A personal goal of any type helps each person to map out a clear direction. Even if you don’t know how to map it out, there will always be other people who do.
There are teachers, counselors and other adults in school, in the family and in the community who can help you figure out what exactly your personal goals entail and what actions to take.
Personal goals are of course, fluid achievements such as increasing the number of people you are making connections with. If this is a goal, then there is an important reason for it.
For anyone to have a goal, there has usually been great difficulty in his or her efforts to achieving it in the first place. For example, a child may want to increase the number of classmates he plays with at recess everyday. His difficulty so far is based on fear of rejection. If he is now stuck with hanging out on the playground alone, the want to have more people to play with is a goal.
Having a goal to improve your situation in life is a normal part of being human. There is nothing complicated about the desire work towards increasing social abilities and the results which come with this.
The complications arise from distortions in our own beliefs and how we respond to other people’s actions and reactions in school, at home, at work and in the community.
Personal goals are part of life. And life for most of us includes the fact that we are each in the proximity of other people.
No type of culture or community is permitted the exception (life without other people). Children are not developmentally capable of living on their own without adult caregivers. Human beings all over the world have to make a living, and most likely share a space with others. If a person is not going to school, he or she has most likely attended one for a number of years.
The Jungle Pack helps to illuminate the user’s complications with reaching personal goals.
Partial sentences for the user to complete are designed to help elicits a response, regarding how key people in his or her environment express their likes and dislikes towards certain behaviors. Knowing the difference can help the user to make informed decisions. With this information, a person can choose to act in a way that invites trouble and drama, or do the productive thing and stay off the adult’s radar.
This is especially helpful if you happen to be a child living in an abusive household. Anyone can practice self-advocacy and at least reduce the chances of being a target of somebody’s anger.
Other uses for the partial sentences and prompts are for the discovery of existing personal strengths, self-defeating thoughts/beliefs, and base motives.
The workbook and journal format is also designed to help document an increased knowledge of feelings vocabulary and how negative emotions have influenced the user’s work or initiative on personal goals.
The completed journal is a map, fully customized to fit the user’s own responses which pertain only his or her experience with family members, teachers, and other key people of authority.
The Jungle Pack user can always refer to the journal to help keep from stepping into old self-defeating behaviors and emotional traps.