Have you ever set a goal and later down the road realize you would not be able to achieve it?
For many people, goal setting is a scary task that causes anxiety and an opportunity for failure. Today, I am going to go discuss the three virtues to consider when setting a goal and tips for when you decide what want to achieve. Let’s talk about values. The three main elements of having a successful chance of achieving your goals are the perspective you take, being flexible with your time and having some grit to accomplish anything.
Setting your perspective. This is the vision you associate with the objective you hope to accomplish. This should be the direction, path, and destination you envision but at the same time, you should be able to anticipate the obstacles that might get in the way. Make the path that you will follow day-by-day rather so that it is more specific and realistic to complete the task than just setting stepping stones that are generic or too broad. Calendars are a great way to follow the path you have set and foreshadow how to designate your time to be more productive. Here is a link to seven different apps that can help you organize your goals and create a calendar so that you finish them here. Do not be afraid if your goal needs to be revised because life can change and force you to follow a new path that may not align perfectly with the objective you originally set.
How far can you stretch? Take it from someone who practices yoga every week, flexibility does not come naturally. Your goals should also be able to bend with the course of your life. You should never be at the point of breaking but rather extending until you cannot go any farther. If you feel that your goal cannot bend the direction you need it to so that you are successful in school or work, it is time to revise and reset your perspective. You will also need to have the ability to step out of your comfort zone and live in the moment. Juggling multiple components of your life can be stressful, but like I said in the previous paragraph about understanding your perspectives, following a schedule or making your life more organized through a calendar can help ease the stressful nature of a busy life.
Get some Grit. The definition fo grit is to have courage and be able to resolve while understand your strength of character.One of my new favorite TED talks that I recently watched is by Angela Lee Duckworth and is known as Grit: The power of passion and perseverance. Duckworth takes her knowledge of being a seventh-grade math teacher to create better understanding of what makes a student successful when comparing test scores and I.Q. She came up with the hypothesis that in order to achieve the grade that you desire, or in your case the goal you wish to complete, you must have the willpower to be persistent and have some grit. You can find the link to Duckworth’s talk is here.
I spoke to a fellow student who is studying Biology at the University of Florida and getting a masters while doing research in a combined degree program.
Ms. Alvarez spoke to me about finding a path and having the determination to continue to pursue this path even when the world seems against you.
“What keeps me going is that I know I’ll be bringing myself full circle. I want to help other people or even my own children to have the same opportunity to learn everything that I learned,” said Sara Alvarez. “That’s why I would love to be a professor. I get to teach this information to students and they can decide what to do with it. Freedom of knowledge and information is what makes America so great. The fact that we get to share all these ideas with each other.”
Well-rounded, that is what Ms. Alvarez strives to become everyday.
Goals give you a focus because without objects your abilities will be rendered useless due to the fact you have no motivation to inspire to be a better version of yourself. Use the steps of setting your perspective, becoming flexible, and using grit to take advantage of your opportunities. The photo above was taken by myself in the lab where Ms. Alvarez demonstrates the work you must put in to reach your goals.
Here is a quote to help you achieve a successful, healthy mindset to reach your goals.
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
– Thomas Jefferson