I exercised three times a week for at least 20 minutes and my body is in better shape than ever. I now want to stay this healthy.
I can now run three miles, without stopping and finish in the top two-thirds of any race at the end of my freshman year.
Category: Long Term
Every day this year, I moved closer to my goal of getting into USC by studying hard, playing sports, volunteering in my community and expanding my art portfolio. Failure is impossible.
Carol asked Maxwell to give serious thought to the next year and how he wants to shape his life, and to take the goal-setting task very seriously. The goals could remain totally private, but she wanted him to take great care in constructing them. He is to place the index cards in a drawer so that he can see the cards on a regular basis, but doesn’t have to read them repeatedly, unless he chooses to do so. At the end of the year, he can review them and consider the extent to which he accomplished what he set out to do.
In Carol’s experience, just seeing the cards in a drawer served to remind, inspire and propel her in the directions she wanted to go. Usually goals are achieved in a much shorter time period than expected and that can lead to more goals and a greater sense of mastery.
The exercise, she hoped, would help her child focus and deliberately channel his energies and efforts in constructive, meaningful ways, getting him to think about and actively shape the kind of high school experience he would like to have.
By modeling goal-setting and encouraging our children to envision their future and set goals, we may help our children to feel they can shape their lives in positive ways.