Introduction to Goal Setting
"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." - Tony Robbins
A goal is a precise, measurable statement of what you intend to achieve during a specified period of time toward a specific outcome. Goals should be S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, and timely). A well-written goal includes the following components:
1. Description of activity
2. Expected result
3. Tool to measure impact of service
4. Standard of success you hope to achieve
5. Number of individuals who will benefit.
After taking notes on goal setting and the difference between personal and professional goals, students will review sample goals to determine if they are S.M.A.R.T. Then students will have the opportunity to revise their goals for the first semester.
Reflections on Kindness
In his 2013 convocation address to graduates at Syracuse University, George Saunders asks his audience who they "remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth." He speculates that the answer for everyone will be "Those who were kindest to you."
As you prepare to serve others in PSL, this lesson affords you the opportunity to reflect on those who have served you. In the process, you may discover some of the nuances of service as you embark on your own volunteer journey.
In the reflection section of your notes, respond to George Saunders' 2013 convocation speech by answering the question: "Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?"