Do You Have A Goal Success Story?

By Ellesse

This evening, while scouring through the list of files on an old shelf trying to look for a self improvement book, I found an aged folder containing some of the examination papers I’d taken during my Pre-University days. Yikes! It was on Economics, a subject that I didn’t really like much back then.

As I flipped through the faded papers, occasionally guffawing at the silly mistakes that I’d made, memories of the past flood my mind. I saw myself sitting on one of the study tables in the all so familiar cool, sheltered podium in my college compound burying my head into some ten years’ series. Back then, it was popular for most Singaporean students to treat the ten years’ series, which essentially is a compilation of past years’ Cambridge A’ level examination papers, as if their life depended on it.

It was during those tumultuous times, that I first started to set goals for myself. I didn’t know much about goal setting terminologies then. I didn’t use any fanciful goal tracking tool either. All I knew was, I had to make it to University. There was no other option I gave myself. I skipped recess breaks to go through my lecture notes and stayed back late after a tiring school day for more revisions with my classmates, so much so that I would miss the school lock out hours and had to climb college gates in order to leave the compound. It was perhaps this “burn all ships” mentality that ignited my sheer determination to go through what I had to do to get this far.

Yes, it may have been arduous. But the sweet taste of victory experienced at the point of receiving my results slip was fabulous and it was something that I would never forget for the rest of my life. In fact, it’s a constant reminder to myself on the power of goal setting and how it’ll lead me to achieve the dreams in my life. Definitely.

What about yourself? Do you have a goal success story that bring you sweet memories every time you reflect about it? Don’t worry if you don’t have one yet. Because by reading this site, you’re already taking the first step to learning about goal setting :) . If you’re interested to know how you can make use of the resources on this site to help you, do read this article on setting goals.

Flap! I closed the file and dropped it into the dustbin in the room. It’s time to get kicking with my next goal. And by writing this, I know I’m getting closer.


6 Responses to “Do You Have A Goal Success Story?”

  1. ST at 11:20 pm

    My most recent major accomplishment was graduating from college with a 3.8 GPA. Even better, I took a lot of extra hours (25 in my final semester), just because there was a lot that I wanted to do before I finished. I am very proud of that.

  2. Ellesse at 12:56 pm

    That’s great! I’m sure you must have felt ecstastic. That the feeling I’m trying to relive with my new goal. What’s your next’s?

  3. ST at 1:38 pm

    Thank you, I was. My next goal is to start my own business at home. I haven’t quite decided exactly what it’s going to be, but I’m working on that. My husband and I are talking about having children, he wants to finish his degree, and I want us to be able to do both without either of us having to work full-time outside the home. After he finishes (in two years), my next goal is law school. I have it all planned out ;) I even have more that I want to do after that, but that’s enough for me to focus on right now.

  4. Ellesse at 12:37 pm

    Congrats! A lot of people are living day to day not knowing what they want and you’ve already planned 2-5 years down the road. I’m sure you’ll achieve it. When you do, do drop me a mail, I’ll definitely love to feature your story to my Success Story Newsletter readers, of course only if you allow me to :)

  5. Marco at 7:41 pm

    I just recently recognized, how important it is to set goals for oneself. My problem was to realize, that goals have to be clearly achievable if you don´t want to make them frustrate you. Thanks for this one.

  6. Ellesse at 1:35 pm

    Marco, it’s a thin line between making big dreams to motivate you to think big versus clearly achievable ones that are more SMART. The former points to a direction whereas the latter literally points to exactly a destination. So, once you make it clear and SMART, it’s just a matter of consistently working your plan towards that desination that you’ve already defined. It’s a marvellous feeling and glad to have you in the league!


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