allow me to measure my progress against each of these goals. While I might have sketched out a lifetime goal or big picture goal of having a degree, I did not follow up by having one-month, six-month or one-year goals. I only looked towards measuring myself against the big picture goal which did not allow me to feel interim successes which would motivate me or allow me to change course along the way. ("Personal Goal Setting: Planning to Live Your Life Your Way", 2018) A second reason that inhibited my success was that I lacked the proactivity to achieve my long-term goal. I allowed certain interferences and doubts to get in my way. Covey talks about psychic determinism and how emotional pain in our background affects our actions today ("7 Habits of Highly Effective People", 2018). My emotional immaturity and failure to work through childhood trauma allowed me to set up artificial psychological barriers and focus on those issues rather than my long-term successes.
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