Turning over a new leaf doesn’t just belong to New Year’s Day. Goal Setting and celebrating achievements are the markers of successful lives. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound. Here’s how to set SMART goals for yourself and make certain of your success.
We all have goals for our lives. They are the things we want for ourselves that we don’t yet have. Some of our goals are short term, we can get them quite quickly like eating less chocolate or going to bed by 10pm. Other goals take more time and need to be broken down into smaller steps like improving a maths grade by 15% or getting a driver’s licence. Goals are not the same as dreams for our life which tend to be much bigger and more general -like I want to be rich and famous and have my photo on the front of a major magazine. Dreams involve a large dollop of wild imagination. Goals balance imagination with careful planning.
Teens often find that other people also have goals for their lives. Mom wants me to be a doctor, my maths teacher wants me to talk less in class, my boyfriend wants me to grow my hair long… There is only one thing to say about other people’s goals, they belong to other people. Only you have the power to change you and that power comes from wanting it for yourself. What do you want? Read more