By Neal Chambers
Do you have goals for studying? Do you know what you want to do in the next few months? What do you want to accomplish?
Short term goals can be really helpful because they help you stay focused and motivated. However, it can be really hard to keep to your goals sometimes. Today, I’m going to go over a few simple tips on how to keep your short term goals.
21 Days to Set a Goal
Research shows that it only takes 21 days to set a goal. That’s it! If you can keep with a new habit for 21 days, then you’ll have no problems keeping it.
So, tell your mind that you are only going to do your new study habit for 21 days. After the first 21 days, it will be easy for you to keep the habit.
Make Sure you can Measure it
It is important to set a goal that you can measure. This is important because you will know when you have accomplished your goal. This will also help you see your progress.
A good example of a goal that can be measured is to study 400 new words a month. You can measure it because you can check how many words you know at the end of the month. An example of a bad goal to set is to become more fluent. What is ‘fluent’? Many people will have different opinions on what fluent is, so you can not measure it.
Don’t Go Too Fast at First
When you first set a new goal, it is very easy to get very excited about it and start studying right away. Some people will start a new studying habit and overwork themselves on the first day. It’s important to start small and slowly add more and more to your studying.
For example, if your goal is to learn 400 new words every month. You can start by learning 100 new words every month, then 200, then finally 400 new words. This way you can gradually adjust to the new study schedule.
Get a Trigger
A good way to start a new habit is to have a trigger. What is a trigger? A trigger can be a habit that you are already doing. If you schedule a new habit right after the old habit it will be easier to follow. For example, if you always wake up and check your email in the morning, you can go through some vocabulary cards right after that. If you do that it’ll be easier to stick with the habit.
Or better yet, you could schedule the new habit to ‘block’ another habit. For example, put your study book next to the TV remote, so before you watch TV, you have to study.
“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”
Having goals is important because they map out a direction in your life, they challenge you to grow and over time they can help you achieve things that you at one point may have seen as just impossible. Setting personal goals is important because if you don’t then you’ll probably spend a lot of time working to fulfil the goals of others.
Here are a few problems I’ve run into and mistakes that I’ve made while setting goals.
1. Not writing your goals down.
If you don’t write you goals down you will have a hard time to keep them in mind. It will be unnecessarily difficult keep your focus on what you want instead of all the random things that show up in your day to day life.
If you write them down then it will be easier to remember. It will also often be easier to describe and develop the goals and to find more goals if you use writing rather than just your mind. Writing you goals down can bring clarity to what you actually want.
2. Not having a system for remembering them.
Writing your goals down is a good start. But to keep them in mind beyond the first few days after set them you need a system. Otherwise it’s likely that you’ll veer off course and forget about your goals for days or weeks. And then you’ll have start over.
One way to remember your goals each day is to use external reminders. You can, for instance, write your goals on a piece of paper and put it where you can’t avoid seeing it. Examples of such places are your bathroom mirror, fridge or computer. You can read more about this in How to Keep Yourself on Track: Using External Reminders .
3. Not reviewing and rewriting your goals often enough.
This one is more about your journey towards a goal than setting the goal. But it’s closely related to the previous mistake so I’ve decided to include it.
Short written reminders are great for remembering your goals. But from time to time you’ll also need to review your goals and see where you stand. And then you may need to adjust your goals depending on what has happened and what you have learned so far. Reviewing your goals regularly can also give you a helpful dose of motivation when you feel that you are having hard time staying on track.
How often should you review and rewrite you list of goals? Well, I guess there are a lot of different answers for that question.
But the more you do it the sharper and more refined your focus and goals are likely to be. An experienced self-improvement speaker like Brian Tracy often suggests that you go so far as to review and rewrite your goals every morning.
If there is nothing to adjust, write it down anyway. Writing it down will make a bigger impression on your mind than just thinking about it. And each time you do that the importance of your goal will be reinforced in your mind. To actually remember to do this, use an external reminder like for instance a calendar.
4. Setting goals you don’t really feel for/are interested in.
What are your goals? This is crucial. As much as possible, you have to set the goals for yourself.
Should and ought to-goals isn’t good enough. Or goals that other’s have set for you. Or other people’s goals.
Think about your goals. Think about who has set them. Then think about what you really want in life. Then set your own goals.
It has to be your goals and you have to have a real interest in them to increase your chances to achieve them. Plus, when it’s your own goals instead of ones imposed upon you the journey towards them becomes a whole lot more enjoyable. And so, everyday life – the bulk of your life – becomes more enjoyable.
