The way I have always set goals for my future is by being aspirational as I can imagine; something I have done since I was a little girl. Maybe my aspirations when I were younger were quite bizarre in the sense that one day I would want to be a butterfly, and the next a ballerina, but it never hurt.
To this day, I choose to not limit myself to what I am currently capable of doing, but to what I know I will be able to do in the future. Your achievement can never be determined at a single point—it is measured and continual throughout your life, and your goals can be just as malleable.
I dream big. I never fail to see big things for myself, not in the narcissistic way, but in a sense that I believe in myself and empower myself to build a future that I will thrive upon. I set goals based on how much time I have to set that goal, and how much I can improve and develop myself to allow myself to achieve. For instance, I am currently in A-level, so right now, I know that although things don’t look so good right now, with time and practice and consistent improvement and evaluation, I can reach my dreams.
In the end, it is your self-motivation and perseverance that will render you to be a success.
I always envision myself in the future. I don’t know exactly what my life will look like 5 or 10 years from now, but I know what things I want to have in my life, and what things I don’t. The thought of having a successful future and being independent gives me so much hope and excitement, motivating me more than anything to keep on pushing through these years to reach that pinnacle. All we do now is for the long-term advantages that we gain. Like it goes, you reap what you sow.
For the women and girls out there, I wish to share a few tips on how start turning your dreams into reality:
Break down big goals down into more realistic, achievable goals.
- This will help you know exactly what you need to do to get to your big goal — like stepping stones! If a goal such as “I will be a famous author” feels unreachable, it’s smart to set an interim goal such as “I will enroll in a writing class this summer to improve my skills.” The pride you feel at completing each stepping stone goal will help motivate you to keep striding toward that bigger goal!
Research the education you need.
- If your goal is professional in nature, you will likely need certain skills or certifications. Some dreams, like becoming a doctor, require a lot of education. Start planning well in advance so that you know what direction you must go. Getting a degree or completing a training can also serve as an excellent “stepping stone” goal.
Get work experience.
- Having some professional experiences puts you at a great advantage, especially for university. Even a short internship where you go once or twice a week can help build a sense of responsibility and professionalism, which will help you later down the road as you apply for other programs and positions. It can help you figure out if the career field you have in mind is definitely for you!
Motivate yourself by looking into your future.
- Dwelling in the past is not very helpful when it comes to living your dreams. Keep yourself oriented on what’s next and make decisions based on how whether it will impact your future in the best way possible! Remember that the future holds limitless possibilities.
Arveen is a young blogger from London who enjoys writing poetry, playing violin, and motivating others to overcome life challenges. She lives by the mantra: Once in a while, blow your own mind. Define success on your own merit, achieve it on your own rules and build a life you are proud of and empowered by.