Getting Started!

After only having a couple of meetings with the Eagles group, I can’t describe the excitement that I have for this program.

The pure happiness felt on both ends of the zoom call radiates from the smiles I see. I can already tell we will collaborate perfectly!

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It was wonderful getting to know more about what the Eagles group specifically works on. Each girl has a category regarding female empowerment to relate their news videos to. Some examples are how girls can be creative while making money, altering traditional norms to empower women, stories of powerful women, and the role of Islam and Christianity that concerns women.

Since some girls missed the first lesson and some missed the second, we focused on establishing S.M.A.R.T goals both meetings for what we wanted to achieve together throughout the next six months. At first, we had to explore what exactly a S.M.A.R.T goal is (which was new information to me as well), and then eventually we decided on the main desired outcomes.

A goal without a timeline is just a dream.”

– Robert Herjavec, n.d

The acronym stands for…

S: Specific

M: Measurable

A: Achievable

R: Relevant

T: Time-Bound

The S.M.A.R.T goal template helps refine many aspirations to be exactly how specific we wanted to get with the goals. I learned that by giving examples, the girls were able to make both personal and group goals. It is much easier to display what you are looking for as an answer if you provide your own first.

I encourage everyone to research how to produce your own S.M.A.R.T goal to keep your schedules organized, goals clear and your mind at ease. I’ve started applying these goals to tasks not even related to school work and I’ve definitely noticed an increase in my productivity. It is quite fascinating that I’ve already learned such an impactful technique only a couple short lessons into our journey.

Often, the best way to learn something is when you have to teach it yourself!

Here is a quick video that I find very helpful when trying to understand how to use S.M.A.R.T goals.


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