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

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Why do some people accomplish so much more than others? It’s not because they’re smarter or more talented. It’s because they know how to set and reach goals. Research shows that effective goal setters have less stress and anxiety, concentrate better, and are more satisfied with their lives. For teens, goal setting is linked to improved school performance, motivation, self-confidence, and self-esteem. What Do You Really Want? is a step-by-step guide to goal setting, written ...
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Why do some people accomplish so much more than others? It’s not because they’re smarter or more talented. It’s because they know how to set and reach goals. Research shows that effective goal setters have less stress and anxiety, concentrate better, and are more satisfied with their lives. For teens, goal setting is linked to improved school performance, motivation, self-confidence, and self-esteem. What Do You Really Want? is a step-by-step guide to goal setting, written especially for teens.

Each chapter includes fun, creative exercises, practical tips, words of wisdom from famous “goal-getters,” real-life examples from teens, and success stories. Readers learn how to articulate their goals and put them in writing (a key to success), set priorities and deadlines, overcome obstacles, cope with roadblocks, build a support system, use positive self-talk, celebrate their successes, and more.

Upbeat and inspiring, this book is a must for all teens. It’s also recommended for parents, teachers, youth workers, counselors, and other caring adults.
 

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The next time you hear a teen complain, ‘There’s nothing to do!’ give him or her a copy of this book.”—Psychology Today

“An excellent book for any teen seeking to set or meet a goal.”—Youthworker

“An approachable volume to assist teens in defining their real interests, formulating and systematically pursuing workable goals, and celebrating their achievements.”—Booklist

The official book of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day!® 2004

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575420851
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 179,439
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author


Beverly K. Bachel creates award-winning communication materials for major corporations and helps individuals and companies develop plans to achieve their goals.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

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    I really like this book. My teacher told me to read it after I talked to her about goal-setting and other personal topics. She loaned it to me and I'm really glad she did. I want to buy my own book, so I can keep it as a reference whenever I need it. I love the idea of the Goal Ladder and keeping a Goal Tracker. It's a very interesting book and worth having.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    The Sky is the Limit

    Until I read this book I never realized how big of a role goals play in our lives. In reality, we can't get anywhere without them. This book not only boosts your self-esteem, but is also gives you that needed push to get you started setting and achieving goals you never dreamed were possible. You'll realize you're capable of doing absolutely anything!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    A Must Have Book, No Matter What Your Age !!

    Read this book and you will realize the power that lies within all of us. Learn to dream and than turn your dreams into reality. This book will give you the step by step process to setting and achieving goals. A very special book that will make a wonderful gift, that truly says you care.

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