Happy New Year Ravalli County 4-H Families! I hope you are looking forward to 2021 and finding creative ways to be involved with your 4-H clubs and projects.
The start of the new year is a great time to reflect on your previous year, and look ahead to the new year and start setting your goals. Take a look at your record sheets, you will notice that both the “My 4-H Year” record and
your “Animal Record” or “non-animal Record” require goals to be set. This means that you need to set goals for your club work and
your projects. If you do not have your record sheets yet, now is a great time to get them! Find your record sheets here
Why are goals important? It helps keep us intentional about how we spend our time. It helps us focus and stay productive in whatever the goal is about. A strategy used to help create useful and meaningful goals is called “setting S.M.A.R.T goals”.
A SMART Goal is:
S= Specific. Not too broad or open-ended. It has a specific target and outcome.
M= Measurable. Attach a number or something you can measure in your goal.
A= Attainable. Make it a reasonable goal. Know yourself and your abilities, and set a goal you can achieve.
R= Relevant. Make it something important to you and your life mission.
T= Time. Set an end point to achieve it by.
Example of a SMART goal for club work:
“My goal for the 2021 4-H year is to improve my leadership skills (specific). I will achieve my goal by running and holding the club secretary position (measureable). I want to start with secretary because it requires less public speaking than president but I still have responsibilities with leading the meeting (attainable). Part of being an effective leader is having good communication, so becoming secretary will build my confidence in communicating to a group (relevant). I will achieve my goal by our August Club meeting.”
In your records, you are asked to reflect on your goals at the end of the year. Think about what you learned while accomplishing your goals, what went different than you expected, and how you will apply your learning to future goals.
Start 2021 with defining your goals and by the end of the year, reflect on how much you have learned and grown! I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised and encouraged to keep learning and growing!