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Step 6: EVALUATE THE DECISION After you have made the decision and taken action, reflect on what happened. What was the outcome? How did your decision affect your health and the health of those around you? What did you learn? Would you take the same action again? If not, how would your choice differ?
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Types of Goals Every goal involves planning. When you set a goal and plan strategies to reach it, you will need to consider how much time it will take to accomplish the goal. A , such as fin- ishing a project by Friday or cleaning your room before dinner, is a goal that you can reach in a short period of time. A is a goal that you plan to reach over an extended period of time. Examples include improving your grades for the semester or mak- ing the cross country team next season. A long-term goal may take months or even years to accomplish. Often, short-term goals are steps in a plan to achieve a long-term goal. What kinds of short- term goals might help a person become a physician or a computer technician? long-term goal short-term goal Setting Your Personal Health Goal In this activity, you will set a personal health goal and work to achieve it. notebook pencil For the next week, use your notebook as a personal health goal journal. Record your efforts to reach your goal. At the end of the week, write a reflective summary of what you learned in the process. 1. Set a goal. Do you want to get along better with family members? Eat more nutritiously? Be more active? Set a realistic health goal, and write it down. Explain why you have chosen this goal and what changes you hope to accomplish. 2. List steps to meet the goal. Examine a variety of options to achieve the goal you have set. List the steps you will take to reach your goal. 3. Identify sources of help. List the names of people who can help and support you as you work toward your goal. 4. Evaluate your progress, and adjust plans if necessary. If there have been obstacles, give yourself more time, and work to overcome them. If you are moving ahead of schedule, you may want to set a more challenging goal. After a week, examine your progress. Has your plan been effective? How can it be strengthened? Extend your one-week plan to four weeks. Make it a habit to continue to set and work toward new health goals. What You’ll Need What You’ll Do Apply and Conclude 35 Lesson 2 Making Responsible Decisions and Setting Goals Make sure that your goals are your own, not someone else’s. Set a goal because it will help you grow, not because you want to outdo someone. If you do not achieve your goal, use what you’ve learned to set a new goal. Some guidelines to remember: Setting Goals
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Applying Health Skills Decision Making. Cari’s friends want her to skip school to go to the beach with them. Apply the six steps of decision making to Cari’s situation, and help her make a responsible choice based on health information.
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