There’s a running joke when it comes to New Year’s resolutions: set them with your buddies, but don’t think too much of them. After all, its’ not like you’ll accomplish any of your resolutions anyway. It’s a common joke but that doesn’t mean that we think it’s super funny. We have a lot of work to do in how we perceive our life goals. If you’re not going to keep any of your New Year’s resolutions, what is the point of any of it? Is it just something catchy to think about? Do you want to improve your life, or just talk about it with all of your friends? These are tough questions to tackle all at once, and over such a broad subject as life.
So let’s get a little more specific and talk about your education. For many students, January is the start of yet another semester. You might feel a little weary realizing this, depending on how long you have to go on your education. If you’re close to graduation, then you might feel a little anxious. On the other hand, getting to work closer on your goals can be very exciting.
Goals matter, because without goals we’re little more than animals that walk upright. That might sound harsh, but when you think about it, society has flourished in part due to the goals that we set as a culture. Civilization was all about goals in motion, from building methods of transport all the way up to the first skyscraper. Humans thrive when they are challenged. Unfortunately, we live in a culture now that favors slacking off and setting weak goals that we just blow off over morning mimosas.
Don’t let New Year’s resolutions infect your education. It’s perfectly okay to go home to your parents and enjoy the holidays. But a lot of people saunter back to school with an attitude that they don’t have to work hard and focus. Education is something that has changed lives for hundreds of years. Why would you squander what so many people could only dream about? Education used to be a privilege set aside for only the elite of a society. Now the bar is set low enough so that anyone with enough drive can change their lives if they so desire to do so.
It’s up to you to take your education back, but you might not be sure how to do that.
To get started, take the time to write all of your goals down. It might sound silly, but the human brain tends to forget everything in good time. It’s better to actually avoid leaving things till the last minute. Seeing your goals on paper can make you strive to hit them harder than if they float around in your head without any real definition.
Put a reminder on your calendar to go back and view your goals regularly. Weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly are all great intervals. Yes, that’s right: include as many intervals and milestones as possible. Don’t just leave it for birthdays and holidays, or nothing gets done.
Finally, can you find someone that will light a fire underneath you to get things in motion? We all have that one friend that always seems to have a word of encouragement for us, especially when we’re feeling low. But that same friend that offers the olive branch can turn around and offer the thorns. They will keep you focused when you need to be focused, but also remind you to take a few breaths and enjoy everything that life has to offer.
The next steps are up to you, but hopefully you’ll take action as far as your educational goals are concerned. Good luck!