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New Year — New Goals

This article appeared in the Dec. 17, 2019, issue of the student newsletter.

Have you ever thought about the wide-ranging impact goal-setting can have on your life?

Pursuing goals can help you track financial progress, motivate you to earn your college degree or even help you lose weight.

Setting goals can also positively affect your mental health and well-being.

Setting goals can help you grow as a person, boost your self-esteem and improve your overall satisfaction in life. As a student dealing with the pressures of college, you may find more success in setting your self-care plan into action if you decide to work toward specific goals. Setting goals helps overcome procrastination, which can help decrease anxiety and stress.

Wondering where to start when it comes to defining your goals? Look no further than the SMART approach:

Specific: Set a clear objective that's well defined.

Measurable: Establish criteria for measuring progress.

Achievable: Is your goal reachable yet still challenging?

Relevant: Your goal should be beneficial to you.

Time-based: Deadlines can keep you motivated.

The SMART approach helps make sure you're putting your self-care plan into action.


SMake it specific

What are you planning to accomplish?




MMake it measurable

How will you know when the goal has been accomplished?




AMake it achievable

How can the goal be attained?




RMake it relevant

How does this goal benefit or help you?




TMake it timely

When do you want the goal accomplished?





If you're reading this on your phone, don't worry — you can still manage your own goal tracking on a piece of paper or by creating a list on your phone.

It's important to know your limits. Don't ignore your mental health and well-being! 

Meet Our Professional Counselors

The colleges of DCCCD have dedicated professional counselors who are always ready to lend a helping hand. Don't know where to go on campus for counseling? Find your college's Counseling Center contact information on our website. Our friendly team is always just an office visit, email or phone call away. We're here for you, and we're always ready to listen.

Community Mental Health Resources

If you feel the need to speak to someone outside the district, please explore the many community mental health resources available in our area:

  • North Texas Behavioral Health Authority can help pay for community psychiatric, mental health and substance abuse services — please call 214-366-9407.
  • Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas — please call 214-828-1000.
  • National Veterans Crisis Line — please call 800-273-8255 and press 1.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline — please call 800-799-7233.
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline — please call 800-656-4673.
  • Message 741741 from anywhere in the United States to text with a trained crisis counselor. Standard messaging rates may apply.

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