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Studying is not easy. It can be boring, frustrating, and demoralizing. There are many challenges ahead and you need to have perseverance, resolve, and something to aim for. All these ‘needs’, can be solved by creating goals

Goals are incredibly powerful. They can help you strive for the best in your academic journey while maintaining that focus and stamina.

Let you show you 6 ways that goals can help you succeed in school.



1. Goals Give You Direction

“A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

– Bruce Lee


The true reason why you need goals is because they provide a direction for you to chart your course for. They are like a compass, providing a direction for you to head to, especially in a world where you can easily get lost. 

Although achieving your goals is awesome, that is just the bonus. Goals are needed to keep you on course and help improve your life.



2. Goals Help Track Your Progress

Goals act as your final destination. Knowing where you started and where you will end, you will be able to track how far you are to your goal. You can see your current progress, how fast you are improving, and how much you have improved since you first started

You can also see goals as your school’s report card. They provide regular check-ins, markdown milestones, and even tell you where to improve on.



3. Goals Motivate You And Help You Persevere 

With a goal to aim for, not only can you see how far you have progressed, but you will also have something to look forward to. 

When you have worked hard enough and you see the immense progress you have made, you would feel elated and satisfied. This motivates you to keep going, even despite the many difficulties you may face. 

Take a moment now to imagine yourself scoring straight-As for your examinations. Everyone is clapping for you.

Won’t you unconsciously start smiling? Do you feel extreme joy and satisfaction?

By making something you look forward to your goal, it spurs you on to keep working hard in order to make your goal a reality.



4. Goals Can Help You Achieve What You Thought Was Impossible

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” 

– Les Brown


There is really no limit to how big and awesome a goal you can set. You can dream however big you want and set goals from there. 

When you do so, you put yourself out of your comfort zone. You give yourself countless opportunities to improve. You grow to become a version of yourself that is so spectacular that you will think this is all a dream, except it isn’t. This is reality. You have reaped what you sowed. You have achieved the impossible and elevated your life to a whole new level

And the thing is, this applies to whether you achieve your goal or not. If you achieve your goal, it would be truly brilliant. However, if you did not achieve your goal, you would still have progressed to a whole new level, just like Les Brown said. The moon is your goal but if you did not reach the moon, you would still land among the stars. And if you look at Earth from the stars, you can’t help but smile at the progress that you have made.



5. Goals Keep You Focused

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” 

– Henry Ford


Let’s do something fun.

Imagine being Captain Jack Sparrow. You are sailing out at sea and you take out that compass of yours, the one that points according to what the owner wants most. The compass points to the direction where you can achieve your goal. 

Immediately, you set course and look through your telescope in the direction of your goal.

If you are near your goal, you can see your goal through the telescope. 

However, what you will not see is what is outside the telescope’s area of vision – the obstacles in the way of your goal – the stormy seas, the British East India Company, other pirates, etc. 

The point I am trying to make is, goals help you focus on the only truly important thing to you right now. Other things, even if they are obstacles hindering your progress, are not important. This is because if you want to achieve your goal badly, you would stop at nothing to get it, even if it means overcoming whatever obstacles along the way. 

You keep your eyes on your goal, push through to it, and achieve it. That is the power of goals in keeping you laser-like focused. 



6. Goals Can Be Set Anytime And Anywhere You Want To

Goals are like your mindset. You can set goals anytime and anywhere. And when you do so, you put on a new perspective, a new way of thinking. This new way of thinking aids you in achieving your goal.

By being able to set goals anytime and anywhere, you can start improving your life anytime and anywhere too. 



How To Create A Goal, Specifically A SMART Goal? 

As the acronym SMART goal suggests, there are five components to make a SMART goal. 

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. 

It is a set of guidelines for one to set more effective goals, not just goals in general. Each of the 5 components are there for a reason and any missing components significantly weakens the effectiveness of a SMART goal.

To learn more in-depth about how to create a SMART goal, you can click here to read my article: SMART Goal – Its Importance And How To Create One.

Just to give you an idea of what will be discussed in the article, here is my explanation of the first component – Specific



A SMART goal should be clear and specific. Upon looking at your goal, you should be able to know clearly whether you have achieved your goal. 

You could try using the 5W1H method as seen below to make the goal clearer but some parts may interfere with the other components of a SMART goal. The more specific the goal is, the clearer and easier for you to achieve it without any doubt.

For example, let’s say I would like to score well for my examinations that are coming in a few months’ time. However, simply writing ‘I would like to score well for my examinations’ as a goal is too ambiguous. To transform it into a SMART goal, answer these questions:

  • What do you want to achieve? 
  • Who are the parties involved?
  • Where would I like to achieve this goal?
  • Which resources do I need? Which challenges are most likely going to give me a difficult time achieving my goal?
  • Why do I want to accomplish this goal? Why is it so important to me?
  • How do I achieve this goal? 


Again, you can click here to read my article: SMART Goal – Its Importance And How To Create One.



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A former 'A' Level student heading into university next year, is passionate to help others excel in school! He regularly shares tips and strategies on various aspects of school, focusing mainly on studying, time management, and organizing.

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