5. Not setting clear goals.
Make the goals specific, measurable and think about them in present tense.
Don’t go for more visitors for your website or just for running more. Go for a thousand visitors a day or running for 20 minutes three times a week. The more detailed picture you have of where you want to go, the more likely you are to actually get there.
If you don’t make your goals measurable then how will you know when you have achieved them? You will never be done with the goal of “making more money”. But you’ll know when you have achieved a goal of “earning 5000 dollars a month”.
The goals you think about and write down have to be in present tense too. Not: I will run for 20 minutes three times a week. You have to write: I run for 20 minutes three times a week.
Why? Well, your subconscious mind needs clear direction of what is to be achieved. If you put your goal in an “I will…” form you mind will always strive to bring the goal of running into your life sometime in the future. It will always be out of reach. To actually bring the goal into your life, into the present moment, you have to write it down in present tense.
6. Not setting deadlines.
Setting deadlines for yourself can be useful to actually finish something. If you don’t you’ll probably spend a lot of time procrastinating and getting things almost done.
When setting deadlines it’s helpful to give yourself some wiggle room. If you’re doing a project at work or in school set a deadline with a bit of margin. If something goes wrong, which it often does, or something unexpected comes up you’ll still have time to get it done.
Plus, we often have problems estimating how much time a task or project needs. So don’t let your initial enthusiasm do all the thinking. Setting totally unrealistic deadlines won’t save you time. You’ll just be forced to go back after you’ve passed the deadline to fix all those mistakes you made while hurrying and being stressed out.
7. Not making a plan.
For some goals you just need to write a 1000 words a day or run for 20 minutes a day. But even then you probably need a small plan to find free time in your schedule. For other goals you need a more elaborate plan. In those cases I think that it’s good to do a bit of research and educate yourself before making the plan.
Just a bit of research can help you solve or avoid problems along the way. Do some googling. Ask someone who has been where you want to go where they ran into difficulties and what tips they can share. Educating yourself can help you save time, money and energy. And help you avoid anxiety and frustration.
When you are writing your plan make it practical and specific. And write down actions you can start taking today to get going on your journey towards that goal. It’s useful to always write down small, practical steps you can take so you know what to do next.
But don’t plan so much that you never get started. There is no perfect plan. Things will probably not go as planned. Unexpected things will happen and you will have to adjust your plan to keep yourself on course. Adjusting your plan once in while can also allow you to find a better, easier and more enjoyable path to where you’re going.
8. Not reviewing previous failures.
Failures can be useful to learn something about yourself and the world. If you review your failures you can get a hang of where your weaknesses lie. Where you are likely to run into problems?
If you identify such weak points in yourself you can be prepared for when they may strike and lessen the blow. Or you can start looking for solutions to avoid at least some of the trouble spots along the way towards your goal.
An example: you realize that a few days after setting goals you often seem to forget about them. One solution could then be to learn to use external reminders to keep your mind on track.
9. Not keeping your focus in the right place.
Sometimes it can better to focus on the process rather than an outcome in the form of a distant, future goal. Instead of setting a goal that you will lose 10 pounds by December 31 and making intricate plans to get there you can set a goal to do 20 minutes of anaerobic exercise each day (walking, swimming, running etc.).
And then just do it . Don’t think, just go, go out and do your exercise.
Sometimes can be useful to set a very simple goal where you focus on the present rather than some distant goal. If you exercise every day there will be less room for your mind to find great excuses to slack off and procrastinate until December 21.
And if you have a goal where you can just go and do it, where there is little to think about you’re less likely to be drawn into the trap of over-thinking. As soon as you start to over-think things there’s a big chance that you will start to hold yourself back in different ways.
Watch this video of lululemon founder, Chip Wilson, explaining how he uses goal setting to realize his vision for his life.
High Performance Goal Setting Advice for Anyone Looking to Achieve a Goal.
by Alex Work
Everyone says that the best way to achieve a goal is to lay out the SMART principles. If only setting goals were only so simple! As with any process, there are nuances and techniques to making it work better.
Here is what the SMART fundamentals don’t address about whenever you want to achieve a goal–
To Achieve a Goal, You Must Be Prepared For Failure.
No matter how well we lay our plans, no matter how carefully we consider our goals, inevitably something will happen that will make us doubt ourselves. It could be a part of our plan flunking, it could be the unexpected resistance of the competition, or maybe you just weren’t realistic enough with the time given to achieve a goal.
