If you are anything like my students, you are just about goal-ed out. Not only is it the start of a new semester, but it’s also the start of a new year — Hello, New Year’s Resolutions! You’ve probably written down goals for all of your classes, written a paper over your new goals in English and posted them on your wall in your homeroom.

Let me ask you this: we’re more than halfway through January, are you still staying true to your New Year’s Resolutions?

I’m going to venture to say most of us are not. Nothing wrong with that, but what about those goals you set for the new semester? Are you going to follow through with those goals?

As we get started with the new semester/year, I’ve personally been learning about how focusing on priorities can help us achieve our goals. So, that’s what our challenge is to you: FOCUS first.


Think about this: did you write your New Year’s Resolution down? Did you tell anyone what it was?

There’s research that shows that you are more likely to achieve your goal if you write it down. Likewise, telling others about your goals offers other people the opportunity to help hold you accountable.

Here’s another thing that might help, especially with New Year’s Resolutions: making it a priority.

There has to be some action that you take in order to set yourself up for success. It could be a small change, or a drastic change (I would encourage baby steps), but you have to change something. What’s the quote… something about insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome? It’s true.

If you have a hard schedule, it’s hard to say that you are going to “earn all A’s” if you don’t change your study habits or devote more time to your schoolwork. You know?

If you want to eat healthier but don’t take steps to buy more vegetables or stop eating fast food, will you achieve your goal?

The point is this: if you really want to go all in with your New Year’s Resolutions or new semester goals, you have to be willing to make some kind of change in order to achieve that goal. You have to focus on what your priorities are and put those goals first. You have to FOCUS first.

We wish you the best of luck in the new year and we can’t wait to see you at the next MASC event: the 2017 MASC State Convention in St. Louis!