Discussion Question

Review the “Reasonable SMART Goal Setting” tutorial and answer the following questions: How do you prioritize equally important goals? How do you maintain flexibility and focus in reaching these goals? There are different points and times in everyone’s life where one goal will overlap another or one goal will become more important than another. The ability to step back, take a second look and then reevaluate a problem or obstacle in order to come up with a new plan or solution is a very important skill. Everyone’s priorities are different; therefore what is important to one person may not be important at all to the next which leads everyone to make different choices based on those priorities. As a result, having flexibility in your plan in really important because you never know what life will throw at you next. For example, at any point in time, sick child, a flat tire, or some other unexpected event can block your way and throw a wrench into even the best laid plan.

Consider goals you have achieved in the past and compare them to goals that you have set but not achieved. What factors contributed to success? What lessons did you learn that you could apply for future achievements? When first became a parent I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going, I only knew I had to do it and wanted to do it well. Over the years with some practice, a lot of patience, and a little trial and error I was able to raise four pretty good kids. That particular goal was long term and there were many obstacles as well as other goals that challenged me, but in the end I stuck to it and followed it through. I believe that if I can apply the same skills and effort to my school work I will reach my goal of becoming a better student and eventually graduating in order to reenter the work force as a more educated, hardworking person. I think with the right drive and determination anyone can reach the goals they set for themselves.

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