Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Are you setting a curriculum for your goals?

Okay, so I know the word "curriculum" is not sexy. But it's a word that's inspired me recently, and I hope you'll come to love it as much as I do. 

2013 is here and many of you are setting your goals for the year and dedicating yourself to what you want to accomplish. While writing down what you want is a great first step, more is required.

You must also set a curriculum of resources that will teach you what you need to know in order to reach your goals. If you want your life to grow in some specific way, you have to grow first; and like most things, those who are strategic about it will win.

As Jim Rohn said, “If you want to have more…you have to become more. Success is not a doing process, it is a becoming process. What you do, what you pursue, will allude you—it can be like chasing butterflies. Success is something you attract by the person you become.”

So while you're thinking about what you want this year, I want to challenge you to think about who you need to become and what you need to learn in order to reach those goals. 

I've always been an avid reader, but this year I decided to set my own "curriculum" for my goals this year. I made a list of 12 books I'm going to read and reflect on by the end of 2013 that are related to my goals and growth. For example, one of my goals is to write my second book; thus, four of the books on my list are about writing.

But Isa, I'm already reading books in college! Why would I want to read more books? You are so annoying and I hate you. 

Whoa. That was harsh. I see where you're coming from; I know you're already reading books. But I'm talking about going above and beyond. And if you're not a big reader, you can choose from any number of resources.

Okay Isa I don't hate you anymore.  

(Blogging for a few years may or may not be having some sort of effect on my level of crazy....don't judge me ;)). 

Whether you like books, ebooks, audiobooks, seminars, webinars, or online articles, there are definitely resources out there to help you grow. And public libraries still exist and are still free (something I'm constantly grateful for). 

If completing college successfully is your number one goal right now, I highly encourage you to start planning what resources you will consume this year to help you do college better. There are many to choose from (including a little diddy I wrote). 

In short: Think about how you can become better at what you want to accomplish this year, and then pick resources to help you get there. 

You will find, as I hope you are finding in college, that learning what you want to learn (i.e. setting your own "curriculum") can often become the most fun and "sexy" thing you can imagine. 

Thanks Isa, you're the best blogger in the whole world. 

I need to get out more...


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