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Right now we are in the midst of a big shift in our lives. For you who are learning English, this is your gateway to your future whether it is for your degree or for business or even simply for travel purposes, there will always be a goal.
But a goal cannot just stand alone. Goals are really more like steps on a ladder. Maybe we do have one big goal that we want to achieve, and that is good, but after that, then what?
For most of you being able to speak English very well or getting your IELTS Band 6.0 will be your goal but you need to understand that for English that is just the beginning, then you have to actually pass your degree in English, conduct your business in English or use your English in an everyday setting.
So my suggestion is you break your goals down into achievable ones. The goal of becoming a native speaker is a real possibility, but when will you know?
Every goal needs to have a measuring point.
E.g. Goal 1: get an IELTS Band 6.
Then when you have achieved that goal, give yourself the next goal.
E.g. Goal 2: Complete my degree in English.
Then after that what is your next goal?
E.g. Get a job where I have to use English at least 50% of the day.
And so on.
Goals are one thing, but you need to be able to measure when you have achieved them or not. Then of course when you have achieved them, you need to congratulate yourself with something. Give yourself some kind of reward. But be sure to set your next goal too.
All the best with your goal setting and let me know what they are…maybe I will follow you and see how you achieve them!
- Personal goal setting http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html
- Set your goals and make them happen http://www.actionforhappiness.org/take-action/set-your-goals-and-make-them-happen
- How to set goals https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/notes-self/201308/how-set-goals
- Top 10 ways to set your goals http://topachievement.com/philhumbert.html