It’s About Time:Turning What You Want Into Goals You Can Achieve Carolyn Rubin, M.S. Ed Yeshiva University Associate Director of Academic Support 116 Laurel Hill Terrace 646-685-0109 firstname.lastname@example.org
A goal is a dream with a deadline (Napoleon Hill 1883-1970)
To improve my grades To go to college To get a job To learn how to play an instrument To visit my cousin in California To get along with my family To be a famous singer What Do I Want?
Make your wants a reality by creating SMART goals
Specific Measurable Action Realistic TimeWhat are SMART goals?
SpecificNot specific: I want to improve my grades.Specific: I want to raise my grade in science by 5 points by the end of the term. What specific result do I want?
MeasurableNot measurable: I want to lose a lot of weight.Measurable: I want to lose 10 pounds by June 1 and will weigh myself every Monday for the next 3 months.How will I measure my progress?
ActionIncorrect:I will study to improve my grades.Correct: I will read the textbook and review my notes for 20 minutes twice a week.What action do I need to take?
RealisticNot realistic: I want to score 50 points in the next basketball game.Realistic:I want to hit 7 out of 10 free throws.Is this something I can achieve?
TimeIncorrect: I want to learn to play an instrument.Correct:I want to learn to play the “Star Spangled Banner” on piano by June 15. What is the time frame for my goal?
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal (Henry Ford)
Fear of failure Not sure how to get started You can’t make me do it Who wants to do that? Lack of energy or focus It needs to be perfect Why do you procrastinate?
Based on Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen CoveyHow Should I Spend My Time?