Whatever the case may be, failures, setbacks and roadblocks should be anticipated before you even take that first step to achieve a goal. The fact is that life isn’t perfect, and no matter how awesome our intentions and how well we plan, things will inevitably go awry. The key here is what are you going to do when that happens? Are you going to throw your goal plan away and shelf that goal? Or are you going to adapt and adjust?
Whenever You Want to Achieve a Goal, Make it Bigger than Yourself.
Selfish goals are okay. I am by no means disputing them. But you can make your goals more powerful (and that much more likely to be accomplished) by making them larger than just yourself.
Here’s an example: If you wanted to lose weight, you could start a blog detailing your journey. Not only would it make you more accountable to yourself, but your journey becoming public can give others inspiration to do the same.
If to achieve a goal would mean to become a certain vocation, such as a lawyer, what part of that job would allow you to give back to others? List the motivations you have for wanting to achieve a goal, and make sure you put in a couple reasons that are bigger than yourself.
Build the Support System Around You.
Many people neglect this aspect of goal setting. It is easy to overlook—after all, the people we are surrounded by have probably been there for as long as we remember. It is easy to overlook thinking whether or not they are beneficial to our long-term success.
Perform a realistic evaluation of the people around you—are they supporting your goals and dreams? Or are they making it more difficult for you to achieve a goal? We all have enablers, naysayers and pessimists in our lives. We like to think that we are strong enough to deflect their negativity, but it is very, very difficult to do this on a daily basis and not be infected by those little seeds of doubt.
It is exponentially more easy to achieve a goal when you surround yourself with tough, unconditional love and those who want to see you succeed.
To Achieve a Goal, Your Plans Cannot Wait for Tomorrow.
We are conditioned for the path of least resistance. We want things easy and clean. The reality is, the goal setting process can often be neither of these things. This is one of the reasons we often put it off until tomorrow or even worse, “someday.”
When you are writing out your goals, make the first step of that goal plan something you must do today. This is absolutely imperative. Don’t give yourself the leash to start tomorrow, because you will give yourself the same old excuses then. “Oh, I’ll start tomorrow when I feel more up to it.” B.S.! Start today, and even better, start right now!
One of the most important aspects of resume writing is the inclusion of effective career objectives. A career objective is what you hope to achieve at the corporation that you are applying for work. The best way to illustrate your career objectives is within a career objective statement near the top of your resume. This statement should consist of a single paragraph that not only includes what you hope to achieve but what you have already achieved in your career thus far.
The most important thing to remember about your career objective statement is that by placing it at the top of your resume, it is the first thing that the reader will see and if it is not done properly it is likely to be the last. As you are probably aware when a position is advertised, far more resumes will be received than are actually read and never has this been more true than now, thanks to the current financial climate. Therefore if you even want your resume to be read in full, never mind wanting to actually land the job, you need to show your suitability for the position as fast as possible. This is the purpose of your career objective statement.
There are many different suggestions online for writing an effective career objective statement but the primary piece of advice that I can give you is that you need to offer a career objective that mirrors what the employer hopes the successful candidate would achieve at the company. Of course, you cannot know exactly what your potential employer is thinking but by putting a little thought into it you should be able to figure out what the right candidate could bring to a corporation within a particular position. This should be your career objective. Below are a few examples.
For The I.T Professional
I am seeking a position as an entry position as a software developer where I can work in a challenging environment and gain experience in working as part of a team to research and develop new software products.
For The B.P.O Sector
I am seeking a customer service position where I can expand on my experience in this field and utilize said experience to increase both customer satisfaction and the companies overall reputation.
For The Project ManagerI am interested in a project management position where I can increase my leadership abilities through regularly encountering and solving problems, managing budgets and meeting targets.
For Basic Computing Job
I am wishing to obtain an entry level position in an office environment where I can utilize my pre-existing skills in computing, database management and business intelligence and gain experience of working as part of a team.
For The H.R.M
I am hoping to acquire a challenging human resources management position where I make use of my extensive experience in the field to handle staff recruitment and promote employee relations to increase the overall effectiveness of your company’s workforce.
As you can see drafting career objectives is not exactly rocket science, however you would be surprised by how many people get them wrong. They are the first impression that your employer gets of you and failing to provide a flawless career objective statement is in many ways akin to arriving at your interview late.
Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
*Who: Who is involved?
*What: What do I want to accomplish?
*Where: Identify a location.
*When: Establish a time frame.
*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”
Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
How much? How many?
How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
Realistic- To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.
A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.
Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.
