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The Office of Student Activities strongly encourages you to ask questions and use the resources available to you and your club. If your club would like feedback on goal setting, or needs help getting started, just contact the Coordinator for Student Organizations for help.  

Why People Set Goals (from

· Goals can give you a target to aim for · Goals can help you concentrate your time and effort

· Goals can provide motivation, persistence and desire · Goals can help you establish priorities

· Goals can provide a roadmap to take you from where you are to where you want to be

Why people do not set goals (from

· They don't have a good reason to set goals

· They don't know about it · They don't know how to use it · Fear

· They feel too busy & disorganized

· They get overwhelmed

When you are ready to set goals for yourself and/or your club, use the SMART goal setting model to start (from


Goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do.  


If you can't measure it, you can't manage it. In the broadest sense, the whole goal statement is a measure for the project; if the goal is accomplished, this is a success. However, there are usually several short-term or small measurements that can be built into the goal.  Choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur. How will you see when you reach your goal? Be specific!  


When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.  


Devise a plan or a way of getting there which makes the goal realistic. The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you are at the moment.  


Set a timeframe for the goal: for next week, in three months, by graduation. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards.