Thinking about your future can be a bit scary and overwhelming. However, it doesn’t have to be. Get ready with our goal setting activities. One thing that will help to lessen anxiety about the future is to take some time right now to set some goals for YOU. You can even enlist the help of your parents, a guidance counselor or trusted mentor. Setting goals brings things into focus, helping you to envision your path and providing direction. These goal setting activities are a fun way to get started.
3 Easy Goal Setting Activities
Short-Term Goal Visualization
A great way to start the goal setting process is to focus on short-term goals because it’s far less intimidating to consider goals for the upcoming week or month than it is to think about years down the road. Choose up to three goals to set for the next day, week or month. Maybe even set one goal for each time frame. Then visualize step by step how you will achieve these short-term goals, including the actions you will take and the timeframe in which the goal will be completed.
A goal board is a visual way to track your goals. You’ll need a large poster board and some old magazines. Find pictures in the magazines that speak to YOU and represent the kinds of things you hope to attain. Then cut them out and attach them to your board. You can get creative and make a collage in any way that makes sense to you. Maybe you want to separate your board into short and long-term goals. You may even want to create separate boards. The choice is YOURS.
When I’m 30
A fun way to think about long-term goals is to write and brainstorm where YOU see yourself when you’re 30. Take a sheet of paper, and divide it into three sections for personal, professional and educational goals you’d like to achieve by the time you reach 30. Write down goals for each section. Be sure to include steps for how you hope to reach those goals such as getting good grades, graduating college or technical school, being active in the community or obtaining an internship in your field. This is a great, non-threatening way to gain a perspective on what you see in your future.
These are merely a few goal-setting activities to get YOU started. There are lots of creative ways to start setting achievable goals for you and it starts with YOU!