2012 Archive: Determination and Persistence

Goal: Explore what factors can influence reaching your goals.

Time required: 40 minutes

Materials required: Goal Boosters vs. Goal Busters Student Worksheet B, pen or pencil

Getting Started:

1. Ask: What influences bad decisions such as underage drinking? Discuss peer pressure, fear, and other factors that could lead to dangerous consequences. Share ideas for confronting these challenges.

2. Emphasize the roles of positive and negative forces in shaping your chances for success. Goal Boosters are positive forces that push you toward a goal. A great goal booster is healthy living, including exercise and good eating habits. Goal Busters are negative forces, such as underage drinking, that hold you back or weigh you down.

Using the Student Worksheet:

3. Distribute Goal Boosters vs. Goal Busters Student Worksheet B. Have students complete the graphic organizer. Ask for volunteers to give the answers for busters and boosters. (Answers might include: boosters—organized plan, healthy lifestyle, positive attitude; busters—underage drinking, poor self-image, lack of a plan.)

4. Tell students to sketch a plan for overcoming obstacles using these insights. Point out that this plan can apply to most life goals.


5. Discuss the worksheet results. Ask: Does anyone have tips for overcoming Goal Busters? Point out that a good way to help each other overcome obstacles is to work together and to talk about your problems with a peer or adult.

6. Encourage students to go to asklistenlearn.com and take the Pledge to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking.

Photo: Brian Clay, © Amanda Burks Photography

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