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January 2020

Week of January 6


Monday:  Introduction of Goals and why we set them

When we talk about setting goals, we want these goals to be something important to you.  We don’t set goals just for school, but for everything we want in life.  Think about some things that are important to you right now.  These can be grades, family, a sport, or it can be as simple as an emotion like happiness, peace, gratitude.

  • What would you like to have happen today?
  • What strengths do you have to make it happen?
  • Who can help you achieve it?

Tuesday: Consider what’s important to you and set priorities:

  • Make a simple list of life’s priorities which may include things like family, friends, faith, health, education, profession, wealth and social impact.
  • Now identify your top two or three:
    • Stay focused on these, get some early wins and set yourself up for larger and greater successes in the future!

Wednesday: Dream big but play small!

  • Goals are the critical steps we take on the path to our dreams
  • Success is never one huge leap. It is almost always a succession of hundreds or thousands of tiny steps forward…and most likely a few steps backward along the way

Thursday: Now let’s try setting a goal for today!

  • What is important to you?
  • Identify the first few steps to achieving that goal: Maybe it isn’t getting straight A’s, but shoot for an A on your next math quiz.
    • Go to homework club
    • Ask questions in class
    • Review your study guide with your teacher
    • Study with a friend or older sibling tonight
    • Remember it’s baby steps…

Friday: Did you set a goal yesterday?

  • What was it?
  • Did you achieve it?
  • How?
  • Did someone help you?
  • If you set a goal but couldn’t achieve it, what were the roadblocks?
    • Try it again today and find a work around to it.

Week of Jan. 13-17


Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Monday: Setting goals brings things into focus, helping you to envision your path and provide direction.  Know how to set and achieve our goals so that you feel successful in your efforts big or small. S.M.A.R.T. Goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound objectives that will provide you with a direct path to achieve success.


Be SPECIFIC: What exactly do you want to accomplish?

  • Using words like “better” or “more” is not specific enough. Instead of saying “I want a better grade in math” say “I want to complete all assignments in math this week and have zero missing assignments” or “My goal is to earn a B or higher on my next quiz”.

Tuesday: Make the goal MEASURABLE: How will you know when you have accomplished your goal?

  • You should have some clear definition of success. This answers how much or how many and highlights how you’ll know if you achieved your goal.  Instead of saying “I want to be a nicer person” say “My goal is to give at least 3 compliments to people I care about today” or “I’m going to spend at 10 minutes helping my mom today.”

Wednesday: Make the goal ACHIEVABLE: How can the goal be accomplished? What will you do to make sure this happens?

  • Your goal should be challenging, but still reasonable to achieve. Reflecting on this can reveal any potential barriers that you may need to overcome to realize success.  Outline the steps you’re planning to take to achieve your goal. If you’re goal is to finish your five-paragraph essay that is due in two weeks, break down the steps per day, leaving plenty of time to catch up if you hit a roadblock.  For example, “My goal is to finish my five-paragraph essay in 6 days.  I will complete my outline and first paragraph on Monday, Tuesday I will write my second and third paragraph, Wednesday I will finish my fourth and fifth paragraph.  By Friday I will have my rough draft completed and ready for review.

Thursday: Your goal should be RELEVANT: Is this goal worth working hard to accomplish?

  • Determining if this is aligned to your values and if it is a priority focus for you will help you answer why you should do it. For example, if your goal is to become a better volleyball player, then it is important to set goals such as “My goal is to serve at least three aces in the next volleyball match.  I will spend 20 minutes a day for the next two weeks practicing my overhand serve.”

Friday: Make your goal TIMELY: What’s your deadline? When will the goal be accomplished?

  • Every goal needs a target date, something that motivates you to really apply the focus and discipline necessary to achieve it. Set a realistic timeframe to achieve your goal to ensure you don’t get discouraged. “By January 15, I will turn in all missing assignments from second quarter.”



Week of January 21-24: How to achieve what you set out to do


Tuesday: Create Action Items/Steps using the 1-2-7 Rule: The 1-2-7 rule breaks things down into doable increments by Day 1, Day 2 and Day 7.  If your goal is to turn in all missing assignments by the end of the week, ask yourself for:

  • Day 1 “What can I do today to accomplish my goal?” Maybe this is simply asking your teacher for your missing assignments.
  • Day 2 is “What should I have done by the end of day tomorrow?” This can be sitting down with the counselor or your parent to organize and prioritize your assignments per day.
  • Day 7 is when you ask yourself “What should I have accomplished by now?” “Did I achieve my goal this week?” If not, get some extra help or adjust your goal.

Wednesday: You may feel like life is getting overwhelming with school, after school activities, friends, etc. It is easy to get distracted and fall behind on your goals.

  • Recognize when you need help: If your goal is to earn a 90% or higher on your math quiz, then you may want to attend homework club 3 days this week for extra help, speak with your teacher after school, have the number of a study buddy that you can call if you get confused on your study guide, or spend sometime on Khan Academy for more practice.

Thursday: Sometimes circumstances change, and those changes can affect your goals.

  • Stop and reassess: Ask yourself “Am I still able to hit my mark?” “Has anything changed that is making it hard for me?” You may need to adjust the amount of time, measure/target goal, or your focus onto other things. If your exercise goal was to run for 30 minutes a day, that may be more difficult as the weather changed.  You can change your plan to running on a treadmill or doing a different exercise indoors to keep you in shape until the paths are clear. 

Friday: It’s important for students to regularly check in with their action plans

  • Review your action plans regularly: It’s helpful to keep your goal or action plan in the front of your binder so you can see and think about them often. You can also keep reminders in your phone, use post-its on your mirrors. If you are starting to ignore your goal, it may be time to create a new action plan or change your goal to something that is more relevant, achievable or pressed for time.


Week of Jan 27-31: Adding to your goal setting toolbox


Monday: Tips to goal setting toolbox.

  • Identify obstacles to success: Creating action items for your goal is key – but identifying what stands in the way of your success is also an important piece of the puzzle. Your goal may be to raise your grade from a D to B.  You need to determine why your grade is low to begin with.  Are you not doing enough homework? Is there a friend who is distracting you? Are you spending too much time on social media or playing video games? Maybe you take care of a younger brother or sister after school.  Once you identify these obstacles, you need to be honestly committed to eliminating or working around these roadblocks.

Tuesday: Sometimes improvement takes time.

  • Aim for progress not perfection – you may not be able to accomplish all the action items in your goal or plan. But if you have made progress, even if it isn’t perfection, this will help you celebrate your achievements and continue persevering toward your goals

Wednesday: Have a Growth Mindset.

  • Believe that with hard work and perseverance your learning will grow with time and experience. Don’t give up on setting goals if you did achieve the last one.  Keep at it and you will learn to set more realistic and achievable goals.  Your effort will affect your success. 

Thursday: Not all goals have to be academic.

  • Have fun! You can create action plans for relaxation and fun, too. Maybe you want your goal to be 500 TikTok followers 😊

Friday: Goal-setting review

  • When making a goal be sure its SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound
  • Create an action plan with the 1-2-7 rule
  • Identify roadblocks and discover workarounds
  • Think positively
  • Get help when you need it