Taste-Berry Teen's Guide to Setting & Achieving Goals


An exciting new volume filled with stories, commentary and advice by teens (ages twelve through twenty) who tell of their experiences and share their ideas about setting and achieving goals! As most taste-berry teens know, goals spell the difference between wishful thinking and making things happen. Setting goals and reaching them are the keys to making teens' lives purposeful, worthwhile and filled with happiness.

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An exciting new volume filled with stories, commentary and advice by teens (ages twelve through twenty) who tell of their experiences and share their ideas about setting and achieving goals! As most taste-berry teens know, goals spell the difference between wishful thinking and making things happen. Setting goals and reaching them are the keys to making teens' lives purposeful, worthwhile and filled with happiness.

For all teenagers-from master goal-setters to beginners with no idea where to start-this step-by-step guide shows how to:

  1. Discover what their personality, aptitudes and hobbies reveal about them
  2. Determine if they are dreaming "big enough"
  3. Identify goals in nine areas of life
  4. Set long- and short-range goals for today, tomorrow and the future
  5. Develop a plan of action to achieve goals
  6. Break goals into manageable monthly, weekly and daily "to-dos"
  7. Remove obstacles that stand in the way of achieving goals
  8. Learn ways to encourage, coach and inspire themselves to reach their goals

Divided into five units, each opens with A Message from the Authors, followed by a story by a teen. A specific concept or skill is then presented along with a "Virtual Practice" section where teens are given the chance to apply what they've learned-actually identifying, setting and charting out how to achieve their goals. Teens will gobble up this latest volume of taste-berry advice!

Stories, commentary, and advice by teens who relate their experiences and share their ideas about setting and achieving goals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613969604
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002

Meet the Author

Bettie B. Youngs, Ph.D., Ed.D., and her daughter, Jennifer Leigh Youngs, coauthored the runaway best-sellers, Taste Berries for Teens: Inspirational Short Stories and Encouragement on Life, Love, Friendship and Tough Issues; More Taste Berries for Teens; Taste Berries for Teens #3; A Taste-Berry Teen's Guide to Managing the Stress and Pressures of Life and Taste Berries for Teens Journal. Bettie has appeared frequently on CNN, NBC Nightly News and Oprah. Her acclaimed books include Safeguarding Your Teenager from the Dragons of Life; Taste-Berry Tales; the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Gifts of the Heart; and the award-winning Values from the Heartland.

Jennifer is a speaker and workshop presenter for teens and parents nationwide. She is also the author of Feeling Great, Looking Hot and Loving Yourself! Health, Fitness and Beauty for Teens and Goal-Setting Skills for Young Adults.

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Chapter 8

How Do You Define Success?

What Do Brittany Whiteside, Chris Burke and Lyle Rincon Have in Common?

Brittany Whiteside

By the time she was thirteen years old, Brittany Whiteside dreamed of knowing her way around the Internet. She didn't even know exactly what it was she'd find there, but she was curious to find out. Creative Web pages especially caught her eye. Whenever Brittany spotted what she considered "an awesome Web page with an effect that was fun or a layout that was cool," she would take note of the source code. Then step-by-step she'd go through the source code so she could re-create it for herself later. By the time she was fifteen years old, Brittany had started her first Web site-one little page, with her hobby of beaded jewelry as its topic! Then, she decided her site would carry an array of beads from different wholesalers, instructions for re-creating beads, patterns pages on the history of beads and beautiful pictures of exquisite beadwork. Her one-page Web site now had four pages. She founded her company, "String Along"-with its ever-expanding Web site-and the rest is, as they say, "history"!

Today Brittany's site averages about forty-two hundred page views per day. It's grown into a huge archive, not only filled with everything Brittany had dreamed of, but also including listings of where to purchase nearly a thousand different kinds of beads, as well as one hundred bead-working patterns. It also posts two hundred pieces of beaded jewelry, beading tools and supplies, and all sorts of other beadwork items. Though Brittany is set to begin college in the fall, her lucrative company (like its creator) will remain, as she likes to put it, "stringing along," ever forward on the road to success.

