Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker and life coach once said, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Many people agree that setting good goals well help you accomplish things that seem far-fetched or even impossible. Setting goals can be difficult, as they need to be attainable, yet lofty enough to make the goal-setter work to achieve them. As I begin my second school year at Westland High School, I need to set goals for myself that will challenge me to become not only a better student, but also a better person. Setting academic and social goals well allow me to do just that. This year, I want to get an advanced score on the writing portion of the Ohio Graduation Test, make the Westland varsity baseball team, and improve my overall attendance.
As the son of an English teacher, I have always excelled at reading and writing. This year, I want to get an advanced score on my OGT in writing. I feel that ...view middle of the document...
Social goals are just as important as academic ones. As a Westland baseball player, another goal I have this year is to make the varsity baseball team. I started playing baseball before I even began school and have been honing my skills ever since. I played for the freshman baseball team at Westland last year, and feel that with some work I could achieve a position on the varsity team. I am currently playing in a fall league which gives me some repetition that I would otherwise not get this time of year. I also plan on attending the “Open Field” fall baseball practices that Westland holds. These will provide even more repetition, as well as valuable weight training. As the team itself rebuilds after losing many seniors after last season, this goal seems very solid and attainable.
Attendance is an important aspect of a student’s life that is often overshadowed by grades and behavior, but is still very important. Last year I missed almost ten days of school, mainly for medical reasons. The days I missed last year were not necessarily my fault, but missing this much school created long days of making up work and playing the “catch-up” game. If this same thing were to happen this year, it would be even harder to stay on top of my grades due to tougher, more demanding classes. The final goal of mine is to miss far less days of school, with nearly perfect attendance for the year. I am in no way ashamed of my attendance last year, but I recognize that it needs to improve in order for me to be the best student I can be.
Successful goal setting has to orchestrate the right balance between being attainable, and also being challenging. I have set three goals for myself that will challenge me this school year and hopefully mold me into a better student and a better person. I have set a goal for my writing OGT score that will make me a better writer. My baseball goal should make me an ever better baseball player and push me to another level competitively. My attendance goal should make me more responsible and a better student. These goals will not be easy for me to reach, but with some work, are definitely possible. At the end of this school year, I hope to look back at these goals and realize I have become a better person because of them.