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  • 1. Step Up, Ms. Quiñones
  • 2.  Successful goals are usuallly:  Specific  Measurable  Attainable  Realistic  Time Bound
  • 3. Specific Goals Ask and Answer the 6 W’s.  Who: Who is involved?  What: What do I want to accomplish?  Where: Identify a location.  When: Establish a time frame.  Which: Identify requirements and constraints.  Why: Specify reasons, purposes or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
  • 4. Examples: Goal that needs work:  I want to volunteer. Better, more specific goal:  I want to volunteer with elementary age children after school at a convenient location.
  • 5. Measurable Goals Establish Clear Criteria To measure progress, they ask:  How much?  How many?  How will I know when it is accomplished?
  • 6. Example: Goal that needs work:  I want to improve my pronunciation. Better, more measurable goal:  I want to improve my pronunciation of “th”.
  • 7. Attainable Goals Are Within Your Reach As you identify important goals, you begin to figure out ways that you can achieve them. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. Attainable goals are challenging, but they are within your capability.
  • 8. Example: Goal that needs more work:  I want to get my law degree within 1 yr of graduation. Better, more attainable goal:  I want to complete my law degree within 3 yrs of graduating with a bachelor’s.
  • 9. Realistic goals are Do-able They are objectives that you are willing and able to work toward. Goals can be both high and realistic. High goals can be realistic if you truly believe they can be accomplished.
  • 10. Example: Goal that needs work:  I’ll cut sugar out of my diet completely. Better, more realistic goal:  I’ll drink one glass more of water per day instead of soda or juice.
  • 11. Time Bound Goals Have a Specified End. There is a reasonable target date for a timely goal. Deadlines too far in the future can be put off. Deadlines that are too soon can be unrealistic.
  • 12. Example: Goal that needs work:  I will memorize every Micheal Jackson song. Better, more timely goal:  I will memorize Thriller by the end of the week.
  • 13.  Long term goals are in your distant future.  These can be “wishes” with a basis in reality.  To reach them, you need to set smaller, short term goals to aid you in reaching them. ▪ Ask yourself: ▪ What can I do 6 months from now? ▪ What can I do 6 weeks from now? ▪ What can I do today?
  • 14.  Always leave room to be flexible Be SMART Set goals for yourself in various areas of your life.  I.E. Academic, physical, mental, social, etc.