Chris Burke

Chris Burke was born with Down's syndrome. Children born with this syndrome have one too many chromosomes, resulting in a similar appearance, thwarted development and a ceiling on potential. Since IQ peaks out at around 75, capability and ability are severely limited-or so it was thought.

Most of the world now knows Chris Burke not only from his unforgettable interview on national television some years ago when he came in third in the Special Olympics-and wowed the world with his "acceptance" speech-but also as the charismatic and gifted actor and television star of the television series, Life Goes On. The show enjoyed four years of excellent ratings. He's also authored a bestselling book, A Special Kind of Hero, and is currently the editor-in-chief of the National Down's Syndrome Society magazine, devoting tireless energy to making his new dream come true-helping create a magazine to expand awareness and understanding of Down's syndrome. Chris offers some words on why he thinks this very special and much-needed national magazine is so successful: "We're successful because we talk about what works. We don't dwell on the negatives. We highlight victories!"

This very special young man has surged well beyond the commonly held assumptions of those with Down's syndrome. Interestingly it is not outside the scope of what he expects of himself. "I grew up with being told not to place limitations on myself," he says. "My parents taught me to always 'upgrade my expectations' and to set goals for a great life. My motto is: 'Find something you love to do, set goals for achieving it, and be willing to spend the time it takes to accomplish it.' That's the key to success. When you're doing what you like to do, it puts a smile on your face!" Chris adds, "I want to produce and direct a movie next. It's just a matter of time." Suddenly his eyes light up and he says, "I'd love to do a movie with Steven Spielberg. . . . Seriously, he's the very best director there is. He's my mentor: I want to be as good a director as he is." Laughing like a grizzly bear gargling through honey, Chris adds, "Someday, I will." Given his track record for goal-setting and achievement, we have no reason to doubt that Chris will do that, too.

Lyle Rincon

By the age of eighteen, Lyle Rincon's life was spiraling out of control. Lyle had started drinking with friends, "just to party" on weekends when he was in the ninth grade, but by the time his senior year rolled around, Lyle was drinking on a regular basis, sometimes even before school in the morning. "When I got arrested for being under the influence of alcohol at a concert," Lyle told us, "I thought it was the worst thing that could ever happen to me. But now I can see I wasn't only arrested; I was actually rescued." Lyle was court-ordered into an alcohol awareness program where he learned about alcoholism, about himself and about how to live a life of sobriety. "I learned so much. One day at a time, I know I can live a successful life sober. Now, there are so many things I want to achieve. One of my most important goals is to become an alcohol awareness educator teaching DUI classes," Lyle explains. "While I never ended up with a DUI, I know that's where I was headed-and I'd like to help others who weren't as lucky as I was. I know firsthand how helpless and desperate being addicted to alcohol can make you feel-and I know firsthand that there's a way out."

With more than two years of sobriety, Lyle is now enrolled in college where he's completing courses to become certified as an alcohol and drug counselor. He volunteers at the outpatient program that he was once court-ordered to attend and has an internship at a "teen recovery center" in his area. "Right now success means two things to me: continuing to stay sober one day at a time (that's the biggest one), and two, to have a full-time career as an alcohol awareness educator." Already quite a success in his recovery, Lyle is well on his way to achieving his new goals.

What Makes a Person Successful?

In the stories above, which teen do you consider to be the "most successful"? Would you say that it was Lyle Rincon, who overcame alcoholism and was then moved to create a career of helping others around his experience? Or would you consider it Brittany Whiteside, who launched a hugely successful Web-based business of her very own and made an enormous amount of money in the process? Perhaps your idea of the greatest success is Chris Burke, who not only soared well beyond what is considered possible for someone born with Down's syndrome, but whose achievements are extraordinary for anyone his age?

So who is the most successful? It depends. What one person sees as success is not always the same as what the next person perceives it to be. To some, being a success may mean making a lot of money, while to another it may be winning a tough competition, and to yet another it could be overcoming a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. To someone else, "being successful" may be seen as having attained material things-such as a fancy car, their "dream home" or owning nicely tailored clothes-while for another it's having earned the recognition, admiration, and love of friends and family. For still others, it may be "peace of mind" or being healthy and feeling energetic and able to do the things the person wants to do. Success might even be perceived as an achievement, such as having lowered a sprint time, raised a math score, earned a college diploma or secured a position.

