BEST START is about making a BEST START every semester, not just your first semester.
You get a new start every month, every week, every day every class meeting - so, recommit to your BEST START with each step along your path to success.
Here are some BEST START steps to increase your chances of achieving your goals:
Goals are funny things: goals help us make our lives better, but they can become overwhelming if we're not careful. That's why it's important to think carefully about the goals you set and how you plan to achieve them.
Work smart! Breaking BIG GOALS into smaller steps makes them less intimidating. For example, your goal is to get an A in your class, and the smaller goals along the way are to get an A on this assignment and then an A on the test. If you work every day to achieve the smaller goals, you achieve your bigger goals.
This kind of goal setting is specific enough to achieve and the success you experience each step along the way builds confidence and helps you reach your long-term goals.
Have a plan and work your plan. Because a goal without a plan is just a wish.
Once you identify SMART goals, you need a plan to make them happen. A good plan gives you a strategy of small steps along the path to the BIG GOAL. Then work to take a step toward your goal every day or every week.
If your goal is an AA degree, PLAN to take the right classes that count toward your degree. Then plan your class schedule - including planning time to study. A successful plan includes scheduling time with a tutor to get extra help when you need it. PLAN to take advantage of Lone Star College resources and tools to stay on the path to success.
Although it sounds obvious, a goal will never become a reality unless you get connected. Donít just set a goal only to forget it a few weeks later. Start working on your goal immediately, even if youíre only taking small steps to make it happen.
Donít just tell your instructors your goals. Tell anyone and everyone who will listen and help you stay on the right path, friends, family, academic advisors ó make sure that everyone is on the same page to help you be successful in your goal.
Research shows that students who are actively involved with clubs and student organizations are more likely to complete their goals.
Surrounding yourself with people who have the same goals will keep you focused on the same outcome!
Now that you are on the right path to success, itís important to keep track of how youíre doing. Be honest with yourself. Figure out how to make changes if you stumble. Everyone slips from time to time. But measuring your progress can help you keep going.
By using any (but hopefully all) of the simple success strategies above to achieve your goals, you will have made your BEST START toward achieving your goals and continuing on the path to life success.