Happy New Year, scholars and families! Welcome to a new day, new month, new year, and new decade! You have 366 opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive. What goals do you have for this year? What is your plan to reach that goal? Who can help you reach that goal? How will you navigate challenges that may hinder your goal? How do you you plan to celebrate success, big or small?

January is my favorite month of the year. It holds the promise of fresh starts, new beginnings, and planning for the future. Seniors are counting down to June graduation. Juniors are preparing for spring SATs and ACTs. Sophomores are planning college visits. Freshmen are excited to finish their first year of high school. These four years will go fast, so you have to focus on your goals.

Here is a quick reminder about SMART goals.

  • Specific: focus on who, what, where, and why.
  • Measurable: are you able to track your progress?
  • Achievable: make your goal ambitious, but not outrageous.
  • Relevant: will this goal help you meet your personal interests and help you build new skills?
  • Time: when will you reach this goal? What is the deadline?

Here is an example of a SMART goal I created for The Scholar Connection.

  • Specific: I want to help five first generation college bound students apply to college in Hampton Roads, VA. My mission is to empower, educate, and elevate students towards their post-secondary goals.
  • Measurable: I can track my goals by monitoring my client list. I currently have two juniors on my caseload. I have room for three more students in the class of 2021.
  • Achievable: helping five students in the 2020-2021 school year is achievable!
  • Relevant: this goal helps me meet my personal interests as an educational consultant. I will build new skills in college counseling, career counseling, and public speaking.
  • Time: I will reach this goal by June 30, 2021.

So what’s your goal for 2020? Comment below! Let’s hold each other accountable for success for the next 366 days!

Published by fallondodson

I am a school counselor by day, and business owner by night!

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