You can define success in many ways. Do you wonder why defining success is important? Knowing what you consider the mark of success for you helps you set your goals to reach that success. Overall, we could say Chris Burke's definition of a successful life was not to limit his possibilities. He had quite a lot of success goals met along the way to succeeding at his life-goal. Chris first viewed success as finishing the race at the Special Olympics, and he then made that the goal he raced toward achieving. Next, he saw success as having a starring role in a television series, and that became the goal he set for himself and achieved. Then, there was authoring the book, helping create the magazine, and now he's added directing to his definitions of success. Each time, each definition of what "success" would look like secured his placement of his goals and his course toward achieving them.

Lyle Rincon's definition of success is to help others understand and overcome alcoholism. Knowing this, Lyle has a direction for setting goals to secure a career in that field. Brittany Whiteside once defined success as being able to create her own Web site-we can see how her definition of success expanded, right along with the goals she set and achieved, all the way up to running her own successful Web-based business. Defining success helps you figure out where it is you want to go so that you can then set goals to get you there. So the question is, What is your definition of success? The following exercise will help you define it for yourself.


To me, "being a success" means:

I'll consider myself a "success" when:

Who is the most successful person you know, and why would you say this person is a success?

Name a success you have had in the last month. What goals did you set for achieving it?

Take a moment to think about your three biggest successes in life to date. What are they? Describe each one.

What do these "successes" tell you about your definition of "success"?

How will being "successful" make you different from how you are now? In what ways will you be different? Explain.

What one thing would you like to do or learn but haven't yet tried? What keeps (or prevents) you from accomplishing this?

It's Up to You!

As you can see, your definition of success is all your own. It's important in that it becomes your "blueprint" for setting those goals that will get you from here to there. Whether you're building a birdhouse or a castle, it will be helpful to have the right set of blueprints-the right goals.

Speaking of castles, have you ever wondered if you are dreaming big enough? This next chapter will help you create a "dream machine" big enough to go after your grandest dreams of success-which, of course, is exactly the way taste-berry teens would have it.

