College Students: Set Realistic Scary Goals
Let me be the first to tell you your goal is not big enough. Yes, goals are supposed to be set for the short term, as well as long term. However, most people are so used to the comfort of reaching smaller realistic goals that they never imagine, plan, or reach a far-fetched goal that takes years to achieve. Short term goals should be the bricks you lay on your foundation, which takes you face to face with your “scary” long-term goal.
What does a scary long-term goal mean? This should be a goal that takes years to get to. It should be far-fetched enough to where your throat tightens up, palms become sweaty, but you can’t sit still because you’re thinking “what if?”
The only thing scarier than going after a dream is regret.
My realistic scary goal came into fruition when I was a Junior at Minnesota State University of Moorhead. I just finished up my fourth year of college football and realized in one more football season, in one more semester, I would be a graduate. I realized there was absolutely no way I could sit in an office for the rest of my life and so, I set a scary goal. Law school and the goal of becoming a criminal defense attorney. This was scary to me because I struggled with school early on. Whether it was being new to the college party scene, people I was around, or not having someone telling me to go to class – I barely survived freshman year. Whatever the excuse would have been had I finished my undergrad career as a failure – I couldn’t let that happen. In one week I will be a law graduate.
“Success isn’t always about ‘Greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
College is an investment in yourself. No matter how amazing, or terrible, you are currently doing in college you can still shape your future. Don’t get caught up in the whirlwind of what is easy. Set goals, have a blueprint to get there, and attack them with consistent hard work.
Poor decisions happen in college. We understand college students inevitably experiment, meet new people, and don’t always end up where you had planned. Should the unfortunate circumstance of you finding yourself in trouble happen, don’t hesitate to contact Gierman Law. We will do everything we can to protect your investment in your future.