Putting Goals Into Action

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Putting Goals Into Action

Any time you want to make an improvement or change in life, setting goals can help. Whether you’re trying to get in shape, learn how to cook, find a new job, or paint the walls of your bedroom, goal setting will help you get there.

Here are tips on how to set and reach those goals successfully:

Plan for action. Write your main goal down, and then the little steps that will help you get there. This includes planning deadlines for each target and writing down all the “nitty-gritty” small things you can do today, tomorrow, and later on this week in order to achieve your goal and targets. For example, if you’re going to paint your room, you’ll have to move furniture, buy the paint and brushes, and prep your work area first.

Identify obstacles. Sometimes, in spite of the best intentions and thorough planning, obstacles get in the way. Obstacles don’t necessarily stop you from achieving your goals, but they present a roadblock. They challenge you to devise strategies to overcome them. For example, if you go to buy paint and they don’t have the color you like, you’ll have to problem solve or even change your plan somewhat.

Focus on rewards. You might feel motivated if you focus on rewards rather than the pain involved in achieving your goals. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to write down all the benefits you hope to gain.

Visualize success. You can create an image of the things that you want to achieve and use it for inspiration.

Be flexible. There’s never just one way to achieve something. Have multiple options in mind to achieve your goals.

Use your resources. Whatever your goal, you can get tips and tutorials online and from knowledgeable people around you (teachers, coaches, doctors, friends). You can also get moral support from your community of friends, elders, spiritual leaders and family.

Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times.

Many articles in this section were adapted from WeRNative.org, a website for Native Youth by Native Youth