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This topic will help you to:

  • recognize reasons for setting goals
  • identify situations in which goals can be set

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You wish to apply for a grant to pay for a goal setting course that you want to attend. The grant application requires you to list 5 key reasons why you should be given the funding. You need find out more about the course and come up with 5 reasons why goal setting will be helpful to you.

You may ask your class mates to help you.

Your Role: Researcher

Suggested Proceedure: What you need to do:

  • 1. Talk to people and research the reasons why people find it useful to set goals.
  • 2. Read (listen to) the stories of James and Stella below.
  • 3. Research the resources provided at the bottom
  • 4. Develop key ideas. Narrow the reasons down to 5 key reasons.
  • 5. When you have your 5 key ideas report back to the class in discussion or a discussion forum. The class is then to work to pull together all of the ideas and to develop a class list of 5 key reasons for setting goals.

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James' Story

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James has loss all interest in school. He wants to leave and get a job. He has spent a lot of time recently arguing with his parents who want him to stay at school and to get some qualifications. James is confused and lacking in energy. He does not know where to start looking for a job and he has lost focus on his school work. His mother has suggested he could stay and school at get a part time job.

The school counsellor at school suggested James has a talk with Sam an older student who has recently finished a goal setting course.

One week later

The school counsellor got Sam and James together for a chat. Sam talked to James about the goals setting course. “I’ve been trying to save up for a car for a long time and was not getting any where fast and I had started to give up all hope of getting my own wheels” he said. Sam talked about how on the course he wrote down what he wanted to achieve and how much money he would need. He looked at ways he could go about saving the money and made an action plan so that he could reach his target. He explained that most of all the goal setting exercise helped him to focus on what he really wants and to sort out what is important. He now feels more motivated and he can see how his dream of driving his own car can be a reality, he has a plan for the future. James wrote down the details of the course.

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Stacey's Story

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Stella was a confident, popular and happy young person who enjoyed playing netball, basketball and just hanging with her friends. All that changed when her mother got a job in a new city! Stella feels that the shift to the new city has wrecked her life; she misses her friends and feels that she does not fit in at her new school. She has lost confidence in herself and finds it hard to get motivated to do anything. Her school work is suffering and her fitness level has dropped dramatically as she has not played or trained for sport for at least three months. She feeling that her old friends have forgotten her and she feels left out of the social goings on back in her old town.

Stella’s aunty Maria is a life coach and the family have called her in to talk to Stella.

Maria is shocked by the change in Stella but reassures Stella and her family that she knows how to get Stella’s life back on track. Stella and Maria start by sitting down and making a list of all the good things that Stella has going for her. She as a network of friends back in her old town, she has a supportive family, she is good at sport and she has Maria help to work out what she want’s, to set some goals and to create an action plan. Maria explains that once she know what her goals are and has an action plan the future will look much brighter. Once we have the action plan she explains you will be able to move beyond your self-doubts, overcome your fears, you will begin to think positive and your self esteem and confidence will increase.

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Web Resources

Worksheet: What are you good at? What do you like doing? Where do you want to be in 5 years time?
World's Fastest Indian Movie Clip

What is a Life Coach?

Against the odds