Everyone has goals, things they want to accomplish, for the week, the month, the year. They are always in our minds somewhere but at JUMP! we think it’s more likely we will achieve our goals if we first VISUALIZE them. We have several tools for goal-setting that we use here at JUMP!, both in our programs and among the staff in the Beijing office.
Recently, JUMP! ran a program for seniors at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) focusing on the upcoming year and the transition out of high school. One of the main objectives of the program was goal-setting. Our final activity of each workshop (JUMP! ran six workshops throughout the week) was to give students the opportunity to make something called a Goal Diamond. As JUMP! facilitators, we find this tool to be extremely useful for anyone who is considering what they want to achieve in an experience. For the WAB seniors, we asked them to write down nine goals that they had for the rest of their senior year. Students had the opportunity to share their goals with each other if they chose, then the students took the goal cards home with them. We hope that the WAB seniors will find the goal diamond they made helpful in the coming year!
Want to learn how to make your own goal diamond? See below!
HOW TO MAKE A GOAL DIAMOND
What you need: 9 note cards or cut-up uniform squares of paper, 1 marker or pen, a flat surface
- Take a couple of minutes to sit and think about your goals for the upcoming year.
- Write on each note card one of your goals. Remember to make your goals SMART: Specific, Manageable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Sensitive.
- After you have written out your 9 goals on 9 cards, lay them on the floor or table in the shape of a square with three rows: 3 cards on the top, 3 in the middle, 3 on the bottom.
- Think about which 3 goals are the MOST important to you, and have the greatest priority. Now move those 3 goals to the top row.
- Think about which 3 goals are the LEAST important to you, have the least priority out of the 9. Now move those 3 goals to the bottom row. Your cards should now look like this:
- Now that you have your three rows of goals in order of priority, look at the bottom row and choose your VERY LEAST important goal out of the 9 goals, and move this goal down.
- Choose the MOST important goal of the 9 cards out of the top row and move it up. Your goal cards should now look like this, in the shape of a diamond:
- Now that you have created your goal diamond, you should number the back of the cards so that you can remember the order you have just put them in. So the top row (one card) should have the number (1) on the back; the second row (2 cards) should have the number (2); the cards in the third row (3 cards) should have the number (3) written on the back…etc. This way, if you need to transport your cards somewhere else, you can remember what your diamond looks like.
- You can shift your diamond around as your priorities change throughout the next month, year or whatever amount of time you have allotted. Taping them up on your wall or desk is a great way to keep them in sight so you can always take a look at your goals and remind yourself what you are hoping to achieve.
Written by JUMP! Facilitator Liz Heller