Stella worked with Maria to set her SMART goal: “To join a basketball team by the end of the next month. “ The next step was to create an action plan. Maria and Stella started out by searching for pictures and images which would show how Stella would feel when she had reached her goal. They settled on a picture of Stella with her basketball team last year when they won the National Secondary School competition. It was a time in Stella’s life when she felt proud and part of a group of people who enjoyed spending time together. Stella wanted to feel like that again. With the image selected they set about brainstorming small steps or actions Stella would need to take to help her to achieve her goal, things that would get in the way (barriers) and people and existing resources which would help Stella to reach her goal (enablers).
Maria talked with Stella about how barriers are things or situations that could hinder you, for example: a lack of the correct clothing, or the basketball team practice being held on the other side of town. A person’s attitudes or beliefs about themself could also be a barrier, these barriers are often harder to identify because you can’t see them. Maria and Stella found it helpful to look at some websites with information about attitudes and beliefs which might hold a person back from reaching their goals.
It took several hours of work over three different days for Stella to brainstorm the ideas and then to develop the action plan. Stella feels it was time very well spent. She has the action plan on the fridge door at home so her family can see what she is doing, and help to keep her on track.
You can view Stella’s goal image map and action plan below. The websites which Stella and Maria used can also be viewed in the Web Resources section.
Click here for Stella's action plan: File:Action Plan Stella.pdf