T can also stand for Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.
When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
By Skye Thomas
Achieving the really big goals and dreams always involves breaking it down into do-able little steps. Assuming that you’ve picked a goal or dream that you really love working at, then most of the steps are a delight to take. No matter how much you love your dream and no matter how much you love your work, there are going to be tasks along the way that you really don’t want to do. Those pieces of work that we hate doing can be the very ones that sabotage our success. How do you stay motivated during those parts of the journey?
1) Reward yourself. Let’s say that I want to lose twenty pounds. That’s not too much, but it’s still going to involve more days of self discipline that I feel like doing. So, I reward myself with a little treat every time I drop five pounds. I get to have one of my favorite fattening meals at the end of each five pound loss. Then I go back to my diet. At the end, I get to go on a shopping spree to buy new clothes. Come up with a reward that you can use to motivate yourself.
2) Do it for love of someone else. My teenage son proposed a deal that works for both of us. I don’t smoke cigarettes and he doesn’t experiment with drugs. Every time one of us is about to give in to temptation, our love for each other stops us. I can’t light up knowing that he might start doing drugs because I broke our deal. He hates the idea of me dying of cancer, so he never touches any kinds of drugs offered to him by his peers. The love of someone else can motivate you to do what you otherwise might not be able to do for yourself.
3) Trade work with someone else. I’ve watched my kids perfect this style of motivation. My son will offer to scrub out the showers if my daughter will do the dishes for him. Hiring someone to do the work you don’t want to do is actually a form of trade. Barter or pay someone else to do it for you, so that you can continue moving forward with your dreams.
4) Truly consider quitting. I’m not telling you to quit, but to really think about it. If you’ve got a goal or dream that means a lot to you and you’ve already invested a large part of yourself into making it happen, then what would quitting feel like? Is avoiding the difficult or distasteful task worth giving up on your goals and dreams? The love of your long-term goal can motivate you not to quit.
5) Share the misery. This reminds me of friends in college getting together to study for an upcoming test. Having friends along can make the experience more festive then it would have been if you were doing it alone. Is there a way to team up with a friend so that the work is easier or at least more enjoyable?
6) Just get it over with. One of my all time favorite quotes about getting past your inner blocks was written by Stuart Wilde in his book The Quickening, “Cut the shit and do the thing.” Yeah it’s a bit rough, but we all know those stoic tough people who simply roll up their sleeves and dive in know matter how much they may hate the task before them. Take on a soldier’s mindset and just get to work doing the ugly parts so you can move on to the more rewarding parts of making your dreams a reality.
7) Get training or education. Quite often, we don’t like doing something because deep down we don’t think we know how or that we are talented enough. So, get the education, do the research, learn the necessary skills, or whatever else it is that you need to do to get ready for taking that next step. Once you’ve properly trained yourself, then you might even be enthusiastic about taking that next step.
Take a running start at it. Think of riding your bike uphill. It doesn’t take kids very long to figure out that the best way to get that bicycle to the top of the steep hill is to build up a lot of speed before you even get to the base of the hill. You then let that momentum help to propel you most of the way up. Heck, with enough of a running start you can sometimes make it all the way up without any major struggles. If there is a way to pace yourself and reschedule the not so fun parts of accomplishing your goals until after you’ve completed a bunch of the cool parts, then do so. The highs of your mini successes will help inspire you to push past the parts that you are avoiding.
9) Figure out a different way to do it. This is the supreme way to avoid doing the task all together. Be creative, be smart, think outside the box. Is there any way to make your dream come true without having to actually do the specific duty that you’re wanting to avoid? Sometimes you can find another way. Other times, just knowing that there is definitely no other path to your dreams other than the one before you is enough to motivate you to just buck up and get through it.
What’s most important is not how you keep yourself motivated but that you keep the long-term benefits of your goals in mind. If you focus too much on avoiding the uncomfortable parts of accomplishing your goals, then you won’t accomplish much. Find a way to keep going and remember that all things come with a price. Pay the price so you can get on with enjoying the dream.
By Carol Halsey
I’m sure this is not the first time you have heard about goal setting. The reason you keep hearing about it is because it really is important to your life. A good definition of goals is that they are dreams with deadlines. Yes, you can make your dreams come true. How do you want your life to be 10 years from now? How about 5 years, next year, or even 6 months from now.
The only difference between setting goals for your business or career, and setting personal goals is the subject matter. With commitment and persistence, and setting goals, your life can be any way you want it.
