Keeping your goals in sight

If you’re like many other Americans, you made some New Year’s resolutions over Christmas break. Like many others, you have listed important goals you would like to achieve by the end of this year. The break, therefore, was a time to reflect and ponder, dream and envision what you want this new year to look like. So, when January 7th rolled around, like so many others, you hit the ground running.

However, the course load is already beginning to pile up as school imperceptibility begins to consume more of your time and energy. What’s more is it’s really cold outside and it is sapping your motivation to do anything but sit and vegetate.

What do we do in such times? And, just as importantly, what can we do to keep in focus the goals we have set on Jan 1st?

Well, one important thing to keep in mind is that you’re doing better than you think you are. You are at a wonderful and internationally acclaimed institution earning a degree. You are doing this because you want something. Perhaps you have not been perfect in striving towards it, but you are still here and taking classes and learning and growing.

Second, be patient with yourself. Improvement comes gradually and not all at once. Whether you are trying to improve physically, financially, or academically, arrival to a goal doesn’t happen all at once. Just like a coveted ‘A’ is the result of each attended lecture and each assignment turned in on-time, it is the same with goals.

 Be patient, it’s a process.

Third, have fun. One of the many advantages of being at a large university is being able to enjoy what we call “the college experience.” There are so many things to do and so many people to meet. Most likely, this type of atmosphere won’t occur anywhere else in your life. Enjoy your time here. There’s a lot to take pride in by being an Aggie.

 Lastly, dare. Dare, even if it means to just try again and persevere. “Dare mighty things,” Theodore Roosevelt once said. In that same vein, dare to dream and dare to continue putting one foot in front of the other as you work towards the things you value most.

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