I know my mom and adult leaders plan, but the idea of goals was more than I wanted to wrap my head around until recently. I have always been the kid who is still finishing up the year's work in July while my sister is enjoying a break because she finished her work early. Honestly, a couple of times I've wondered if I'd get my work complete in time to attend summer camp. Thankfully, my last-minute scrambling have always paid off and I've finished in the nick of time every time.
This year was different. Something clicked in the spring and I realized that if I do an extra math lesson, even every other day, then I'd at least finish on time. Oh, was that a goal I just set? I shocked my parents by doing lessons on the weekends and some evenings. Before I knew it, May was here and I was at the end of the book! To reward me for finishing so early, my mom let me take a few weeks off of math while I finished out the school year.
In the extra time that I had to think while I wasn't doing math, I realized that I could take this finishing early thing to the next level. I calculated that I could easily finish each math level in 8 months. What if I took a short break at the end of each level and then moved on without waiting for the next year to begin? I could complete high school math during 10th grade and take college classes during 11th and 12th grades!
Now that it clicked for me, I want to take a minute to share with you a couple of things about our goal-setting. We write three goals each year: academic, behavioral/social and personal. Each goal is written in our journal like this:
- Why it's important
- Steps I will take to achieve it
- Help I will need
- When I plan to accomplish it
My mom made this to help us in our goals:
So what are your goals this year?