goals

Goals

1 SEMINAR

Goals are a powerful driving force of human behaviour. It's probably the very reason you are on this website - you have a goal, a target for improving your students' grades or your school’s profile. You may have noticed that those of your students who have a clear goal in mind are also the most motivated. Conversely, those of your students who lack a clear goal are likely those who need constant pushing.

Goals are a powerful driving force of human behaviour. It's probably the very reason you are on this website - you have a goal, a target for improving your students' grades or your school’s profile. You may have noticed that those of your students who have a clear goal in mind are also the most motivated. Conversely, those of your students who lack a clear goal are likely those who need constant pushing.

Research by Dr David Kohl of Virginia Tech University has found that those who write down their goals have nine times the success of those who do not write them down. But his research indicates only 20% of people have goals and of those only 10% take the time to write them down.1

When broken down into manageable chunks, goals can help your students achieve the seemingly impossible. Goals provide your students will clarity and focus. Compare a student who wants to study Medicine at Oxford University to help sick children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (a clearly defined life goal) to a student who would ‘maybe like to do something science-related’ in the future. The first student has a clear target to aim for and knows what must be done to achieve her big goal. The second student has no clear target and she is unaware if she is falling short.

In many ways goals are like coursework deadlines. If what is required for the coursework is not clearly defined and no deadline is set, the quality of the work would be low, if it would be submitted at all.

Goals (1.5 hours)

In this seminar your students will learn:

  • 1

    Why the most successful people in the world set goals.

  • 2

    How setting big life goals can help push them to achieve seemingly impossible things.

  • 3

    How to turn hopes and dreams into specific and measurable short term and long term goals.

  • 4

    How to break down daunting, big goals into manageable chunks.

  • 5

    Ways to maintain enthusiasm and motivation once a goal has been set.

  • 6

    The importance of anticipating and preparing for the inevitable obstacles.

  • 7

    How to track progress and stay on target.

References:

1. Troy Wilson and David Kohl, “Business Planning: A Roadmap for Success,” Agricultural Marketing, 1997, http://agmarketing.extension.psu.edu/Business/WhtIsBusPlan.htm