Goal Setting H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S 2010 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 tough. 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 one? 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 months) 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 Realistic 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 Timely A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it, there’s no sense of urgency. 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 roadblocks. 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: DREAMS, DESIRE, & DETERMINATION!! Time to Make Your Road Map to the Future!!