My contribution to our third quarter, school newsletter – encouraging students to establish goals.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
For many of us, the New Year is a time to focus on new resolutions and goals–even if the moment is fleeting. There is something refreshing about the opportunity to have a clean slate, to reflect on our performance and refocus on improvement. In many cases, this concept of New Year’s resolutions seems reserved for adults, but I would argue that it is equally critical for young people–especially junior high students. I might alter the quote by C.S. Lewis to say, “You are never too YOUNG to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
The great thing about school is that we not only get a fresh start each year, but each quarter. As we begin the second half of our school year, I would encourage all of our students to take time to reflect on how school has gone and identify a few specific goals for the upcoming semester. These might relate to academic, leadership, and athletic or social aspects of being a junior high student. Once goals have been identified, spend a few minutes developing a plan for achieving those goals and then share them with someone who will help hold you accountable (I would love to hear from students about their resolutions for the upcoming semester). Having goals, and reflecting on our progress towards achieving those goals, helps us maintain focus, learn responsibility and develop a sense of accomplishment.
“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” – Fitzhugh Dodson