I must admit, I've never been big on setting goals. Well, re-phrase, when I set a goal it would live in my head. I've always prided myself on being great at multi-tasking, however, while my intentions were accomplished, they probably took longer than they should have and, honestly, there are things I wanted to do that fell through the cracks because I let something get ahead of it or flat out forgot about it! While I have been a productive person the majority of my life since high school, through college, and into my working career, my brain isn't the latest & fastest computer. And neither is yours. That is why you need to write your goals down and make them SMART:
S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting
S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Attainable
R - Relevant
T - Time Bound
Have you ever ordered food at a restaurant and explicitly said, no pickles or dressing on the side and your meal comes with said pickles splashed all over your sandwich or your salad tossed in dressing? Or, say you tell your hair stylist to just take a little off of the ends to even out your hair, and when you spin around in the chair to see your new look in the mirror you have a short cut (insert silent scream!). You were specific and precise, yet your order wasn't what you wanted and now you're crying in the salon chair at what your hair looks like! Gratefully, I can say I've never had a hair salon debacle, but plenty of times I've gotten messed up meals and I was tight because I had to send food back which I hate to do. These are small examples of being specific backfiring, so think about what not being specific is doing to you as you set goals you want to accomplish?
Sure, you want to go to college, but there are over 4,000 colleges & universities in the United States! You can't apply to all of them as it'll be a colossal waste of time and talk about incredibly cost-ineffective! Specificity in your college search is paramount, meaning, researching schools that align with your passion (I'll forever speak about passion because that will be what drives you for all of your days, trust me!), create a list of 8-10 schools that fit the bill that you will apply to then do yet even more research to get to your top 3 schools and work from there to make yourself stand out on the applications to get accepted!
Being successful doesn't happen when you're scattered. Philanthropist & the nation's #1 life & business strategist Tony Robbins said, "Setting goals is the first step to turning the invisible to the visible." Don't let your dreams live in your head hoping they come true. Set specific goals, stay focused on achieving them and prepare to win!