When I first started university, I really didn’t know what I was doing.  In fact, looking back now, I can honestly say that I was pretty clueless for most of my first year at university.  I applied to two schools, but only had intentions of going to one, which luckily I was accepted to.  But, once there, I felt overwhelmed by all the options in front of me and the fact that I had to make all these decisions about my future that seemed as hazy as the fog that rolled around our campus on cool wintery days.

Photos by MaddoxSo, much like 99% of first year students I met, I decided to ignore all of these vague feelings of uncertainty and just go with it.  After all, I couldn’t really think of what else I was going to do with my life other than go to university.  Luckily, a friend of mine recommended that I read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which turned out to be a life changing book for me as it motivated me to become a more proactive & positive person.  One of Covey’s best advice is to be goal-oriented, which I’ve discovered is one of the easiest and hardest thing you can ever do in life.  Setting goals, much like anything in life requires focus, discipline and a plan.  Goals are the building blocks to your success and a source of inspiration that you can draw upon during those low moments in life when you need to be picked up.   I’ll blog more about setting goals in future posts, but for now, here are my top 9 tips for setting goals to help you achieve university success!

  1. Write your goals down & always keep them with you – having your list of goals with you at all times is a great motivational tool and helps keep you focused
  2. Set concrete & specific goals – write down goals with definite deadlines and objectives
  3. Set larger, longer-term goals – make sure to note big, sometimes seemingly unattainable goals. You should always dream big!
  4. Set smaller, short term goals – make sure these are related to your longer term goals as they are the stepping stones to achieving them.
  5. Don’t be afraid to tell people of your goals – In fact, you should tell as many people as you can what you’re hoping to accomplish. This will keep you motivated and accountable to yourself.
  6. Surround yourself with people who will support your ambitions –  be with people who think and have the same goals as you and stay away from people who are clearly not going to help you achieve your goals.
  7. Challenge yourself & work hard – you’ll never achieve your biggest goals if you never stretch beyond your comfort zone & push yourself!
  8. Don’t let setbacks deter you – it’s a proven fact that you’re probably going to fail the first time you try something. But, those who are successful in life are usually the one who get up and try again.
  9. Success starts with your attitude – Stay positive and don’t waste your energy on the things you can’t control & that have happened in the past.  The future is yours to make.