How to Help Young Women Set Goals for Personal Progress

The beginning of the year is a great time to re-focus and reset things personally, as well as a leader. I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately- How to help my young women set them and what goals I could make for myself to improve myself as a young women leader.

When it comes to making goals, I love the acronym SMART to help me remember how to do it. In case you’ve never heard of it before, here’s what it stands for.

How to Help Young Women Set Goals

  1. Specific. 
  2. Measurable.
  3. Actionable
  4. Realistic
  5. Time-bound

Four other key points to keep in mind.

Limit the number of goals you make. Twenty is not realistic, but 5-7 is doable.

Write them down. My memory is not good enough for me to clearly remember the details of all my goals, is yours? I just read a really interesting post about how to write them down. You should go check it out.

Look at them often. If you’re not reviewing your goals regularly, you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish. If you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish, you’re most likely not working on them.

Tell a few people who can hold you accountable.

Now, let’s take a look at how this works with helping young women make goals in the Personal Progress program.

  • First of all, make goals with them instead of for them. Please. There is plenty of room within the young women program for them to make decisions about where they want to go and what they want to work on. There’s a reason why we have 8 values and several experiences for each value in Personal Progress. This allows them choices within a boundary.
  • I meet with my young women monthly so they can report their progress to me and set their next goal.
  • Before New Beginnings and before Young Women in Excellence, ask them what they would like to accomplish in time for those events.
  • Let them choose the value/experiences they want to work on.
  • If they get stuck on project ideas, give them three or four ideas to choose from.
  • Choose a deadline together. It’s good for them to practice setting reasonable deadlines for themselves.
  • Check back with them once or twice before the deadline and again on the deadline.
  • Write it down. I keep a tracking sheet in my binder for each girl where I write down their goals and deadlines.
  • Have them write it down. This will help them to recall what they have committed to do.
  • Help them break bigger goals down into smaller chunks.

You can also help them to make goals in other areas of their lives. Using some of these same ideas. Every month, my class presidency sets goals when we review our class fellowshipping plan.

What helps you when it comes to setting goals with your young women?