Academic Success : Career Goals

1378 Words Jun 29th, 2015 6 Pages
Continuing Academic Success
Brianne Ard
Gen/201
June 29, 2015
Christina Gruca

Continuing Academic Success
Introduction
“Motivation is defined as the general desire or willingness of someone to do something, but often finding the desire within you can prove difficult. One of the keys to success is to be able to self-motivate and not depend on external forces to deliver your drive” (Stone, 2015, para. 1). Starting something new in life, such as deciding to earn my master’s degree in Psychology, has been an exciting but stressful journey. In my first course of study, I have learned many things and great resources that will help me along the way with setting and achieving my educational goals. While it could be easy for someone to give up on their education, being self-motivated can lead to a continuing academic success.
Self-Motivation
Self-motivation plays a significant role in setting and achieving educational and career goals. Someone that lacks motivation will not show the initiative to learn what is needed to succeed and will result in weak goal settings. Being self-motivated will allow an individual to be able to resist temptations and distractions that could lead them astray from reaching their goal. Sometimes people can fall off track but if they remember that practice makes perfect and seek additional resources, they will be able to stay motivated (Stone, 2015).
Effective goal setting is the key to getting things accomplished. Obstacles can get in the way of…
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