2Kinds of GoalsGoals –something that you work toward and hope to achieve.Short-Term Goals -goals that are achieved quickly-in days and weeks.Long –Term Goals –goals that may take months or years to achieve.
3Six Suggestions for Setting Goals You are more likely to reach your goals if you map out how to get there. Below are six suggestions for setting goals. The six “S’s” are:Safe – the first thing to ask yourself is if this goal can harm youSatisfying- you should feel good about yourself when you reach your goals.Sensible-your goals, especially your short-term goals, be sensible, or realistic (something that you can achieve)Similar – goals should be similar to goals you have set in the past. This means your new goals should not contradict your earlier ones.Specific-good goals are specific which means that there are steps to achieve those goals and that the steps are very clear.Supported-would your parents or other responsible adults support your goals.Having family support will help you reach your goal. Share with your family how you plan to reach the goal.Self Discipline -ability to set a realistic goal or to make a plan and then stay focused on that goal or plan.If you have self-discipline, you can follow through on your commitments and resist doing things that might get in the way of your goal. Having self-discipline means that you have the willpower necessary to make good decisions.
4Make an Action PlanAction Plan -set of directions that will help you reach your goal.An Action Plan describes the step-by-step process you will take as you work towards your goal.An Action Plan also states the date you plan to meeet the goal.Action Plan Step-by-Step ProcessRewards –make a list of rewards you will reap for reaching your goal. This will remind you on why you are working so hard.Influences-what influences will hurt your or help you when working on your goals. The six common risk factors that are common among teens are: drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, behaviors that cause injury, poor dietary patterns, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle.Tracking your progress-every week, write down what you have accomplished and what has set you back on the road to achieving your goal.
5Section 4 Review Questions 1. Define the followingGoalAction PlanShort-term goalLong-term goalSelf-disciplineSummarize the six suggestions for setting goals.List 3 things you should do when making an action plan.State the six risk factors that can keep you from reaching any goal.Create an action plan to achieve one of your personal goals.