It is that time of year again. Not everyone starts the year by making a New Year's resolution, but I say there is no time like the present to set goals for what you want to accomplish in the year to come. You may set a goal to become a CMA or maybe to finish all your CPE well before the end of the year (nobody likes spending the holidays cramming in hours of continuing education).
I know in the past I have shared my tips on how to make goals and keep them. I think now would be an ideal time to revisit these tips and even update them a little.
1. Think positive. A positive, can-do attitude is a necessary first step for success.
2. Make your goal realistic. Don't set unrealistic goals that set expectations too high because you will only become discouraged when you aren't able to meet them. On the other hand, don't set too low of expectations, as that will lead to procrastination and ultimately to failure in accomplishing your goals.
3. Write it down. Put your goal on paper and map out how many hours per week you are going to devote to studying or how many hours of CPE you will complete each month.
4. Share your plans. Tell your friends and family that you may need to sacrifice time with them in order to pass the CMA exam. Remind them that a CMA certification will lead to better job security and the likelihood of a raise, and I guarantee most will gladly let you off the hook.
5. Reward yourself. Candidates have shared stories of rewarding themselves with an ice cream or a small treat, and others reward themselves by having a night out with friends. Any reward will do, but it works best to determine what the reward will be before you start so you have something to look forward to.
6. Be flexible. If your plans change or all the little things in life get in the way, keep an open mind, adjust your schedule, and keep working toward those goals.
7. Stay motivated. Remember, after you pass the exam, you will make more money, it will be easier to find a job or get a promotion, and you will gain a sense of accomplishment and pride for passing this difficult exam. In the area where you study, keep a picture of the car you want, your dream vacation spot, or your family as a reminder of what will be accomplished once you pass the exam. When you grow weary of studying or making sacrifices, look at these and find the motivation to continue on with your studies. And for those who need to complete CPE by the end of the year, keep reminding yourself of all the time you will have at the end of the year to enjoy New Year's celebrations, family gatherings, and other festivities.
Gleim is committed to helping you accomplish your goals in 2013. Your Cedar Rapids IMA Chapter has partnered with Gleim to ensure your success on the CMA exam! Working together, we will provide the necessary tools to prepare you for this difficult exam. Visit gleim.com/IMAChapter for more information on how Gleim can help further your professional development.
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