The Five-Step Approach to Writing Goals in High School

online high school studentBy: Matthew C. Blair, M. Ed. – Virtual Guidance Counselor

Although you may not have realized it, you have been setting goals since you were very young.  Did you ever climb up on the kitchen counter to get a cookie from the cabinet?  Your goal was to get that cookie, and you worked out a plan to get it, even if it seemed out of reach.  You need to take the same approach to getting your high school diploma online.

Goals are important because they help motivate you to do your work, attend school regularly, and study for tests.  Even though you already may have set some goals for your classes, chances are you may not have analyzed how realistic those goals were.

You can increase your chances for success by learning to set goals that are both realistic and motivational.  Effective goal setting is an important life skill.  Learn to master these skills and watch how the dreams that you are following suddenly begin to chase you.

The Five-Step Approach to Writing Goals:

Writing effective goals is not as easy.  You need to consider what you want to accomplish, any obstacles that could prevent you from achieving your goal, and the resources available to you.  You will need a pen or pencil for this exercise.

  1. Write down what you want to accomplish.  This should be thought of as your tentative goal statement.  The easiest way to begin your goal statement is with the words “I want to…”
  2. Write down any obstacles.  Think about whether there are any course requirements, assignments, tests, or technology factors that could jeopardize your success.  Make a list of the difficulties you may encounter.
  3. Consider your general resources.  What subjects are easier for you?  Are you better with science or math?  Is social studies a breeze?  Who do you depend on for help when circumstances get tough?  Your parents, friends, teachers, guidance counselors, and other significant adults are all resources.  Next, consider each of the obstacles you listed.  Think about how you might use your resources to overcome each obstacle.  Write down specific resources you could use to achieve each goal.
  4. Review and revise your rough goal statement.  Now that you have considered all possible difficulties and your resources, you are ready to write your final goal statement.  In some cases, you may find that your rough goal statement is fine the way it is.
  5. Polish your goal statement.  Check to be sure that your final statement is well written and takes into consideration all the possible road blocks that may occur.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

– Henry Ford

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~ by pinnaclepov2224 on September 7, 2011.

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