Setting Goals

Caitlin - Willcox, Arizona
Entered on June 21, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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It’s December thirty-first, and all of America is having New Year’s Eve parties, or watching the ball drop in Time Square. The next day they will wake up at noon and make empty promises to themselves about how they will lose twenty pounds by the end of the year, or quit smoking, right after this cigarette. I believe that these vacant vows people make to themselves can be fulfilled. I believe that through goal setting, the world will become a better, more responsible and fulfilled place.

I personally have reaped many rewards from the goal-setting process. I have become a more responsible person, and also a person that anyone can count on at any time. I believe that unless you write a goal down, it is just a wish. In order to accomplish a goal you have to set a date to finish it, not just sometime in the future, or when you have time, an actual date.

Right now I am working on a six-year program, that helps me set goals for myself and execute them. This program has seven categories, in which I am to complete five goals for each category, for a total of thirty-five goals. Most of these goals take about two weeks to complete. In addition to those goals, I also need to plan and carry out seven projects that take a minimum of ten hours to accomplish. In this program, I am to write down the date I started the goal, and a date when I will finish it. Also, after I have succeeded in completing my goal, I write down how I did it, and what I felt and learned while doing it.

After setting goals and becoming accustomed to the process, I have gained a great deal of self-discipline. Success of a goal should not be measured by completion of a certain goal, but by what you learn on the way to completing a goal. Success should be gauged by our progress. I have found that sometimes setting large goals is overwhelming, and it makes it less stressful if I split large goals into smaller ones.

I believe that any goal can be fulfilled and that the world will be an enhanced, and a more responsible place. The goal-setting process is one that has made me a hardworking, responsible person, and I believe that it can do this for the rest of the world as well.