New Beginnings – Part 1

New Beginnings – Part 1

I am sure many of you are already thinking of what your New Year’s Resolutions will be for 2012. Over the next three weeks I want to share some tips for those who are thinking of passing the CPA exam in 2012. And for those who decide there is no point in making resolutions because you never keep them anyway, a negative attitude will definitely make it difficult to succeed.

Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, attaining your CPA is a lofty goal, and one that you can certainly achieve by the end of 2012.

  1. Be positive. From the beginning, tell yourself what you plan to accomplish, set your goal, and do it!
  2. Make your goal realistic. Thinking you are going to take and pass all four sections of the CPA in two months is very unrealistic, and you will be discouraged when you aren’t able to meet such high expectations. On the other hand, don’t set your goals too low. An example of this would be taking one section in 6 months and then each of the other three sections several months apart. Such low expectations will lead to procrastination and ultimately failure.