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Imagine this…an appointment runs long, you skip lunch and end up snacking the rest of the day.  That leads to eating dinner very late and you feeling like your whole diet and commitment to eating better in 2019 is blown!  Don’t toss in the towel and give up; each new morning brings a new day and a fresh start and a chance to start over.

One of the most important skills youth learn and practice in 4-H is goal setting behavior.  Here are some ways to help make goals more achievable for you and the youth in your life:

  • Youth standing with their arms linked.

    Youth are most motivated when they set their own goals.

    Make goals S.M.A.R.T.

    • Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Tangible
  • Develop an Action Plan
    • Write goals down
    • Have an action plan to track progress
    • Reflect along the way
  • Make your goals present in your daily activities
    • Put a reminder note on your mirror
    • Set a reminder alarm on your phone
  • Get an accountability partner
    • Find someone you can trust to report your progress
    • Check in an chat

      Nothing matches the look on a face when a goal is reached!

My son is my physical activity accountability partner, and he and I walk together.  Sometimes he has to drag me out of the house, and sometimes I have to get him motivated to go – whatever it takes to meet your goals.

Remember, every day is new with the opportunity to start fresh each day.  Make a New Day Resolution to achieve your goals.  If you fell off the wagon yesterday, let it go.  Best wishes for a great new year and for every new day you have!

For more information on 4-H in your county, contact your local UF/IFAS Extension office.

Resources:  How Setting Goals Helps Teens Succeed

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