Teen-Tools_Smart-Goals-sample1a (1)Our journey toward healthy living happens one step at a time. Research shows that to maximize our chances for making positive healthy changes, we need to break down those changes into small, concrete steps. And then share the change we want to make aloud with at least one other person.

A SMART goal will help teens identify those small steps they are ready to take, and offer the support they’ll need to make a positive change. Here’s how. Once they’ve shaded in their scores from the self-assessments on their personal map of wellness, they will be invited to identify one thing they can commit to doing that could improve their score. To help them, we’ve included a section in each Unit for teens to write down a SMART goal for each of the eight areas of wellness.

CHARACTERISTICS OF SMART GOALS AND HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN

S Specific
For example: I will walk for 30 minutes three days this week vs. I need to start getting some exercise.

M Measurable and observable
For example: Thirty minutes each time.

A Achievable
For example: I will do this for two weeks and then evaluate. vs. I will do this for a year.

R Relevant
For example: Exercise is something I really care about and I feel strongly will make a
difference in my life.

T Time Sensitive
For example: I will do it before Friday

 

Teen-Tools_Smart-Goals formClick here to download a SMART Goal worksheet