10 Step Set Goals It’s important for people of all ages to have goals. Goals give you direction and focus. Having a goal also helps you develop a plan of action. For example, if you want to go to college, there are certain things you need to do to reach that goal. Ifyou’renotinthehabitofsetting goals, now is the time to start! Set short-term and long-term goals Short-term goals are goals you can achieve within days or weeks. Long- term goals are goals that take weeks, months, or even years to achieve. Below are a few examples. Jason's short-term goals: Get a B on my next history test Have all of my chores done by Friday Practice my soccer drills three times this week Jason's long-term goals: Get all As and Bs on my next report card Make the soccer team next year Go to college and become a lawyer Make your goals specific, measurable, and realistic Not specific – I will do better in math. Specific – I will get a B in math this semester. Not measurable – I won’t be so shy in class. Measurable – I will raise my hand at least three times today. Not realistic – Even though I usually get all Cs on my report card, this semester I will get straight As. Realistic – I usually get all Cs on my report card, but this semester I’m going to get Bs in at least two classes. 4