“Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.”
You know how some people always say that SPM does not matter? However, I found it only partially true because SPM is the key to your future. It plays a great role in deciding your path. You might think, “How did some still succeed even though they flunked their examinations?”
Success does not come without determination. If one is being persistent in achieving their goals, eventually they will get it. You, yourself, know your limit. You are not going to know unless you give it a try. Push yourself to the furthest and keep moving forward. Successful people do not stop once they achieved their goals, they create new ones and aim for the moon.
So, here are a few steps that could help you get started:
1. Set your goals.
Think big and think ahead. As we get distracted easily, it is difficult to accomplish even a small goal. Prioritize your goals by deciding what truly motivates you and will positively impact your life. It could be your family, friends, health, or even career.
2. Think SMART.
S – Specific
The less specific a goal is, the harder and longer it takes for you to achieve it. Compare the goals of getting a Dean’s List Award versus to study hard. To get the Dean’s list is much more specific than to study hard.
M – Measurable
Some goals may be measured as ‘achieved’ or ‘not achieved’ to determine success. For instance, partnering up with your friend and doing a questionnaire can help to measure your success. An alternative measure is to use the marks for your quizzes and tests done in class to track your progress. Without access to an efficient way in measuring your success, you might want to consider restructuring your goal.
A – Attainable
How can your goal be achieved and what is your action plan? Do you have the capabilities to achieve it? If not, what are you lacking? These questions should help you in discovering the detailed action plan for you in working towards your goal. If there are too many actions that could be taken, you can break it down to ‘manageable’ or ‘attainable sub-goals’.
R – Relevant
Each and every goal should be relevant. Common mistake is that people have too many goals and they try to pursue them all at once. Unless it is a long term goal, you gain nothing from achieving it. For example, you are a Mathematics student but you are interested in learning about sea creatures. Even though having the knowledge would be nice, the goal is irrelevant to your overall life plan.
T – Time Bound
The most important thing is deadlines for your goals . Your goals must be set to be achieved in a certain duration of time as it will build a sense of urgency to accomplish it. Having short-term goals are good in keeping you productive. So, as long as you keep the time limit in mind, it will push you to actually do what needs to be done.
3. Write down your goals
People are most likely to be attracted to visual stuff especially the pretty ones. Therefore, write your goals in a planner or sticky notes in order to help you remember your goals. Besides, it could lift up your spirit by seeing them everyday. Those are positive affirmations you make to yourself.
4. Think and Solve
List down the possible obstacles and solutions to go through this journey. Students could be absorbed in entertainment such as games and movies. It could drive them away from their focus but do not worry, it can be solved by limiting the number of hours to have fun.
Just as what it says, FOCUS! Imagine the satisfaction you will receive once you accomplished it. Constantly remind yourself of the goals and the rewards you will get to help you from deviating the course.
Have passion and work hard. Nothing comes easy (except a broken heart). It could be hard and overwhelming yet rewarding when you finally achieved your goals. Last but not least, keep your head in the game. Good Luck! 🙂
Written by,Aliya Nur Najiehah
Edited by,Rayvathi a/p Theivindran