Describe A Goal That You Achieved, Which Was Set By Yourself

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a goal that you achieved, which was set by yourself.

You should say:
What it was?
When did you set it?
How did you achieve it?
Explain how it influenced your life?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer 1:

Introduction :
According to my perception, success is easy to achieve once we set our mind on a specific goal and put all our efforts to achieve it.

Moreover, having an objective provides us a sense of clarity on what we want to attain; it could be either a short term or a long-term aim. In fact, I have set and accomplished a myriad of goals at both personal or professional levels.

What it was? and When did you set it?
However, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about a resolution I set for myself almost a couple of years ago and achieved it with my determination and dedication.

Frankly speaking, the way I am speaking right now is not the same way I used to talk in the past. I am not saying that I have gained 100% perfection in the English language, or I don’t make any mistakes.

However, with my strong will power and continuous efforts, I have overcome the nervousness of communicating in English. I wouldn’t say that I was not good academically, but one thing that haunted me badly was speaking English in public.

I mean to say, I had a phobia of speaking, and I used to fumble a lot, especially when I had to talk in the English language.

How did you achieve it?
Since my mother tongue is also Hindi, throughout my schooling, I used to talk in my native language. Moreover, I was more comfortable in my local language, plus always used to think that talking in English is not my cup of tea (you can say Punjabi, Marathi, Telegu, etc.).

Of course, when it was some school events, then only I managed to speak on stage in English, perhaps once in a blue moon. But when I completed my schooling and stepped into this competitive world, I realized the significance of the English language.

Explain how it influenced your life?
Plus, If I want to accomplish what I am aspiring for, a powerful command on the English language is a must. Then I decided whatever it takes I’ll put myself completely to learn this language.

Indeed, I had to struggle a lot to find a good English teaching center. But I must admit, with their continuous support along with my commitment; only I learned this language in writing and reading; also, they boosted me how to be fluent in speaking in public.

I am content that my speaking anxiety is gone to an extent, which is the greatest achievement for me. Moreover, this achievement also taught me that every goal needs hard work and proper timing to achieve it.

Model Answer 2:

Introduction :

  • I don’t think I have got strong willpower and several times I set have put goals but failed to achieve them.

What it was?

  • But last year, I made a new year’s resolution, and I made sure I finished it.
  • In 2018, I took my board exams and that I sadly, I spent a great deal of time sitting at home for two to three weeks.
  • Due to weight reduction, I lost confidence and stopped speaking to my buddies.
  • Therefore, I started staying indoor, and I gained much more weight.

When did you set it?

  • So, at the beginning of 2019, I decided to shed all of the weight that I gained and recover my confidence.

How did you achieve it?

  • I mostly did three things to achieve it.
  • To begin with, I joined a fitness centre and remained routine by it.
  • I spent approximately 45 mins to 1 hour in the gym.
  • The second thing I did was to control and manage my daily diet.
  • This was really difficult for I love candy.
  • It was especially tough to give up on chocolates.
  • The final thing I did was to sleep on time.
  • I could just be routine with the gym if I woke up on time, and that meant I had to sleep on time.
  • Earlier I had the custom of binge-watching TV displays, and so I used to stay up late at night.
  • I’d like to wake up just very late, and thus if I did this, I would never have been able to go to the gym.
  • I didn’t quit watching TV shows, and I just made sure I saw only 1 episode daily.
  • My gym trainer also told me that appropriate eight hours of sleep for muscles to regenerate and heal, so sleeping time was crucial.

Explain how it influenced your life? and Conclusion :

  • Following three months of this program, I was finally able to eliminate all that weight.
  • Doing this made me confident, and I began Heading out and meeting my friends again.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a goal that you achieved, which was set by yourself”.

1. Do people need to write down targets or just memorize them?
I live to write down my objectives. It just offers that additional motivation because of a weak moment or when we are having a terrible day, and we feel like giving up.

2. Do Indian people usually set goals?
Yes, many Indian people do. I recall on 1st of January, many of my buddies and I share our new year goals and resolutions.

3. Should parents set targets for children?
I believe parents should inspire children to maintain aims, but I don’t Think parents should themselves keep their goals. Because I think if children don’t maintain the aims, they won’t possess exactly the same degree of motivation to fulfil them.

4. When do young men and women begin setting targets for themselves?
I think there’s no fixed age. It all depends upon the person’s Maturity and degree of responsibility. Some people begin keeping goals at a very early age like at ten or twelve, while others begin keeping goals after attaining adulthood. Goal setting is much more about self-fulfilment and creating oneself better and that understanding to make oneself better sometimes come early and sometimes late.

5. What are the sorts of goals that are unrealistic?
I think goals which are in tune with an Individual’s Personality are realistic. I mean should I choose to do something which would need me to make a radical shift in my personality, I wouldn’t be able to achieve it. So that would be unrealistic for me.

6. Do young people and old individuals have different sorts of goals? What are they?
I think both no and yes. Are more about accomplishing something in existence, while targets for older men and women are about helping their young achieve their aims in life. No, because sometimes targets can be similar also, for example, I see both young and old attempting to shed weight and look smart at the gyms.

7. What is more fulfilling working towards a goal or achieving it?
I think both are fulfilling in their own sense. Working Towards a goal is all about meeting and overcoming challenges; it is all about failing and becoming back. Ultimately, attaining a target brings a sense and that efforts did make a difference. But if we did not struggle to achieve something, neither the work we put in, nor the final goal contributes to fulfilment.

8. Do you think that it’s important to have realistic objectives?
I think being Realistic has its advantages and disadvantages. Its advantageous because should The aims are unrealistic, it’s extremely easy to give up and believe that it was not possible in the first place. It’s also detrimental in the sense that we never test our limits. We never try to go beyond. So, I generally set goals to just beyond realistic.

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