When you actually sit down and start identifying goals, you will probably end up with a long list. Decide what is most important to you in your business and personal lives. All goals do not have equal value. Some will be more meaningful to you. These are the goals to start on. Keep your list of the remaining goals to get back to later. Trying to do too much at the same time can be self-defeating.
Once you have selected the goals to start on, give each goal a deadline. Short term goals, such as completing a project, will be completed in six months or less. Medium term goals, such as increasing a customer base, or revenue, will be a yearly target. Your goal for career advancement could be in this time frame. Long term goals can run for several years, such as where do you want your business to be in 5 years, or building your nest egg to retire in 5, 10 or 20 years.
Write your goals down, as this increases commitment. Make your deadline for each goal realistic and reachable. There is no right or wrong on how long you determine it will take to reach a goal. It will be different for each person and each goal. Whatever is comfortable for you is what counts.
Okay, you have done this. Now, how do you get started? By identifying what you must do to accomplish your goals. Look at each one individually. Under each goal, write down the tasks to be undertaken to reach that goal. You may not think of everything to the smallest detail, but you will come up with the major tasks. Give each one of these tasks a deadline.
On short term goals, your deadlines will most likely be daily, weekly and monthly. On long term goals, deadlines are more like six months, first year, eighteen months, second year. You can break these down even further. If you know what you want to accomplish the first six months of a long term goal, what can you do this month, next month, etc. to get there. Include these tasks and their deadlines in your calendar, and schedule the time needed to work on them.
Once this is done with all your goals, you have made a contract with yourself and the commitment to take action. This is your road map to get you where you want to go. Each day, ask yourself if what you are doing is helping you get there. If the answer is no, be sure you know why you are doing it at all.
If all this seems difficult or overwhelming, start with just one goal. Make it easy and short term. Once you have accomplished this, go on to another goal. Remember that life is a journey to be enjoyed. Be kind to yourself. You will find by setting goals and identifying what you need to do to get there, will cut down on a lot of stress in your life. At the same time, you will be making those dreams a reality.
Here are a few good quotes to inspire you.
“Happiness, wealth, and success are by-products of goal setting, they cannot be the goal themselves. ” - Denis Waitley
“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” - Laurence J. Peter
“People have more options than they think they do. But most people spend more time planning their vacations than thinking about what they want to do with their lives.” - Bob McDonald
“What you do every day should contribute to giving your life meaning. If it doesn’t, why are you doing it?” - Don Hutcheson
Author: Bob Crawford
Learning how to set goals effectively is one of the most important things that you can do to improve your life. Unfortunately, it is also the one area that might be holding you back if you aren’t doing it right. Here are the top mistakes that you absolutely have to avoid if you are serious about reaching the important goals that you set for yourself.
1. Making Your Goal Too Big. Sometimes your really big goal can seem scary. There might be many, many steps between where you are now and where you want to end up, and getting there can seem impossible.
How to avoid this trap: Break your big goals down into smaller, less intimidating ones. Rather than setting a goal like making a million dollars a year, you might be better off first aiming for one hundred thousand dollars a year, then when you hit that goal you can set your sights higher.
2. Making Your Goal Too Small. This is the flip-side of the previous mistake. If your goals are too small it becomes too easy to put off taking action on them and you wind up getting distracted by other things and never getting around to your goals.
How to avoid this trap: Powerful goals are ones that stretch you beyond your comfort zone. Be sure yours are big enough to keep your interest long enough to achieve it.
3. Making Your Goals Too Vague. If your goals are not specific you will have a hard time focusing on the correct steps to take. You might not even be able to figure out the next steps to take, because you don’t know where you are going. This is like trying to find your way through a busy city while blindfolded - you never know which direction to turn.
How to avoid this trap: Make your goals as specific as possible. The more details that you know about your goal, the better.
4. Setting Conflicting Goals. Many times you might have two or more goals that conflict with each other. For example, one of your goals might be to spend more time with your family, and another might be to move your career to the next level, which could require you to spend more time at work. Situations like this usually cause you to freeze up and not achieve any of your goals.
How to avoid this trap: Look closely at each of your goals and what you hope to get when you reach them. If any of them conflict with each other, you have to make decisions about which of the goals is more important to you, or try to balance the goals.
5. Not Setting Goals At All. It sounds crazy, but some people talk about all these big goals that they have, but they never actually set a goal and work towards it. And the reality is that it is impossible for you to hit a target that you are not aiming at.
