|Haley’s Goal Setting||
ACTIVITY ID: 22306
Breaking goals into manageable steps can help school-age children meet their goals. Review the steps below and think about other ways Haley could accomplish her goal.
Decide on a goal
Pick a goal that is specific and realistic.
Make a timeline
Pick a time in the future that the goal should be completed by.
Organize into manageable steps
Smaller, short term goals can be easier to accomplish. Set steps toward making the goal happen.
Set your reward
Pick a reward that matches the importance of a goal.
Check your progress
Check your progress regularly throughout the timeline of the goal.
If needed, reevaluate the goal to see if the goal is realistic or too easy, or if it could be changed.
Haley is an 11-year-old child who has come to you with a problem and would like to fix it. You decide to work with her to help set a goal. Read through Haley’s information and as you review Haley’s Goal Worksheet, pretend that you are talking to Haley through each step of her goal setting.
I would like to feel better about myself by becoming more physically active. I’m not sure how to get started. I do like to play basketball and dance. I really don’t like the exercises we have to do in gym class though. I would like to be more physically active by the end of summer because I am thinking of trying out for cheerleading next school year. It is March now, so I think I have enough time. I could record my progress in a notebook.
Haley's Goal Setting
My goal is: To become more physically active
I would like to complete my goal by this date: August 15th (today’s date is March 20th)
To make my goal easier, I will break it up into the following steps.
1. Attend the aerobic dance class twice a week.
2. Join a recreational basketball league.
My reward for completing this goal will be: A you-can-do-it certificate from my after-school program. And a gift certificate for cheer supplies.
I will check my progress 5 times throughout the timeline of my goal. I will record my progress here:
April 5 - I found an aerobics dance class and have attended twice weekly. I am looking for a basketball team to join.
May 10 - I recruited friends to play basketball twice a week.
June 7 - I dropped down to once a week for aerobics dance. My friends don't like basketball as much as me, so I found a league at the YWCA.
July 8 - I love my basketball league!
August 10 - Basketball is great, but only once a week. My aerobics dance class is really expensive and it's hard to travel there too. Need to think about another activity to add.
If I am having a hard time completing my goal, I will see if I can make changes. I will record my ideas here and if needed, set a new goal.
April 8 - I haven't found a basketball league--I wonder if my friends might want to play basketball too? I will ask them.
May 13 - Basketball is fun! We laugh a lot! But we don't play as often as I thought we would. I will continue to look for a league.
August 12 - I am so glad I joined my basketball league, but I need to drop aerobics and add another activity. I heard I can join the indoor pool at school for a small fee. I now plan to swim on Saturdays. I feel great about sticking to my goal!