IELTS Vocabulary – Goals

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  • characteristics – a feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify them.
    “certain defining characteristics of the school emerge from the study”
  • traits – a distinguishing quality or characteristic, typically one belonging to a person.
    “the traditionally British trait of self-denigration”
  • determination – the quality of being determined; firmness of purpose.
    “those who succeed because of sheer grit and determination”
  • concentration – the action or power of focusing all one’s attention.
    “she was frowning in concentration”
  • discipline – the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience.
    “a lack of proper parental and school discipline”
  • ambition – a strong desire to do or achieve something.
    “her ambition was to become a pilot”
  • parenting – be or act as a mother or father to (someone).
    “exhaustion is incompatible with good parenting”
  • set goals – create targets, make goals
  • achieve – successfully bring about or reach (a desired objective or result) by effort, skill, or courage.
    “he achieved his ambition to become a press photographer”
  • develop – grow or cause to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate.
    “motion pictures were to develop into mass entertainment”
  • aim for – strive for, try to, want to do something
  • motivate – provide (someone) with a reason for doing something.
    “he was primarily motivated by the desire for profit”
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