Pursuing the Dream
"The key is not the will to win... everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important." - Bob Knight.
Striving to achieve your academic dreams starts with proper goal setting. Locke and Latham (1990, 2010) developed Goal Setting Theory and found that setting specific, challenging goals lead to better performing individuals. Understandably, their research also showed that when people perform better they view themselves in a better light and understand how to accomplish goals and can reevaluate and continue on in pursuit of their goals when times get difficult.
Goal Setting is about how you want to live your life. With it you have the opportunity to improve yourself and your situation in the different areas of your life. While we look specifically at academic goals, it is important to view yourself on the whole and see how goal setting can work in all areas of your life. Just remember that preparing for success now will save time and energy in the long run!
Locke, E.A., & Latham, G.P. (1990). A theory of goal setting and task performance. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Locke, E.A., & Latham, G.P. (2002). Building a practically useful theory of goal setting and task motivation: A 35-year odyssey. American Psychologist, 57, 705–717.