Set realistic goals at semester’s start

School is in session! Or more accurately, college is back in session. Another year is beginning, full of challenges, new adventures, high expectations and social events happening on campus. One of the most important questions we all ask ourselves from time to time is, “How am I going to fit everything into my day to accomplish my goals for this year?” More importantly, “Am I doing the things today that will lead to success tomorrow and into the future?”

The first year students that are transitioning from the end of a high school career to college, you are entering a new phase of your life. For those that are heading into your second or third year of college, career paths are suddenly beginning to take shape. To the seniors, this is all routine; hopefully you are making the most of your last year of college and are well on your way to starting over again and heading into a chosen career path utilizing the knowledge gained over the last four years.

One process is certain: Life is an ever-changing adventure. Depending on what phase of development you are in, there are some aspects that will remain constant. Here are just a few thoughts to ponder. If careful consideration is taken with each one of these, you will without a doubt set yourself up to succeed.

Set goals — realistic, attainable goals.

Be prepared to make sacrifices to stay on track.

Be honest with yourself and evaluate where you are and where you want to be.

Have a plan and a vision for your future.

Make good choices. Oftentimes, choices we make carelessly hold us back and distract us from meeting our goals.

Last and most importantly, “Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

Pastor Matthew Allen is the youth and young adult pastor at Free Indeed Christian Fellowship in Perris, California. Before Free Indeed, Allen pastored at a skate park in Moreno Valley. He’s been an ordained pastor for 10 years.

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