Goal Setting

Goal Setting
H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S
What is Success?
 Success is accomplishing a desire or want
 Successful people have goals
 All goals have two things in common:
Desire & Action
 Success means different things to different people
 Success is setting and accomplishing your goals
 Success takes planning and action!
 Success means reaching your goals even if the going gets
Why Goals are Important
Goals provide direction and a sense of accomplishment
and are your roadmap for success in life!
 Roadmap Would you drive to Los Angeles without
 Recipe Would you cook a special dinner without one?
Short-term & Long-term Goals
 Short-term goals are the ones you will achieve in the
near future (i.e. in a day, week or possibly in a few
 Long-term goals are ones that you will achieve over an
extended period of time (i.e. one semester, one year,
five years, or twenty years)
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
 Specific A specific goal has a much better chance of being
accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must
answer the six "W" questions:
Who: Who is involved?
What: What do I want to accomplish?
Where: Identify a location.
When: Establish a time frame.
Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
A general goal would be:
I will get in shape.
A specific goal would be:
I will lift weights for muscular endurance at the Valley Athletic Club.
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
 Measurable If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.
Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the
attainment of each goal you set. To determine if your goal is
measurable, ask questions like … How much? How many?
 Choose a goal with measurable progress so you can see when
you reach your goal.
A general goal is:
I want to get good grades
A measureable goal is:
I want to get A’s (93%) and B’s (83%) and maintain a 3.5 GPA.
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
 Attainable When you identify goals that are most
important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can
make them come true.
 Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach
eventually move closer and become attainable, not
because your goals shrink, but because you grow and
expand to match them.
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
 This is not a synonym for easy.
 To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward
which you are both willing and able to work.
 Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement.
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
 A goal should be grounded within a time frame.
 With no time frame tied to it, there’s no sense of
 Putting an end date with your goal gives you
a clear target to work towards (month, day,
& year)
A timely goal is:
I want to graduate from Olympia High School
by June 25, 2014.
Practice Time!!
Put the following goal into S.M.A.R.T. format:
I want to eat healthier.
Example of the goal in S.M.A.R.T. form
“I will eat two servings of fruit and two servings of
vegetables each day for a week by January 31, 2011.
Try some more…..
Put the following goals into S.M.A.R.T. form:
1. I want to get good grades.
2. I want to get more sleep.
3. I want to make more friends.
4. I want to do well in my game/match.
5. I will get a job
Peer Pressure
Peer pressure is doing what someone wants you to do even
if you do not want to do it.
Questions to ponder?
1. Are your friends helping you reach your goals?
2. Are you helping your friends reach their goals?
3. Who’s in charge of your life?
Remember that this is your life, your goals,
and your success.
The Details
 Checkpoints These are necessary to help you evaluate your progress in
attaining each goal. Think of this in terms of steps that you must climb in order
to reach your goal. How will you monitor your progress to be sure that you will
reach your goal? Examples include: getting a gym membership, signing up for a
driver’s education course, visiting colleges, etc.
 Sources of Support Who or what will help you along on your journey to
accomplishing your goal? Friends, family, classmates, teachers, course materials,
etc. can all be sources of support.
 Roadblocks What are challenges or obstacles that may arise, which could
possibly interfere with your progress or with the completion of your
goal(s)? Being too busy, tired, or prone to procrastinating could all be
 Rewards How will you pat yourself on the back for making the effort and
succeeding? This should be something in addition to actually accomplishing the
goal. Be creative and try to match the reward to the goal (i.e. new running shoes
for a fitness goal). Remember that not all rewards have to involve money.
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
 The world is full of people that make excuses.
 Some people use excuses to shift the blame to someone
or something for their lack of effort.
 Eliminate excuses the thinking of the 3 D’s:
Time to Make Your Road Map to the Future!!

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