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Goal Setting

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

Goal setting

- What is goal setting? Goal setting is the process of deciding what you want to do or be and creating a plan to achieve those desired results. To make goal-setting successful, you need to decide what you want to do and you also have to work hard in order to accomplish whatever goal you have set. - Why is goal setting important?

When you set a goal, you become responsible for achieving it. You try to set a plan to achieve it and you become aware of your actions, efforts, learning styles and strategies, and even your time management skills. Setting a goal helps you think about and decide on an alternate plan when you face obstacles or if you fail to accomplish your goal.

- What is an effective goal? Make sure that your goal is a “SMART” one. “SMART” is an acronym and it means the following:

Specific: Make sure that your goal is clear and defined. If your goal is too general, you’ll feel overwhelmed and you’ll feel that it’s impossible to achieve your goal.

Measurable: You must be able to measure the progress toward your goal so you know whether you’ve accomplished it or not and at which point you have achieved it.

Achievable: Your goal should be within reach. It’s challenging but achievable through some hard work and some effort.


Realistic: Make sure that your goal is not too hard or too easy and make sure that it is relevant to your lifestyle.

Time limit: Think about what you want to accomplish in the next couple of weeks or by the end of the term.

A. Vocabulary:

- Process: (n) The number of actions that you take in order to achieve a goal.

- Achieve: (v) To succeed in finishing something or reaching a goal especially after a lot of hard work and effort.

- Desired: (adj) wanted

- Accomplish: (v) To finish something successfully.

- Learning style: (n) The way learners understand and retain information.

- Strategies: (n) (pl.) A detailed plan for achieving a goal.

- Alternate: (adj) A substitute plan that can be used if the first plan fails.

- Obstacle: (n) Something that stops/delays you from achieving your goal.

- Effective: (adj) Successful

- Acronym: (n) An abbreviation consisting of the first letters of each word in the name of something, pronounced as a word.

- Defined: (adj) Clear

- Overwhelmed: (adj) Feeling sudden strong emotion

- Relevant: (adj) Connected or related to something.


B. Answer the following questions:

1. There are 2 types of goals: short-term and long-term. Please give examples of each.



2. What is the most important thing that will help us accomplish our goals?


3. What is the next step after you’ve set a goal?


4. What do you think you should do if you face problems or fail to achieve your goal?


5. Give an example of a SMART goal.

Specific: __________________________________________________________________

Measurable: ______________________________________________________________

Achievable: _______________________________________________________________

Reasonable: ______________________________________________________________

Time limit: ________________________________________________________________



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