What are your goals for the next 12 months?

In December 2017, we sat down with our Young Carer Leaders to chat about their goals for the coming 12 months.

Have you set any goals for yourself this year?

Setting achievable goals may assist you in finding a balance in your caring role, study and social life.  It doesn’t matter if your goal is big like flying to the moon, or much smaller like finding more time in the day, the first step is deciding what your goals are going to be.  Setting goals can be easy, this guide will show you how!

Why goal setting is useful

Is there something in life you really want to achieve?  Setting a goal and working towards it is a really great way to make it happen.  This is because you are making a decision to work towards getting what you want.  Goals can provide direction towards achieving something that you think is important.

Setting goals can help if:

  • you feel overwhelmed by what is happening in your life,
  • you feel like you’re unsure of what path to follow, or
  • you have a dream or a particular plan that you would like to get started on.

Examples of goals 

  • “This year I want to get my license.”
  • “By the Easter holidays, I will get a part-time job.”
  • “These school holidays I am going to read ten books.” 

How to set your goals

To make a goal, you need to know what you are setting out to achieve and what the end point is going to look like.

  1. Start with the things that matter to you.  We are happiest when we are doing what we enjoy.  Write down the things that matter the most in life to you.  Can you identify any goals that you would like to work towards?
  1. Start small and be realistic.  Sometimes when people set goals they often think that they need to start really big.  Setting something that might not be realistic in terms of money, time or likelihood can create a feeling of being over-whelmed.  Starting out by taking small steps might be the answer.  A goal can be anything you want to do or achieve – big, small or completely random – but it might be best to tackle it piece by piece.
  1. Thinking about things in reverse.  Ever heard of reverse psychology?  One thing we have tried is writing a list of five or ten things that you don’t want or are annoying you.  Then, turn them around to become positive goals.  For example, turn the negative thought “I don’t want to do my homework” into “I want to write 500 words of my assignment before bed.”  Sometimes thinking about things in a different way can make all the difference.

Effective goal setting

When you have an idea about what you want, there are simple steps you can take to make it happen.

Goals should be SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based.

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Realistic

T – Time-based


  • Well-defined and focused.
  • e.g. I want to do better at school.


  • Know if the goal is obtainable and how you will measure if you have succeeded.
  • e.g. I will improve my grade from an average C to an average B in Math and English.


  • Is this something that can be achieved?
  • e.g. If I complete my assignments and homework, this goal can be achieved.


  • Within the availability of resources, knowledge and time.
  • e.g. Will I be able to attend all classes and have time at home to finish the assignments on time?


  • Is there enough time to achieve the goal?  When will I complete this goal?
  • e.g. I will complete this goal by the end of 2019.

Goal setting is much more than simply saying you want something to happen.  By making a plan and following the steps outlined above your odds of success will improve considerably.

Setting goals is easy, what goals will you set for the upcoming year?  Why not let us know what you are aiming to achieve?  We might be able to help!

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