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Chapter 1 setting goals

  1. 1. HOW TO STUDY IN COLLEGE Chapter 1 – Setting Goals – A Self-Management Skill
  2. 2. Imaging – deeper than imagining <ul><li>Norman Vincent Peale’s concept of imaging: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vividly picturing a desired goal in your conscious mind; one holds this image until it enters the subconscious mind where it “releases great, untapped energies” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>With imaging, you do more than think about something you hope for; you see it with “tremendous intensity” to the point where the unconscious mind accepts it and is activated by it. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Your GPA – the best way to become a success <ul><li>G – Goal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal answers the question, “Where are you headed?” Cooks, basketball player examples . . . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>P – Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal is the destination, plan is the route to get you there . . . Essentially a map. Multiple routes . . . Which is the best one? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A – Action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With out action, goals and plans do no good. Be aware of roadblocks to taking action. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Goals <ul><li>Goal = destination </li></ul><ul><li>People set their lives full of major and minor goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minor – pass test, stay awake through class, pass driver’s test, finish chapter before dinner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Achieving goals can be a great help – small sense of victory propels toward bigger goals – basketball game example </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minor goals can be a way to help quicken your pace and cheer yourself on </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Major goals <ul><ul><li>Major – comes naturally to some, but as an agonizing decision for others. Choosing major goals means deciding what you value most in life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should be large/distant – a target you can aim for, something to inspire. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t let minor goals run your life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set realistic major goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time/fate can shift priorities; people change, and if you no longer view a major goal as important, abandon and replace it. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Making a plan <ul><li>What is the best route to your goal? </li></ul><ul><li>A “balancing act” between what you need/want/can pay (not always $) . . . The most efficient plan helps you meet the goal without costing too much. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan and proceed, but always consider different directions to see if you could achieve the goal more efficiently – polar route . . . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Making a plan <ul><li>Best way to come up with a plan for success : balance wise advice with personal experience (trial and error) to find a plan that works best for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Include some built in flexibility – specific, but not too detailed; allow “breathing room” </li></ul><ul><li>When things go wrong, don’t give up; adjust and keep going. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Taking Action (or not) <ul><li>Action - The spark that brings your goal and plan to life. </li></ul><ul><li>Procrastination – probably the greatest obstacle to success. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No single cause (fear of failure, fear of success, change in life, other responsibilities, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s a compulsion – once you start, it’s easy to keep going and difficult to stop. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Preventing procrastination <ul><li>Have a goal and plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Think of why you can instead of why you can’t. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan rewards for meeting the smaller steps that lead to your larger goal. </li></ul>