Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? What stands between you and your ultimate dream?Heavy questions. One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students.

He co-authored a paper that demonstrates a startling effect: nearly erasing the gender and ethnic minority achievement gap for 700 students over the course of two years with a short written exercise in setting goals.

Source: How Writing Down Specific Goals Can Empower Struggling Students | MindShift | KQED News

I find just using a checklist to be very beneficial, and goal setting is a variation of that. More than a few people that I’ve met have an issue with long term thinking, and setting goals could help them reflect on their actions and how those actions affect the future.

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