Got Goals

Last Updated by Dale Moss on

In 1960, the theory of goal-setting was developed by Kurt Lewin and primarily developed by Dr. Edwin Locke. The research introduced the relationship between goal setting and enhanced production performance. A goal is the object of a person's ambition or effort.

After getting over the first week hump of high school. I hope you are still feeling a sense of confidence and reassurance. I encourage you to develop high expectations about your school experience and leave your old perceptions behind. As we gradually transition on this road filled with academic successes and other accolades, realize that diplomas aren't simply given by finishing the school year. Understand that diplomas are earned through strenuous studying, time managing, and test taking to prove how vigorously ambitious you are as an academic scholar.

I believe that one of the best ways to prepare for a great school year and pursue a high school diploma is to create a set of goals. The amount of goals is up to you, but aspire for efficiency, because it's best to order each task by its level of magnitude.

Dr. Ben Baron, assistant professor of management at Northern Kentucky University, believes that goals should be specific (measurable & attainable) and difficult (challenging, but not overwhelming). The relationship between goals and performance is very vital.

There is a number of factors to increase the productivity of this relationship that Dr. Ben Baron suggested:

1. Goal commitment (How attached you are to the goal.)
2. Goal importance ( How important it is to you.)
3. Self-efficacy (Shows that you're confident that you can do the goal.)
4. Feedback (Shows how well you are progressing to a goal. It can also be motivating and drive you to higher levels.)
5. Task Complexity (To help us be challenged and stimulated mentally.)

Throughout the school year it is possible to become sidetracked from your main priorities. Therefore, creating these goals can help you stay focused and on track. As the great Yogi Berra said, "if you don't know where you are going, you may not get there."

By Dale Moss 
Granby High School Junior


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