Set goals Goals give you direction. They help you decide where you want to go and what you need to do. Have a list of both short-term goals (e.g., get a B on Monday’s Biology test) and long-term goals (e.g., graduate with a 3.0 GPA). “Without goals and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” Fitzhugh Dodson Focus on your strengths You are a unique individual with many talents and strengths. While it’s good to work on your shortcom- ings and weaknesses, your strengths are where your future lies. Identify your talents and strengths, and look for ways to develop them. Self talk We all have a voice inside our head, and when things aren’t going well, that voice can be negative and critical. You can help yourself stay positive and motivated just by changing your“self talk.” Replace “I’m terrible at math” with “I’m smart – I can do this.” Changing how you think will change how you feel, and how you act. Plan for Success