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What Do You Really Want?: How to Set a Goal and Go for It! A Guide for Teens
     

What Do You Really Want?: How to Set a Goal and Go for It! A Guide for Teens

by Beverly K. Bachel
 

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Setting and sticking to goals can ease stress and anxiety, boost concentration, and make life more satisfying. This updated and revised edition of a trusted step-by-step guide helps teens articulate their goals and put them in writing, set priorities and deadlines, overcome obstacles, build a support system, use positive self-talk, celebrate successes, and more.

Overview


Setting and sticking to goals can ease stress and anxiety, boost concentration, and make life more satisfying. This updated and revised edition of a trusted step-by-step guide helps teens articulate their goals and put them in writing, set priorities and deadlines, overcome obstacles, build a support system, use positive self-talk, celebrate successes, and more. Updated with new and inspiring stories from teens pursuing their goals, easy-to-use tips for setting and reaching goals, and information on using technology tools to aid in goal setting, the book also includes downloadable forms to use in goal-setting activities.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
"Do I only wish it or do I want it to be real?" Beverly Bachel tells teen readers right from the beginning that they have to set goals if they want those wishes and dreams to come true, because a goal is not only something you want, but also something you are willing to work for. This clearly written, step-by-step guide to why goals matter, how to identify them and how to achieve them would be an ideal project or curriculum unit for middle or high school students. There are multiple reproducible pages giving young people a chance to write about what inspires them, people they admire, predictions about what they might accomplish in the first five years after graduation and goal ladders to help them write out each step to a particular goal. The text is sprinkled with cartoon graphics and quotes from actual teens interviewed by the author. There are stories about "goal getters in action" as well as lists of appropriate books, organizations and web sites. The biggest challenge will be getting the students who really need the advice to read the book, since many who might be naturally inclined to take it off the shelf are already setting and achieving goals. One teen commented to this reviewer, "The book looks good, but I wouldn't read it unless it was an assignment." 2001, Free Spirit, $12.95. Ages 14 to 18. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
VOYA
In an effort to compete in today's crowded market of self-help books aimed at teenagers, this book takes a specific approach by looking at goal setting. Bachel first explains what goals are and then develops the process of forming and following through on them. The text is divided into four parts: Discover What You Really Want, Become a Goal Setter, Put It Together, and Celebrate Your Success. Nineteen reproducible pages to help teens brainstorm their goals, develop action plans to meet them, and evaluate the outcome, although clearly labeled for photocopying, inevitably will lead some users to write in the book itself. Enhancing the appeal of the book are quotes from teens and a recurring stick figure illustration that appears throughout the text. Other inserts include teen success stories and "Think It & Ink It," which can stimulate ideas for creating journals. Concepts such as getting support from others and developing goals in tune with one's values create a healthy balance between self and community. A small section of resources is included with a limited and somewhat outdated section of fiction and nonfiction titles, organizations, but merely four Web sites. Although this title is well developed and organized, public and school libraries might want to add more general books to their collection such as Sean Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Simon & Schuster, 1998) or Peter L. Benson's What Teens Need to Succeed (Free Spirit, 1994/VOYA August 1995). Index. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined asgrades 10 to 12). 2001, Free Spirit, 144p, $12.95 Trade pb. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Karen Jensen SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
KLIATT
For teens into self-improvement and motivation, this handy and practical guide provides tools, maps and inspiration along the road to a brighter, better you. It starts by defining a goal. Then a David Letterman-like Top 10 List of why goals are worth having (#4—they boost your confidence)—is echoed in a quote from Jessica, age 15, a technique used throughout to personalize the text. Subsequent chapters provide worksheets for teens to learn about their personal hopes, dreams and the qualities that will move them closer to that shining star; practical action plans toward short and long-term goals; tips and techniques to keep yourself motivated; reminders to "stop and smell the roses" and pat yourself on the back along the way. The format is easy to follow: text interspersed with nice additions of inspirational quotes, cartoons and opportunities to "think it and ink it" by putting your own thoughts and feelings into words. Plenty of reproducible forms provide tools teens can use to extend the practical activities. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2001, Free Spirit, 134p. illus. bibliog. index. 23cm. 00-057286., $12.95. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Mary Arnold; Reg. YA Svcs. Mgr., Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Maple Heig , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
From the Publisher

“Whether your goal is to buy your own car, pass your algebra class, or travel around the world, you need this book! Goals will help you get where you want to go, and this book will teach you the what, why, and how-to's and guide you every step along the way. Don't be surprised to find yourself returning to this resource again and again!”—Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., Author of The 20-Minute Networking Meeting
 

“From hot tips to the worksheets, this is a valuable, helpful, and fun book to help you get what you want.”—Nicole Middendorf, C.D.F.A., founder of Prosperwell Financial
 

“This book is a great choice for teens of all ages. Adults would even benefit from its guidance. Bachel sets up an easy-to-follow format that will guide readers to success. She encourages them to find their dreams and set goals to achieve them. This is a must have book for any library.”—VOYA
 

VOYA, August 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 3) - Barbara Allen
In life, people are expected to achieve as much as they are able. Very infrequently are readers taught how to accomplish it. Bachel breaks down goal-setting for teens in a way that they can understand. Step-by-step instructions lead teens to find their dreams and map out how to accomplish them. She teaches teens about why goals matter, how to find out what they really want, how to stay on track, and why they should celebrate successes, even the small ones. Teens of today dream big, but some do not think about how much it takes to make those dream come true. Bachel helps them realize what they really want and how to get there. This book is a great choice to have for teens of all ages. Adults would even benefit from its guidance. Bachel sets up an easy-to-follow format that will guide readers to success. She encourages them to find their dreams and set goals to achieve them. This is a must-have book for any library. Reviewer: Barbara Allen; Ages 11 to 18.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575420851
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
01/15/2001
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Beverly K. Bachel has helped thousands of get-to-it-later teens become real Goal Getters. She set her first goal at the age of five (sell twenty-five glasses of lemonade) and has since used the power of goal setting to make new friends, buy a car, run a marathon, read a book a week, and start her own business. An award-winning freelance writer and speaker who loves to travel, Bev lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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