¬2002. All rights reserved. Reprinted from A Taste Berry Teen's Guide to Setting & Achieving Goals by Bettie B. Youngs, Ph.D., Ed.D. and Jennifer Leigh Youngs. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Part 1 Do You and Your Friends Talk About Your Goals?
1. A Message from the Authors 3
2. Teen Talk: "Goals" That Are (Most) Important to Me Right Now 9
Is That Eddie Murphy Under All That Makeup? 9
I Need to Find Out Who Wrote a Torrid Love Letter to a Guy at School--And Signed My Name! 12
Call Me "Dr. Santos" 17
"Stop Gnawing on Those Fingernails!" 19
My Wild, Wild Imagination 22
"Royce's Little Sister"? Oh, Please! 24
I'm in the Process of Recording a CD 26
Deleting (His) E-Mail 28
This "Future" Goal Is Not What I'd Intended 30
I'm J. J. Bailey--Remember the Name! 33
The Smoothie Decision 36
The Liver Report 39
To Swim with the Dolphins 42
To Wear Makeup, Own Cool Clothes ... and Be a Writer 44
"Extra" Weight 47
Religiously Looking ... 49
Your "Yo-Yo" No More! 52
I'm Getting Married--In a Matter of Weeks! 54
Shutting Out Jackson-Brown 56
Making Parole ... in a Few Months 59
Do You Believe in Fate? 62
My Important Goal Right Now 65
Part 2 Who Are You?--Setting Goals That Are "Totally You"
3. A Message from the Authors 69
4. Your Personality: Setting Goals That Are in Sync with Your Personality 73
Robin Williams: "A Pain in the Butt" 73
"Who" Are You? 73
Virtual Practice: Understanding Your Personality 74
It's Up to You! 83
5. Your Aptitudes: What Do You Do Best? Setting Goals Around Your Strengths 85
When I Finally Knew--"For Sure" 85
What Are Your "Strong Points"? What Do You Know "for Sure"? 89
Virtual Practice: Discovering Your "Strengths" 90
It's Up to You! 100
6. Your Hobbies: Setting Goals That Explore Your "Innate" Interests 101
"All Dolled Up" 101
What a Hobby Reveals About You 103
Virtual Practice: Your Hobby--And How It "Dolls Up" Your Life 107
It's Up to You! 113
Part 3 What Do You Want to Achieve--Today, Tomorrow and in the Future?
7. A Message from the Authors 117
8. How Do You Define Success? 121
What Do Brittany Whiteside, Chris Burke and Lyle Rincon Have in Common? 121
What Makes a Person Successful? 124
Virtual Practice: I'll Be a Success When I... 126
It's Up to You! 128
9. Are You Dreaming "Big Enough"? 129
Are You Afraid to Be "...Gorgeous, Talented, Fabulous"? 129
Your "Dream Machine": Don't Leave Home Without It 130
Virtual Practice: Creating a Vision for Your Future 131
It's Up to You! 137
10. Are You Willing to Be in Charge of Your Life? 139
I Am, I Can, I Will 139
Are You Taking Responsibility for Your Life? 141
Virtual Practice: Taking Charge (of Your Life) 141
It's Up to You! 144
Part 4 Ready, Set, Go! Your Personal Guide to Creating Goals
11. A Message from the Authors 147
12. "The Rules" for Designing Goals (You'll Commit To) 151
This Year, Things Are Going to Be (Really) Different! 151
"The Rules": Ten Guidelines for Designing Goals 153
Virtual Practice: What's Your Read on "The Rules"? 159
It's Up to You! 162
13. Nine Goals for a "Full-On" Life 163
Her Letter 163
What Goals Have You Set for Yourself? 166
Virtual Practice: Identifying Nine Goals for Your "Full-On" Life 167
It's Up to You! 175
14. Breaking Your Goals into a Manageable To-Do List 177
Chasing the Dragon 177
Goals, Like Destinations, Are Reached One Step at a Time 181
Virtual Practice: What Do You Need to Do to Achieve Your Goals? 183
It's Up to You! 188
15. Breaking Your Goals into Monthly "To-Do's" 189
On the Roster ... of the USA National Team 189
Do You Create a Monthly To-Do List? 191
Virtual Practice: Creating Your Monthly To-Do List 193
It's Up to You! 200
16. Breaking Your Monthly Goals into Weekly "To-Do's" 203
My Goal Is to Be Very Rich! 203
Do You Have a Weekly To-Do List? 205
Virtual Practice: Creating Your Weekly To-Do Lists 210
It's Up to You! 213
17. Creating Your Daily To-Do Lists 215
My Snake Is Missing: Have You Seen It? 215
Do You Make a Daily To-Do List? 220
Virtual Practice: Creating Your Daily To-Do Lists 221
It's Up to You! 227
Part 5 Just Do It! Achieving Your Goals!
18. A Message from the Authors 231
19. Removing Obstacles That Stand in the Way of Meeting Your Goals 235
The Weekend in the Desert 235
What Stands in the Way of You Meeting Your Goals? 238
Virtual Practice: Three Easy Steps to Removing Obstacles 239
It's Up to You! 242
20. You Can Do It! (So Do It!) 243
An Acrophobic's Plunge! 243
Be Determined: Go for It! 245
Virtual Practice: How to Be an Inspiration to Yourself 250
It's Up to You! 252
21. Get a Life: Make It Happen! 253
The Horse for Horsepower Exchange ... 253
See It, Believe It, Achieve It 259
Virtual Practice: Creating Your Dream Map 261
Epilogue: A Closing Word from the Authors 265
Appendix Worksheets 273
Worksheet #1 My Goals 275
Worksheet #2 Activities I Need to Do to Meet My Goals 280
Worksheet #3 Monthly "To-Do's" in Meeting My Goals 285
Worksheet #4 My Weekly Goals 291
Worksheet #5 My Daily "To-Do's" 293
Worksheet #6 Removing the Obstacles to Meeting My Goals 296
Permissions (continued) 297
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