How to set goals and achieve them. A step-by-step guide for schoolchildren


Greetings, dear reader! Today we will talk about a topic that is relevant to every person, regardless of age, profession or hobbies. It will be about setting goals and achieving them.

Setting goals is an important skill that helps us navigate life, move forward and achieve what we want. The ability to set goals and achieve them is the key to success in school, career, personal life and in all other areas.

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What is a goal and how does it differ from a dream?

Goal – this is a specific, desired result that we want to achieve in a certain period of time. The goal should be SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

Dream – this is our idea of the desired future, but it is not always defined specifically and has a time frame.

Why is it important to set goals?

✔️ Goals help us move forward. When we know what we want, we start looking for ways to achieve our goal.
✔️ Goals motivate us. When we see a goal in front of us, we get to work with great enthusiasm.
✔️ Goals help us overcome difficulties. When we know why we are doing something, it is easier for us to cope with obstacles.
✔️ Goals help us achieve success. Achieving goals increases our self-esteem and self-confidence.

How to set goals for a student correctly?

1. Define your desires.

  • What do you want to achieve in life?
  • What are your dreams?
  • What do you dream about?

2. Write down your goals.

  • This will help you visualize them and make them more real.

3. Break down big goals into small ones.

  • This will make it easier for you to achieve them.

4. Determine the time frame for achieving each goal.

  • This will help you not to put things off for later.

5. Make a plan of action.

  • How will you achieve each goal?
  • What resources will you need for this?

6. Tell other people about your goals.

  • This will help you gain the support of your family and friends.

7. Track your progress.

  • This will help you stay on track and motivate you to move on.

How not to give up and go to your dream?

  • Remember your goals.
  • Every time it’s hard for you, remember what you want to achieve.
  • Visualize your goal.
  • Imagine how you have already achieved your goal.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
  • Communicating with optimistic people will energize you and help you not give up.
  • Never stop learning.
  • The more you know, the easier it will be for you to achieve your goals.

SMART Goals Table

Criteria Description Example
Specific The goal should be clearly formulated and understandable. Not: “I want to be successful.” Yes: “I want to go to the university of my dreams and get a degree with honors.”
Measurable The goal should be measurable so that you can track your progress. Not: “I want to learn English.” Yes: “I want to learn English to Intermediate level in 1 year.”
Attainable The goal must be realistic and achievable. Not: “I want to become an astronaut before the age of 18.” Yes: “I want to take part in a space program for schoolchildren.”
Appropriate The goal should be relevant to your interests and goals. Not: “I want to become a doctor because that’s what my mom wants.” Yes: “I want to become a doctor because I like helping people and I want to save lives.”
Time-bound (ограниченная по времени) The goal must have a time frame. Not: “I want to lose weight.” Yes: “I want to lose 10 kg in 3 months.”

How to set goals. Recommendations

  • Use visualization. Imagine how you have already achieved your goal. This will help you believe in yourself and motivate you.
  • Find yourself a mentor. This may be a person who has already achieved what you want. A mentor can give you valuable advice and support.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you need help, do not hesitate to contact friends, family, teachers or other people.
  • Celebrate your achievements. Every step you take towards your goal is worth celebrating.

At Oxbridge International School, we help our students set goals and achieve them.

✔️ Our teachers are experienced professionals who will help you define your goals and develop a plan to achieve them.
✔️ We offer our students various programs and opportunities to develop their skills and achieve their goals.
There is an atmosphere of support and mutual assistance in our school, which will help you not give up and go towards your dream.

If you want to learn more about how to set goals and achieve them, we invite you to visit our website. At Oxbridge International School, we strive to create an enabling environment for every student using best practices and approaches. And for more information and useful articles, we invite you to visit our blog. You can also contact us by phone at +998 (90) 900-50-55 or visit our Oxbridge International School website.

We will be happy to help you on the way to your dream!

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