A stated goal is good. A written goal is better. But a written goal that is detailed, well organized, and prioritized is powerful! It’s a vehicle and a road map with directions to your dreams — not to mention a great source of fuel for your desire to get there. If there’s something you’ve wanted to do or be but haven’t yet, I encourage you to accept the challenge, grab a pen and paper, and begin today!
- Start with a written statement of what you want to accomplish. What is your major goal?
- Think of when you want to achieve your goal. Write down that date.
- Fast forward to this date. Imagine that you have arrived and have reached your goal. Write a description — in as much detail as possible — about how it looks, feels, etc.
- Describe how your life and the lives of your loved ones have changed. How does that feel?
- Imagine that you have arrived at your goal date and you have not achieved your goal. Write a description — in as much detail as possible — about how it looks, feels, etc. Describe how not reaching your goal may have changed your life and the lives of your loved ones. How does that feel?
- Think about all the action steps you’ll need to take in order to reach your goal and write them down. List your steps in order of importance and priority.
- Make a deadline. Next to each action step, write the date you will need to accomplish it in order to hit your major goal target date. At this point, you may need to adjust your target date. If you do, no worries, it’s part of the process.
- Get ready because now it’s time to begin your journey! Take action on your first action step.
- Add fuel to your desire and review your written goal every day, share it with trusted friends who will agree to hold you accountable to follow through with your action steps … and above all, keep your eye on the prize!
— Renee Jardin
Renee is our Life Coach/Advisor and is always ready to help with your student life. We encourage you to contact Renee throughout your time at Animation Mentor (and even after graduating, too).