“a. Think about finding someone who can either work with you or who has similar goals, but make sure it’s someone who has a track record for success. Partners can help you fail as easily as they can help you succeed.
b. Consider going public with your goals, if that will help keep you motivated.
c. Ask a friend to provide you with rewards (that you provide), but only if you’re productive.
Write a few sentences in your plan about how you will help motivate yourself.”
Like I’ve said last year, the biggest motivator to me is deadlines! I’m the type of person who works best under pressure, and external deadlines made by other people or agencies is the one thing that will make me work super hard. I can never turn in anything late, even if it means I lose sleep. In addition to deadlines, praise is also very effective. I just want to know I’m doing a good job.
1. Find employment as an EMT-B
a. Definitely my EMT classmates can hold me accountable for going after my goals. After all, we’re all trying to achieve the same thing, so they’re the best people to turn to. I have one particular friend who I keep in constant touch with, so he’ll probably be a great accountability partner. Also, my instructor!
b. I’m already incredibly public with this goal on all types of social media.
c. I don’t think I need a friend to reward me with any rewards.
2. Take the MCAT
a. I don’t have too many friends who have the same MCAT timeline as I do, but I will be taking a class, so I’m sure I’ll meet friends. Regardless, I have plenty of pre-medical friends who are definitely part of my support network. These people will be my people.
b. I’m also pretty public about this already.
c. I think I’ll go out for another drink when I finish the MCAT.
3. Apply for a Master’s in Public Health
a. Definitely my friend who is currently in USF’s MPH program is a great person to at least provide guidance. She’s already helped me so much with really great advice and eased a lot of my concerns. So I really thank her for her inspiration.
b. I’m public about this on my blog Instagram, but nowhere else. I want to keep it that way until I’m accepted into the program.
c. No rewards for me! Not until I finish the program!
4. 30 Before 30: Climb 4 mountains to bring my summit count up to 5/30
a, I don’t know who I’ll find yet for this challenge… I think I’m going to ask my friend who likes hiking. The weather has been less than ideal in the second half of 2017, but hopefully 2018 will have better weather to climb the Bay Area mountains.
b. I will most definitely be public about it on Instagram.
c. Getting to the top is the reward!
This post is part of a larger series of goal-related posts. See the full list of posts here.