Continuing Academic Success
According to “Dictionary.com”, success is “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors”. In brief, success is simply the realization of one’s aspirations. In order to gauge success, one must have a set of goals that can settle on whether or not that goal is achievable. Individual goal setting is the comprehension that comes out of a lot of practical experiences to facilitate lasting decisions, building up motivation to attain continuous success. Academic success is affected by many different factors, such as, effective planning, time management, motivation and of course creating goals. Strong intrinsic motivation is essential for working adults to persist and succeed in continuing education over the long term. This is because intrinsically motivated persons participate in learning for its own sake and perceive the learning to be meaningful. They enjoy learning, and are able to utilize various cognitive and self-regulating strategies which lead to deep mastery of knowledge and skills (Lee, P., & Pang, V., 2014). Research shows that students who are autonomously motivated persist longer, are better in organizing their learning activities, are more concentrated, engage in deeper learning, achieve higher grades, and feel better than students who are driven by controlled motivation. (Vanthournout, G., Gijbels, D., Coertjens, L., Donche, V., & Peter, V. P., 2012). Setting goals is a fundamental component to long-term success. The basic reason for this is that a person cannot get where he/she is trying to go until the location is clearly defined. Goal setting not only allows one to take control of his/her life's direction; it also provide a benchmark for determining whether a person is actually succeeding. It can be an easy task to undertake, however it does require some thinking. The goals that can lead to success should be well defined, computable, reachable, practical, and time limited. For example, one of my...
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