Goal setting is very important in life, especially at the beginning of the year. Without goal, there is no direction, no ambition, no dream to be successful, no drive to stay in school, and there is trouble doing anything meaningful with your life.
This was the thrust of our first meeting for January 2017 at Girls Arise Initiative. Perhaps it was the first time many of them would be coming face to face with having specific goals and working hard to achieve it.
What is a Goal? This was the question asked by the convener, Aunty Aramide. The torrents of answers given by the girls can include- Goal can be anything you want to achieve, desired outcome or result you want to see. Obviously, we set goals everyday even though we might not be conscious of it.
“A goal can be your future ambition; a goal can be a desire to be the best in your class. You can set a goal to be a graduate at 20. A goal is anything you want and you are willing to achieve at a particular time.”
Goal Setting is the process of deciding what you want to achieve and devising a plan and strategy to achieve the goal; so it is more than wishful thinking. To achieve good results, you need to devise way to achieve them. An adage says “if you fail to plan, you have planned to fail”
Why Goal Setting? This was another question
Goal setting should be an integral part of everyone’s life. It is necessary for every girl to set goals especially at the early stage of her life. For you to achieve anything, you must have a goal. As a young girl, your life should be guided and directed towards a specific goal. It helps you have a laid down plan for every day and helps you walk on the right path. Goal setting gives direction to your life and future. It brings orderliness and consciousness to your actions as a young girl.
How Do You Achieve Your Goals?
To achieve any goal, you need to first put them down; a goal not written is a wish. Outline your plans towards your goal. How do you intend to achieve being a graduate at 20? You need to have written plans that would guide your daily step towards the goal. Goal Setting gives an insight into what you really want and how to get it.
Everybody has somethin
they want, the problem is “can you achieve it”. Goal setting helps you achieve your goal, especially if you work hard towards it. To achieve a goal, follow these steps
· Write them down. Always remember a goal not written is a wish.
· How do you intend to achieve it? Write down your strategy and rules.
· Follow them.
· Write out the challenges and proffer solutions to them
· Pray to God
With all these, you will discover that you are on the right track to achieving your goal, said Aunty Aramide. With this also, the stage was set for both girls and boys clubs to resume school and set their goals for academic excellence.