Setting personal goals in my life are important to me because I want to strive for personal Excellence. I hope that as long as I live I will strive to excel and learn. Achievement of a short term goal leads to a long term goal and it never ends unless I will it to end. Since I’m passionate about learning and setting goals I believe I will continue to learn and achieve new goals. One goal I am working on now is learning how to write an excellent paper, in proper APA format. In Addition, I’m working on writing short term goals and long term goals.
The first short term goal that I will achieve is completing one class at a time which is linked to a professional goal in Nursing. The Long term goal is that I will complete all my classes and achieve a BSN between one and a half to two years depending on what the official transcripts say when they all come in. Another long term goal after I achieve my BSN will be to become a certified Psychiatric RN. It should come fairly easy for me to obtain the psychiatric RN Certification because I was working as a Psychiatric RN (just not certified) for ten years at Brotman Medical Center from the years 1990 to 2000.
I then will study to be a clinical nurse specialist in Psychiatric Nursing or possibly become a nurse manager or nurse supervisor in Psychiatric Nursing. I could supervise Associate RN’s, LVN’s Psychiatric Technicians and CNA’s Right now I’m not working as an RN because I’m devoting myself full time in the BSN Program at the University of Phoenix. Another Short term goal of mine is working my exercise program which consists Of riding my exercise bike, taking walks and a few strengthening exercises to both legs. I hope to build up to one hour on the exercise bike and walking one hour a day, if time permits.
I can’t forget the importance of time management. I will drink at least eight glasses of water a day and lose two pounds of fat per week. I will achieve a 50 pound weight loss in a 6 month period. I will attend over eaters anonymous meetings once a week which are a twelve step programs. Another short term goal is to make use of the University of Phoenix’s library and to make use of the “Center of writing Excellence” to improve my writing ability as a short term goal and as a long term goal. I would like to study how to become a highly effective certified psychiatric nurse at the University’s Library but also as a long term goal.
Another long term goal is to living a well balanced life, which includes socializing with my friends, attending my twelve step meetings and attending all my classes, doing all my home work, getting plenty of rest, relaxation, and having fun. Possible barriers to becoming a certified Psychiatric RN are low self-esteem and low self-confidence. I need to learn how to overcome these barriers by use of individual Therapy, reading self – Help Books, and Learning to speak positive affirmations. In addition to needing to develop my self-esteem and self confidence I will need to learn how to manage my time more effectively.
Moreover, I have a tendency to procrastinate and find my time becomes limited and then I end up rushing to complete my assignments. I’ve forgotten to mention the goals I’ve had since I was a baby. I strived to put everything in my mouth and when I didn’t get my way I cried and cried. I had another goal to be fed and to be clean. When I was hungry I cried. And when my diapers were dirty I cried. When I was 5 or 6 I had a goal to learn how to ride a bike and I fell down a lot and then there came a day when I stayed up on the bike and I road it without falling off. I succeeded in my goal!
When I was 5, I learned how to ride a horse up in the high sierra mountains. I cried a bit until I learned how to ride and stir the horse and kick it with my heals to get it going and to pull on the reigns when I wanted him to stop and to turn the reigns when I wanted him to turn. I also had a goal to learn how to read and right. I can’t remember the exact age I was but I believe I was around four or five years old when I started learning the alphabet and writing the alphabet. Mom and dad were happy so in their eyes it was a big achievement. Then as time went by I started learning about grammar and punctuation.
Also there were “Spelling Bees” and Math classes with many questions which didn’t always come easy for me. But I enjoyed Algebra. I thought it was fun like a game. Later on in my childhood I has was learning how to play different sports. I learned Soft Ball first and enjoyed it, though when I caught a ball one time, (it was a ground ball which rolled to my fingers) and I was not wearing a mitt. The ball jammed the tip of two fingers and it hurt a lot. I also learned Basket Ball in grade school, but one day, I was thinking I was catching the ball, but it turned out to be somebody’s head which jammed my nose.
The force of the hit knocked me down on the ground and my nose was bleeding. I was picked up by my Mother and she drove me to my Doctor, who took X-rays, which showed a fracture of the nose. I had surgery the next day. I also learned how to play Volley ball and enjoyed that sport too. I also learned how to play Tennis as a teenager, which I really enjoyed. I also learned how to play pool and table tennis. I enjoyed those games too. When I was ten or eleven I wanted to learn how to play the Clarinet. Dad allowed me to rent a plastic Clarinet from School.
It was not easy for me to learn. I would practice for one to two hours at a time and would squeak out a note and in between that I would cry. But I didn’t give up. After a month or two I was finally able to play the clarinet without squeaking and I could start to read music. My hard work finally payed off! Eventually I learned how to play the Alto Saxophone and it was much easier to learn than the Clarinet. The ambusher(which is the shape a pressure of the mouth) was looser and most of the key holes were covered by key pads. Thus it was a much easier instrument to play.
I felt lucky because my Music Teacher sold me his alto Saxophone to me which was an old Selmer Sax. Dad payed the bill and I got the gift. I played in the High School Band and a child band members up to 17 years old, called the Robin Hood Band, which was part of the organization called the “Independent Order of Forresters”. So in conclusion, I have shared with you my Adult short term goals and Long term goals and also being out of order, I shared my childhood goals (short term and long term too. )
Written by J L Silver, RN 1/31/2011