Goal Setting Ideas

Mentors are always looking for ideas to encourage their mentees to enter the world of goal setting. A few ideas might include:

  • Encourage your mentees to draw their goals in pictures, diagrams, flow charts, mind maps etc., expressing them in vivid detail.
  • Describe the desired end on tape ie, mentees hear themselves speaking or are videotaped describing their goals and imagining they have already achieved them.
  • Mentees create their own poster board and place it somewhere they will look at it often. Create a collage of the things they want from magazines, brochures etc., knowing full well that as they look at them every day, they will soon be theirs.
  • Your mentee start a savings account to begin learning the value of money.
  • Select a charity and encourage your mentee to join you in investing some of their time and energy, appreciating the importance of service to the community.
  • Your mentee reads one novel a week or month to improve their level of English.
  • Your mentee sets performance goals in school work or skills, other studies or training being undertaken.
  • Your mentee considers home responsibilities eg, carrying out duties, cleaning his or her room, feeding pets, walking the dog etc.
  • Trying out for selection of a sports team or cultural group etc. – what will be required?
  • Encourage mentees to identify something they wish to purchase. How will they raise the money?
  • Learning to drive a car – what processes are required?
  • Give your mentee a puzzle without them being able to see the picture. When they become frustrated, let them see the picture so they can complete it. Lesson? It’s better to know what you want before you begin, so that you learn to persevere and persist and do, not become distracted and give up.
  • Trace the genealogy of your mentee’s family. How far back can you go?
  • Encourage your mentee to join a Club, youth group, community group, faith group, cultural group etc.
  • Your mentee considers reducing TV watching time. What is involved? What are the best programmes he or she wishes to watch? It’s all about priorities!
  • Your mentee makes a plan to ensure they receive at least 9 hours sleep a night.
  • Your mentee considers ways of developing and nurturing positive friendships or improving relationships with siblings or other family members.
  • Your mentee draws up a weekly exercise programme.
  • Your mentee designs and follows a personal budget plan.
  • Your mentee furthers his or her education by attending a course or a particular training programme.