Five Qualities of a Valuable Goal

Valuable goals are:

■ in writing—create a document of your goal

■ specific—use as much detail as possible to explain what you want to accomplish

■ measurable—describe your goal in terms that can be clearly evaluated

■ realistic—don't set the goal too high or too low; you must be capable of reaching it with time and effort

■ deadline-oriented—determine a completion date; the achievement of your goal must hap pen in a reasonable time, not "in a few weeks," or "some time in the future"

The Goal Setting Chart below is a guideline. Depending on your goal, you may not need to fill out each section, or you may need to add a section or sections. Be flexible, but keep in mind the five qualities described above.

For example, your grades are not good, and you know you can do better. Following Lessons 1-3, you have a clear understanding of the problem. Following Lesson 4, you have brainstormed possible solutions by creating a Problem/Solution Outline that looks like this (next page):

Goal Setting Chart


What is in my way:

How I will achieve my goal:

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

What I need to accomplish goal:

Timeline for accomplishing goal:



When needed:

Monthly or long term:

What I will get from goal:

Causes Problem Effects

Causes Problem Effects

Possible Solutions

limit time on phone and computer after school, pay better attention in class, buy and use workbook on improving study skills

To create a goal based on this problem, you will need to focus on the solutions you brainstormed, and create a plan to implement them effectively.

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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