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Start with Short Term goals, set completion dates and stick to them. These will eventually help you determine and work through any long term goals in the future. Start what you finish!
The simplest way to focus on your goals is to look at what is it you can accomplish, once you have gotten toward your goal. Then compare it to how is you are living your life now and how this stage in your life would plan out long term.
For example, I'm hoping to become both a college and high school counselor. In order to do complete my goal, I need at least 5 years of school ( a long time, since I have recently gotten my A.A). For those who are not familiar with this career path, there is need for a credential in order to counsel for k-12. As for College counselor, there is a need for a masters degree. Now some masters degree can take between 2-3 years; however, MOST need a bachelors degree in order to get into a masters degree program. In addition, to other factors such as GPA, paid or unpaid volunteer experience, and some sort of test that is required in order to be accepted into your desired graduate program.
By looking at what lies ahead in order to achieve my goal is worrisome and frightening. But having lived in low income neighborhoods and seeing my father work two jobs and barely making the rent had made me realize I did not want to live this way. Therefore, I got my self motivated and went to a community college.
Write them down and put them on your bathroom mirror.
You should start with. "I am so focused on my goals that I can see the progress I am making towards them".
Nicole Olivia Jackson
List your goals in writing and like Angel said, start with short term goals. As you accomplish each goal, check or cross them off your list. Add more or less as needed. This will help you organize your thoughts.