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Reflection and goal setting are pivotal components of personal and professional growth and success. Practicing these skills establishes a personalised framework for direction and motivation Each individual has a unique approach to reflection and goal setting that aligns with their needs and values. As the new year approaches, it presents an opportunity to reflect on 2023 and establish academic, financial, personal and health goals. This will enable you to make 2024 the most enjoyable and successful year yet!



Reflecting on 2023 provides an opportunity to review achievements and challenges that you faced throughout the year. This allows you to take a step back and analyse what worked well and what needs improvement. The benefits of self-reflection include:

  1. Increased self-awareness,
  2. Clarification of personal values,
  3. Improved emotional intelligence,
  4. Mindfulness and presence,
  5. Personal empowerment and motivation to set goals.

Identifying your strengths and weaknesses can help you understand where improvements need to be made and what habits need to be continued. Recognising weaknesses allows you to leverage your strengths in a way that can allow you to reach your greatest potential.

Click here to hear Maria Li talk about the benefits of self-reflection.


Goal Setting

Setting educational and personal goals for 2024 can set you up for a positive and successful year. Outlining SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound – helps you set clear, obtainable and purposeful goals. The benefits of goal setting include:

  1. Helps individuals define their purpose,
  2. Keeps you focused and creates intention and motivation,
  3. Allows you to track progress of personal growth,
  4. Increases your productivity through building time management skills,
  5. Provides a sense of achievement, self-growth and self-confidence.

Setting goals in life, whether, short, medium, or long-term is a vital tool to achieve your dreams. Click here to hear Christian Troger talk about the importance of having life goals.

UNE is here to help you reach your goals every step of the way! To assist and inspire in your reflection and goal-set, the UNE CAPS (Counselling and Psychology Services) and SAWO (Student Accessibility & Wellbeing Office) teams have compiled several cheat sheets to help you succeed in your study journey. Student Expo has created goal plan worksheets to guide you on your journey to success. Let’s make 2024 the best year yet!


Click here to access the Student Expo Goal Plan Worksheets.

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