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7 Goal Setting Tips for Students this Year | Crown Institute of Studies


Creating goals and having the motivation and commitment to see them through is vital for anyone seeking to get ahead in their career. However, it can be difficult to know how to take that first step forward, or what you should even consider when choosing your goals. To help you out, here are seven goal setting tips to think about for this coming year!

1.Choose goals that align with your values

When thinking about the future, choosing goals that align with your interest and life values are always a good place to start. Look anywhere online or in books, and you will find the saying “follow your passions.” Interest is the main driving force that keeps you doing anything in your life. Goals can seem meaningless and be hard to commit to if you don’t feel invested in where you’re working and what you’re doing.

Goals that work with your values are a lot easier to follow through with, and will be more valuable to you when you accomplish them.

2. Be specific

Vague goals inspire very little action. The best goals are specifically defined, measurable, and clear.

A tip for removing vagueness from your goals list is to give yourself a deadline to work towards. If you have a timeframe in mind, you’ll be better equipped to prioritise your time to your advantage. Plus, a little pressure can be a good motivational push to keep moving forward.


3. Have a realistic timeframe and be patient

The surest way to give up on a dream is to push yourself too hard all at once and then run out of steam.

When you’re trying to smash out your goals, don’t forget to be patience and have belief in yourself to see your dreams through. Slowly. Goals don’t happen overnight. When people plan rushed goals with unrealistic timeframes, that adds a lot of unnecessary stress and makes the whole process unenjoyable. This is what makes people drop new year’s resolutions early on, so don’t fall into this trap!


4. Enjoy the ride

The road to success is often undervalued by people who only fixate on the end destination. To put it plainly, enjoy the experiences and the memories you make along the way. Your dreams will be even more valuable and worth the effort.


5. Think BIG and be OPEN

Our potential is only as high as we allow ourselves to climb. Make dreams for yourself that challenge you to grow in the biggest way possible, because you are always more capable than you give yourself credit for.

Dream big and be open-minded to trying new things along the way. Gaining new experiences will give you the confidence and expertise to make great choices in the future.


6. But break it down into little steps

Dreaming big is great, but no one cares to admit that big dreams, goals, or tasks can be daunting. When we get scared, we get paralysed, and that hinders our progress.

To combat this, break down your big goal into smaller ones by listing down the incremental steps you’ll need to take to get to where you need to go. For example, if you dream of founding a new business, your list will likely include things like finding a business opportunity that you’re passionate about, taking a business course, finding capital, and so on!

This way, you break down your big task into smaller, more actionable tasks that won’t scare you off!


7. Just start!

If you’re waiting for that perfect time to start, you’ve found it! There is no time more perfect to start than right now.

If you’re stuck trying to figure out which career option is right for you, don’t worry, there are many ways you can move forward. These ways include:


  • Talking to a student advisor to discuss your options and find out what is available.
  • Listening to lectures on varying types of study and then follow up on the subjects you found interesting.
  • You can even apply for short courses in Auckland in a field of your interest. There are plenty of short hospitality courses in NZ and other courses out there, readily available for you to use to your benefit by broadening your skillset and gain excellent work experience.

Go for Goal!

You already have all the tools you need to take that next step forward. Use these tips and find a future career that you really want to pursue.