If you are reading this article, you have probably faced the situation when you start a semester highly motivated to receive new knowledge and good grades, but then you stop caring. Sometimes, I ask my students why they struggle hard to become top-performers at college. Usually, I get different answers: “I want to excel in my major,” “I want to get a good job after college,” “I do not want to disappoint people who believe in me,” etc. So, why do they lose such a strong motivation only after several months of a new semester? The answer is really obvious. These students have indefinite aspirations for the future. On the contrary, young people who set concrete goals are more likely to achieve them. You may easily check whether your goal is specific by simply articulating it. If you cannot do this, you have to make another important step in setting an actionable and motivational goal. Ask Yourself:
- How do you expect your life to change after college?
- How do you see your future?
- What do you expect from your major after graduation?
- Why do you want a well-paid job? What does it mean to you? Owning a big mansion, a luxurious car and a vacation in Bali?