Alexia’s Legacy: Put Your Goals in Writing

She was tragically taken from us, but her legacy lives on.  Every few weeks we will share excerpts from the book.

From Alexia’s Journal: I want to go to a great law school & become a corporate lawyer.

Alexia’s Goals August 2013

Professional Learning and Development Goals
Goal 1: Make a decision about whether to go CPA/JD or JD/MBA
Goal 2: Evaluate my relationship with McKesson to be able to decide their role in the rest of my college career.
Goal 3: Gain a better working knowledge of LinkedIn
Personal Goals
Goal 1: Improve work life balance techniques
Goal 2: Maintain 4.0 GPA
Goal 3: Create a working budget

[Note: Alexia’s goals also included plans and due dates not shown here]

PLP Goals Alexia Helped Set as Leader

Professional Leadership Program
Goal 1: Develop stakeholders; students, mentors, and faculty
Goal 2: Create a family-like culture
Goal 3: Create communication that supports connections and relationships, and exemplifies our brand


Lesson: Put your goals in writing.

“First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal; a goal, an objective.”           Aristotle

Goals are an important part of leadership, both for setting an example and for helping the team move forward. Setting goals helps us align today’s actions with the future. What do you want to accomplish and what are you doing today that will help you get there? People without goals meander through life experiencing random events that don’t lead them down any discernible path. They engage in activity without progress. Goals focus our actions to a self-chosen path and bring pattern and clarity to what would otherwise be a haphazard menagerie of experiences.

Make your goals specific and challenging, yet achievable. Have a set date for accomplishment, and make them measurable so you can objectively evaluate your progress.

Writing down your goals is the first step to achieving them. Written goals can be more easily shared with your friends which significantly improves your chances of achieving those goals. Most importantly, written goals give you something to refer back to that refreshes your memory. As our lives get busy, the goals get pushed to the background; and we need to re-read them to bring them back to being part of our conscious intentions. Once our goals are in writing we can objectively evaluate our progress in reaching those goals on a regular basis.

Opportunity: Write 3 goals you want accomplish this year.


My Goals
Goal 1:
Goal 2:
Goal 3:


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