Topics: Goal, Decision making Pages: 6 (1761 words) Published: March 18, 2014
Review the vocabulary: long-term and short-term goals.
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. For example:

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 line with my values?
3. Do I have the resources I need?
4. Does the goal need to be completed now or later?
1. Lecture/Notes
2. A balanced life worksheet (curriculum guide, personal leadership p. 11) 3. Set a long-term goal for one area in your life, and 3 short-term goals to help you reach the long-term goal. 4. Letter to yourself - Where are you going to be and what are you going to be doing in 5 years? Include family, friends, education, home, accomplishments, career, etc., ½-1 page; put it in an envelope and address it to be mailed in 5 years. It may be done in another language. 5. Teacher interview - Work with the teacher to develop a plan for improving your grade or behavior. Follow your plan.

Summary: Setting long-term goals will help you be happy. Setting short-term goals will help you reach your long-term goals. Application: project

Life Skills— 8th grade
Title: Making decisions
Standard/concept: Good decisions are made by analyzing the situation for the best choice Objective: students will practice making good decisions
Time: 1 day
Materials: board and marker, a star template for tracing, construction paper, copies of worksheets. Lesson Content:
Definition of decision: choice you make between 2 or more possibilities. Decisions are a part of life. You will always make decisions. Some decisions are easy to make; others are difficult. Not making a decision is a decision. Different people have different ways of making decisions. Small impulse decisions probably won’t do any harm. Bigger decisions require a more organized way of choosing and require more thought and analysis. The decision-making process

1. Define the problem. What is it?
2. Identify alternatives/choices. What can you do?
Usually more choices than you think. Talk to others and explore options to help you see more choices.
3. Compare possible outcomes. What are the consequences of each choice? List the pros and cons of...
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