The significant areas of improvement that I anticipated to improve were academic and spiritual life. I intended to achieve my goals by developing a strategy to overcome procrastination. One of the goals I set was to improve my GPA by 1.0 over the following two semesters. The goal is realistic because I have all it takes to improve my grades. For instance, I have time and resources to study. The only hindrance is procrastination, which is the drug I am fighting to achieve the goal. I have already started adjusting to this goal by creating time for my studies. Since I began the improvement plan, I have been doing my assignments on time, and I am optimistic that I will improve my grades this semester.
The second goal I set was to increase my career opportunities. The goal is very realistic as I can quickly achieve it. I can achieve it by improving my grades and overcoming procrastination. The higher I score, the more I qualify for scholarships and internships. Similarly, by overcoming procrastination, I can arrive at my internship organization early enough, which will send a positive image to the organization. In the end, I may qualify for a position at the organization or other organizations. Therefore, I feel the goal is attainable and have already started working on it.
Another goal I had set was to show up in five subsequent family gatherings 15 minutes earlier. Although this goal is realistic, I may have to redefine it. It may not have a lasting effect because I have set the gatherings’ limit to arrive early. I may redefine it and work towards normalizing arriving early at every meeting, not just the five gatherings. Another goal is to improve my spiritual life. I decided to have an hour each day for two weeks to work on my spiritual life. I feel that this goal is realistic, and I can achieve it. I have already started visiting the divine office, and I feel much stronger spiritually. Specifically, I feel a sense of renewed faith, which is quite an improvement.
In the next four weeks, my goals will have made a step forward positively. Firstly, I hope to improve the grades in future assignments. Secondly, I wish to have secured an internship at one of my dream organizations. Also, since we will have a family gathering next week, I hope I will arrive in time, and my family members will see a change in my behavior. Lastly, in the next three weeks, I will have started worshiping with other believers in a church.
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I anticipated two barriers, and I had ample time preparing for them. I had already set my mind that even if I encounter setbacks, I will not give up on my goals. By being optimistic, I was preparing for the first barrier. The second barrier was forgetting, and I prepared for it by making a weekly planner for each day. I also experienced two additional barriers that I had anticipated. The first one is an influence from my phone. I noticed instead of working on my goals; I sometimes spent much time on my phone. The other barrier is feeling demotivated, especially since this is the first time I am trying to work on myself.
I will overcome the unanticipated barriers in two ways. Firstly, by switching off my phone to concentrate on my studies, gatherings, and spiritual service. Secondly, by listening to motivational speakers on YouTube who mainly talk of ways to achieving goals. Through this, I will feel motivated to keep pushing hard. Currently, I am using a written journal to monitor my progress. So far, it is working very well, but I need to update it with the goals I need to redefine, the new, unanticipated barriers I have encountered, and ways to overcome them. Another measure of progress that suits me is an app, particularly, strides app. I feel it fits me well because I can track the progress any time anywhere. Additionally, the app is easy and fun to use.