Welcome to week seven! Those of you that are still with me have decided that you are not ready to take the NCLEX yet, and others may just be looking for additional content, either way that is a good thing. Noticing your weak spots and staying consistent in your studies is essential in advancing your knowledge for the NCLEX. This week, we are going to discuss the importance of long-term goals, and how you can use short-term goals to help you achieve them.
Goals are a great motivational tool, not just in your studies, but in life as well. Giving yourself something to strive for not only makes you want to work harder to achieve it, but it also makes accomplishing those goals that much more rewarding. We all set goals for ourselves each and everyday whether you notice it or not. Regardless of the goals you set yourself, it is following through with those goals that is ultimately important. Today let’s discuss the importance of long-term goals, and how better utilizing short-term goals can help you achieve the future you’ve always wanted.
Let’s face the facts, we live in a time of instant gratification. The more technologically advanced our world becomes, the faster and easier we expect things to be. So, it should come as no surprise that most individuals already have a pre-disposition towards setting short-term goals, and why not?
These are goals that we all instinctively set on a daily-basis anyhow. Sometimes it’s something as simple as waking up and getting to work on time. Other times it’s something more important, like trying to finish a major project at school or work. Simply put, these are goals you expect to accomplish soon, but they aren’t goals you have invested a significant amount of time in. That is where the issues can arise.
Living in a time of instant gratification, we often think of our lives in the short term. We tend to overlook thinking about what happens years from now, and instead we are more focused on when we get paid next or when that new iPhone comes out. That’s understandable, we love short term goals because they are easier to attain, require less of an investment from us, and it just feels great to accomplish something. Yet I don’t want my students to lose sight of what truly matters, and those are your long-term goals.
Don’t let that dissuade you from making short-term goals though, because they do serve a very constructive purpose. Anytime you set a short-term goal for yourself, you are constructively using your time to hold yourself accountable. Every one of you made a short-term goal when you purchased my ReMar Review Program. You chose to use a proven program to help you pass the NCLEX. While an important goal itself, the more important long-term goal is to become a nurse and lead a healthy and prosperous life assisting others and expanding the knowledge of your profession.
It is long-term goals like that, that I want you to use as the fuel for your future. Continue to set short-term goals for yourself, but do so with long-term goals always in mind. I want each of you to take some time this week and really think about long-term goals you want out of your life and nursing career. What level of the profession do you want to attain? Is there a specific position you have in mind? Think of what this job can and will mean for you and your family. Think of everything a stable income can provide.
Once you have established a list of long-term goals, I want you to start taking the necessary steps towards achieving them. I know the NCLEX seems important now, but it’s merely one roadblock on the interstate that is life. Would you let traffic on the freeway ruin a vacation? No of course not. So, don’t let something as small as the NCLEX stand between you and the future you desire. Start working towards your long-term goals now and the possibilities your future holds for you is truly endless.
As always, I’m here for each of you. I not only want to see all of you pass the NCLEX; I also want you to share your gifts and talents with the nursing community. What each of you are choosing to dedicate your lives to doing is an extremely important cause and in turn deserves equally important aspirations. If you need help with anything at all, or you’d like to discuss your own goals, contact me anytime on Facebook or by email at Support@ReMarReview.com. I’ll see you next Monday!