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Adolescent transition - goal setting

  • Goal setting

    One very important thing you can do to ensure you have a successful transition is to set achievable goals. Goal setting for transition is important because it will help you to identify the areas where you need to develop your skills and knowledge. This will help you gain the most from your transition experience.

    Every person going through transition will have different goals. Your goals should be relevant to you and your needs and expectations.

    Setting goals that are realistic and achievable should be a rewarding experience, especially when you do achieve them.

    Why is goal setting important for adolescent transition?

    Before you transfer hospitals it is important for you:

    • to know where you can get your hands on some helpful information
    • to be able to start taking charge of your health condition.

    Setting goals will help you to identify where you may need more help. Having a greater understanding of something will make any change more comfortable. By identifying the areas in which you need to improve, and by working on those areas, you will help make your transfer to another hospital an easier experience.

    Key steps

    There are a few key steps that will help you towards achieving your goals. The transition process will help ensure that you complete each step.

    1. Write down your goals.
    2. List any personal benefits.
    3. Review your current position and identify gaps.
    4. List any things you need to learn more about.
    5. Know your resources and supports.
    6. Reward yourself and celebrate!

    Setting goals should be fun and easy. Make sure you stay focused on your goal and have a detailed plan which shows how you plan to achieve it. Then take action.

    Important things to remember

    These tips will help you stay on track and set goals that are achievable.

    • Make sure your goals are specific and realistic.
    • Stay positive as you work to achieve your goals.
    • Make sure your goals set a challenge for yourself. This will help make the completion of your goals feel more rewarding.
    • Remember that it takes time to complete your goals. Rome wasn't built in a day!
    • Be flexible - sometimes the path to achieve your goals may be a little bumpy.  You might have to change paths and find another route to get to your goal.
    • Don't try to please others when you set your goals. Make sure you are doing it for yourself otherwise you won't be motivated to achieve your goals.
    • Make sure you set both long and short term goals. If you only set long term goals you might feel like you're not getting anywhere.
    • Tackle no more than five really important goals at a time.

    For more information

    The Royal Children's Hospital
    Adolescent Transition Coordinator
    T: (03) 9345 4858

    Developed by the RCH Adolescent transition program. First published September 2012.

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