Yesterday, you learned about your beliefs— what things are most important to you in how you live your life. Today we’re going to see where it is that you want to go in your life.
Long-term goals: think about where you want to be in the future. In 5 years from now, you guys will be 18/19. Ask yourself these questions: What will you be doing? Where will you be? Who will you be with? Areas to work on: Physical: health, exercise, sleep, nutrition; help your body feel good. Mental: school/grades, talents/interests; give example Emotional: feelings; example: dealing with anger
Family/social: improve relationships in your life; give examples, ie getting along with parents, friends
Decide on an area you want to work on. Set a goal for 5 years for where you want to be. Short-term goals: Now break your goal up into 3 smaller goals that you can reach now. You can’t eat a whole elephant, but you can eat one bite at a time. Short-term goals help you reach your long-term goal.
Consider your resources: What do you need to meet your goal? (time, money, skills, people, knowledge, self-discipline) Do you have enough resources to reach your goal?
If not, you will have to change your goal or figure out a way to get resources. There are many ways to reach the same goal.
Sometimes your goals will conflict. For example, you decided to spend more time with your family, but you also want to develop good basketball skills with your friends. How do you decide which goal comes first. You have to prioritize, or put the most important goals first. This will help you make choices when you have conflicts. Learning to prioritize your life is a key to taking responsibility and growing up. You will have to choose between your goals and values all your life. Ask these questions if you are confused about your goals: 1. Does this goal satisfy my needs and wants? 2. Is it in