Taking Charge (2nd ed.), Chapter 1.1

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Taking Charge (2nd ed.), Chapter 1.1

  1. 1. Planning Your Future Section 1.1: Success Starts With You Taking Charge : Chapter 1 © 2010 TSTC Publishing
  2. 2. Things Are Different Now <ul><li>Things are different in high school and college. Some difficulties you may face include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level of classroom material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roommates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homesickness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased Responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attendance Policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balancing Social Life and Study Habits </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  3. 3. The Importance of Goals <ul><li>Defining what “it” is you want </li></ul><ul><li>Putting together a plan to achieve it </li></ul><ul><li>Executing your plan effectively </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  4. 4. SMART Goal Setting <ul><li>Specific </li></ul><ul><li>Measurable </li></ul><ul><li>Attainable </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic </li></ul><ul><li>Timed </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  5. 5. S pecific <ul><li>Too vague: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It would be great to live in a big house some day. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More focused: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I want to live in a two-story house with my spouse and kids by the time I am thirty-five. </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  6. 6. M easurable <ul><li>Too vague: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Losing some weight would be great. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More focused: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I will treat myself every time I lose five pounds until I reach my goal of 25 pounds. </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  7. 7. A ttainable & R ealistic <ul><li>Not likely to happen: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I want to lose 25 pounds this month. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More likely to happen: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I want to lose two pounds a week for the next three months. </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  8. 8. T imed <ul><li>Too vague: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I’ll do some research about healthy eating habits one of these days. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More focused: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I’ll have a diet plan put together before I do my next weekly grocery shopping. </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  9. 9. Putting It Together <ul><li>Write down your goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Check each of them against each SMART category. </li></ul><ul><li>Do any additional thinking/writing necessary to make sure all the pieces to achieve your goal are there. </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  10. 10. Further Reflection <ul><li>What are examples of goals you’ve achieved in the past? How & why did you succeed? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s an example of a goal you didn’t meet? How & why did this happen? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you want your life to be in the future and what do you need to accomplish to get there? </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  11. 11. Additional Resources <ul><li>The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey </li></ul><ul><li>Mind Tools @ www.mindtools.com </li></ul><ul><li>Earthling Communication Blog @ www.earthlingcommunication.com/blog / </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing

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