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Why are Motivation and Goal Setting Important in Education?

Most of the students usually get a piece of common advice- follow your dreams. That means what they have to do before that is to take time to realize the dreams and goals they want to achieve. Every student is unique and has a unique skill set which they need to focus on while setting their goals. Setting clear and actionable goals is what helps students to create a plan to follow for their future. Goals can be short-term or long-term; the idea is to make students aware of what they are working for.


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To do any work, we don’t just need the skills; we also need the motivation for that. When a student has set his eyes on his goals, it would act as a trigger for motivation to keep him moving and working for it. Here we have covered some more reasons that will show how goal setting is important in education.

  1. Path to Success

With so many options available to choose a career, it can be confusing for students to know what exactly they need to do. You need to motivate them to set goals. Having a definite set of goals would provide the student some steps to follow. This keeps students motivated to spend more energy on each step that bring them near their goals, instead of being confused about what’s good for them.

  1. Gives Focus and Purpose

With goal setting and motivation, a child can focus on the road to success, giving him the sight of everything that needs to be done to reach that goal. Goal setting can bring the long-term benefits of saving a student from being frustrated, feeling overwhelmed, or discouraged at times. Having a clear set of goals can reduce the chances of students feeling disheartened and would spend time on activities that would help them move forward.

  1. Teaches Time Management

Students with no goals often get trapped in procrastination and they end up failing to realize the value of every minute they are wasting doing nothing for their lives.  If students know what they want to achieve, they would realize the importance of time and would start investing their efforts to get closer to their goals. Students would learn to manage their study time between their subjects and balance out their extracurricular activities to ensure that they are using their time efficiently and working hard for their goals.

  1. Increases Self-Confidence

When a student makes progress towards working and achieving his goal, it adds to his confidence level. Witnessing progress of growth would make the child feel more confident and believe in his capability to work hard and be better than this. Developing confidence is essential for the self-image of the student in the long run and it will keep him motivated to get better at his skills and tackle future goals. This builds newfound confidence in a student, making him more ambitious towards his goals.

  1. Provides Challenges

There is no life without challenges. To be a better version of yourself, you need to identify all the challenges and hurdles of your life and overcome them with your full potential. Students have to understand this concept that before they reach their goals, they would have to face challenges throughout their journey. But when a student is motivated and focused on his goals, he would not be scared off due to any challenges but would get stronger with each one, encouraging him to work harder to overcome them.

  1. Track Progress

Having a definite set of goals would help students analyze how much work they have to do to reach their ultimate destination. This would allow them to keep track of how far they have come in the journey and how much progress they have made. Tracking their progress would help them analyze what they need to work on to keep growing.

Without goals and motivation, we would be just like animals walking here and there. Goals are what make us human and bring us the potential to work hard for a better life. Students should get the sense and importance of goal setting as early as possible as this would give them the motive to study and work hard.