Collocations about Goals and Achievements

Hello English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at collocations about goals and achievements.

Here is the list:

  • Establish/set a goal
  • Long-term/short-term goal
  • Put effort into something
  • Make the most of something
  • Work towards your goal
  • Do your best
  • Make progress
  • Make or break
  • Achieve your full potential

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Establish/set a goal

Meaning: related to the process of achieving your goals over a time period.

  • Once she establishes her goal, Sandra sticks to it.
  • The company executive has set a goal of producing 10% more cars than last year.
Collocations about goals and achievements
Collocations about goals and achievements

Long-term/short-term goal

Meaning: refers to the goals you are trying to achieve over a long or short time period.

  • In case you are trying to achieve a long-term goal, keeping a diary could be a helpful tool.
  • Short-term goals are very important in breaking down larger goals and shaping your future.

Put effort into something

Meaning: if you put effort into something, you spend a lot of energy, time and effort into doing it.

  • Mark has put a lot of effort into his business, so he expects to have the ability to grow with his company.
  • Scientists have put a lot of effort into improving the quality of our lives.

Make the most of something

Meaning: to use the opportunities you have most effectively.

  • Simon had a holiday once a year so he always tried to make the most of it.
  • We are staying in Rome for the weekend only so let’s make the most of it.

Work towards your goal

Meaning: to work on achieving your goal.

  • Maria was working toward her goal of losing 2 kg a month.
  • If you want to achieve something in your life or career you should work towards it step by step.

You will often hear that people are working towards a common goal.

  • All the students at our school are working toward a common goal – raising money for disabled children.
Collocations about goals and achievements
Collocations about goals and achievements

Do your best

Meaning: to work on something the best you can.

  • The football players did their best to win the Cup.
  • I will do my best to pass the test.

Make progress

Meaning: to move in the direction of your goal.

  • Luke tried to make progress in his career by staying in his office after working hours.
  • To make progress in life, one needs to make small steps every day.

Make or break

Meaning: to cause someone or something to succeed or fail.

  • Whether this interview makes or breaks your chances to get a promotion, don’t give up.
  • Film critics can make or break a film.

Achieve/develop your full potential

Meaning: to put effort into your work and become the best you can be.

  • The organization helps young innovators achieve their full potential.
  • To develop your full potential, you need to have a long-term plan.

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Collocations about goals and achievements
Collocations about goals and achievements

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