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What are the steps you need to take to accomplish your goals in life?

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To give students different ways of achieving goals! #career #career-development #career-goals #achievements

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I think something that is often overlooked when one sets out on a predetermined path is that sometimes, "opportunity knocks" in a way we never expected. So for that reason, I say it is important to not be so focused on going where we intended that we don't stop to explore the possibility of a different path.

For example: During my last few days at the police academy, an instructor approached me about an opportunity to go to work for a major insurance company handling insurance fraud investigations. All I could think of was, "why is he trying to get me to leave law enforcement? I just got here!" I never realized what he was trying to do FOR me, as I thought he was working against me!

Fast forward 25 years, I was involved in a lawsuit, and, because that lawyer saw a lot of potential in me as we worked on my case, he asked me to do some part-time work for him. Had I never met him, that would never have presented itself as an opportunity. While I did not go looking for it, it definitely fit with my interests.

So, while most people will talk about research, staying focused, studying, etc., I am here to tell you: keep your eyes and ears open, and be willing to consider other opportunities that come your way! If someone says, "hey, would you be interested in going into xyz business with me?" don't be too quick to say no. Instead, say "that sounds rather interesting. Let me give it some thought. Can we touch base sometime next week?"

The world is full of wonderful surprises!


Last updated Apr 26 '17 at 10:43 PM

One approach to finding success through your goals is to continue to be a lifelong learner. Each goal that you venture out upon overcoming will present a unique set of challenges. To conquer these challenges you need to be continuously growing your knowledge and expertise. Have a passion for what you do (what goals you hope to achieve) and the learning part will take care of itself. Best of luck, Gerard

Last updated Apr 28 '17 at 08:46 PM

It is important to learn time management skills to help you reach your goals. Assuming you've spent time getting to know yourself and identifying a goal, such as graduating from high school or applying to a college, keep a calendar and mark down deadlines for reaching objectives that will lead to your goal. For example, if your goal is to get at least a B on a final exam, make the objectives (steps toward goals) review of the different chapters or units you have been learning and put in your schedule dedicated study time for each one. Then stick to your schedule. Time management skills help you spend time where it is most important to you, rather than just on what comes up and seems urgent at the moment. Another thing about reaching goals is that it is important to re-evaluate them from time to time. Is my goal realistic? Is it something I still want? Do I have new experiences or information that are causing me to reconsider and make a new goal?

Last updated May 06 '17 at 05:18 AM
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