Goal-setting is powerful because it provides focus. The process of setting goals helps
you plan steps that will help you reach the outcome you want.
A well-set goal has five essential characteristics: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-related (SMART).
The research shows that specific and challenging goals lead to better performance
Download the smart goals worksheet (PDF).
Watch this YouTube video further explaining SMART Goals:
There are two main types of goals; short-term and long-term goals.
Short-term goals have a short time frame for accomplishment. Goals include things we are working on
today, tomorrow and next week. They are usually goals that you can accomplish within
a year. An example of a short-term goal – maintain a 3.0 GPA for the semester.
A long-term goal is a goal that is further in the future. Long-term goals represent what you want
to accomplish in one, two or several years, and long-term goals are considered the
primary targets for your life. Example of a long-term goal – complete my degree
in fine arts in four years.
Tip – To make sure that your short-term goals are leading to your long-term
goals, it’s a good idea to work from your long-term goals to generate your short-term
goals. Make sure that you are doing daily, weekly, and monthly things that reflect
the big picture of your long-term goals.
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Take GUID 109: 1 credit Career Exploration Seminar Find Your Career Path with the
guidance of an MCC counselor. Enroll today in a 16 or 8-week session.
Exploration of factors affecting career choice. Identification and discussion of individual
values, interests and abilities related to occupations. Overview of the world of work
related to career and academic planning. Expansion of career development knowledge,
skills and use of resources.
You can also choose to schedule individual sessions with an MCC counselor for career
exploration, personal and educational support counseling.
Why put it off? If you take classes without a career goal, you are less likely to
graduate and find a living-wage job. Make the most of the courses you take each semester
by having a career plan.
Achieving your goals can be rewarding, but sometimes you may face obstacles to reaching
your goals. An obstacle is any barrier that hinders you from achieving your goals.
There are two main types of obstacles – internal and external.
Internal obstacles are barriers within ourselves or the goal itself – such as a goal that lacks
the SMART elements. An external obstacle is a barrier or a situation that another person puts in your path. When you set your
goals, considering internal and/or external obstacles will help you develop a plan
to overcome them when and if they arise.
Put what you have just learned into action using this goal-setting worksheet (PDF). If you need help achieving your goals, please get in touch with a counselor on your
campus. We are happy to help!