How to avoid this trap: SET GOALS! By some estimates, only 3% of people actually set goals and write them down. Those are the people who are achieving their goals and changing their lives. You can do that too. Get serious about the things that you want to achieve. Form them into goals and write them down!
If you avoid these common mistakes when setting goals you will be well on your way to something more important - like achieving your goals and then setting bigger and bigger goals.
Learning how to set goals effectively is one of the most important things that you can do to improve your life. Unfortunately, it is also the one area that might be holding you back if you aren’t doing it right. Here are the top mistakes that you absolutely have to avoid if you are serious about reaching the important goals that you set for yourself.
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What makes one immigrant succeed more than another? Is it luck? Perhaps a little. But the 25 immigrants honoured here did not make it to where they are by serendipity alone. While there are no guarantees in life — or in Canada — the winners of our inaugural Top 25 Canadian Immigrants seem to share some common beliefs and attitudes about what it takes to succeed in Canada. When asked what their advice for other newcomers is, here’s what the winners had to say:
Don’t sell yourself short
As top lawyer Chia-yi Chua puts it, “With a little bit of investigation and hard work, you can find appropriate prospective employers and opportunities even if you are a recent immigrant. Do not shortchange your skills and experience and seek out entry-level positions when, in fact, the Canadian marketplace is looking for exactly the type of skill-sets most of us immigrants have.”
Be prepared and do your research
It’s not surprising that a meticulous scientist like Rosalind Silverman would recommend being well prepared for your journey in Canada. She notes, “Be very well prepared and understand the country you are coming to.”
Find a mentor
According to ambitious, young entrepreneur Anupama Vittal, “If you can find good friends, good business mentors who can tell you, ‘Try this opportunity,’ or ‘Do this,’ that gives you a step to success.”
Take the initiative
Employment expert Terry Sawh advises: “Don’t sit back; seek out and recognize with confidence your own path.”
Don’t lose your heritage
As founder of a Spanish-language magazine, Martha Lucia Niño clearly never forgot her Latin roots, even while integrating into Canadian life. She says, “It is important to keep your culture and traditions.”
Share your culture
As the first turban-wearing RCMP officer in Canada, Baltej Singh Dhillon is an iconic symbol of what multiculturalism is all about. His advice to immigrants is to not only keep in touch with your own heritage, but to share it as well. “Take every opportunity to learn and participate in the culture and traditions of others and take every opportunity to share what you hold near and dear to you.”
Be passionate in the face of adversity
Family doctor and community leader Dr. Colin Saldanha advises newcomers to “believe passionately about issues, and put your heart and soul into them, notwithstanding the long hours and energy that you also have to put into them.”
Be willing to adapt
Financial adviser Girish Agrawal reminds newcomers that “Canada provides us with a beautiful lifestyle and safe environment, but we need to prove that we qualify for it by accepting the challenges and be prepared to change if necessary.”
Scientist and professor Francis Amara points out that many immigrants just don’t get involved. “I say, go do something to contribute to the country; don’t just play around. Immigrants, when they come to this country, should try to contribute in a lot of ways.”
Educator Elaine Chan’s bias is clear … her tip to newcomers? “Education is front and foremost the most important thing that will really help anyone.”
Love this country
Politico Body Ngoy is a true Canadian, and thankful for it. “When you’re grateful, you start to know what the country does for you. You begin to love the country when you’re grateful. We should love this country.”
Mining expert Marcello Veiga’s experience working with the poorest of the poor taught him humility. “I always came up with a very humble attitude — that’s the secret of my success. Always try to be modest and listen to people — that’s important for immigrants.”
Network, network, network
Philanthropist John Halani puts his success advice simply: “Do a lot of networking. Meet a lot of people. Get ideas from what they’re doing and see what makes them successful.”
Volunteer your time
Mayor James Atebe began to build his reputation by volunteering in his community. “Volunteering gives you opportunities, allows you to grow as a person, gives you confidence and offers you a chance to learn new skills and an understanding of Canadian values and traditions,” he notes.
Have a positive attitude
Entrepreneur Wendy Yuan’s advice? “Dare to dream, but also dare to act. Don’t let things just happen to you. Go out there and ‘happen’ to things. You can’t have a passive attitude toward anything or nothing will ever happen to you. The thing is positive attitude in life is so important. You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish with the right attitude.”
Never give up
Scientist Lorelei Silverman reminds newcomers never to give up. “Always push yourself to accomplish something. Even if it is difficult, go ahead because the reward for trying will always be better than accepting a failure.”
Source: Canada Immigrant Magazine