When setting your first goal, it’s best to start simple. Begin with a goal you will enjoy or think you will get the most benefit out of working toward.

Start by asking yourself a few questions to guide your decision— you can write down your answers or you can just think about them for a few minutes, whatever method you think will help you the most.

  1. What area of your life (school, after-school activities, healthy habits, work, etc.) do you feel pulled to make a goal for? Why?
  2. Is there a particular subject, skill, or habit that you would like to improve upon?
  3. In what area of your life do you enjoy investing time? What is important to you? What are you currently working on? What subjects, skills, or habits would you like to be working on?
  4. What long-term ideas do you have for your future, and what can you do right now (within a few months’ time) to prepare yourself?

Think about your answers to these questions. What sticks out to you? Are there common themes that emerge? Is there one subject, skill, or habit that you would like to focus on? The most important thing to consider when setting your first goal is to make it something you are excited to work toward.

Once you’ve established a goal for a subject, skill, or habit that you would like to work on, write it down and share it with your friends, family members, or mentors and ask them to help keep you accountable. Sharing your goal increases the likelihood that you will achieve it, and having the people around you supporting you in your goal achievement will help keep you motivated.

If you have access to Ascend, you can set your first goal within your account to track your progress and invite the people who support you to be your advocates. Once you’ve identified and set your first goal, check out How to Level Up Your Goal. If you’re still struggling with what kind of goal to set, check out some Example Goals.


About Ascend

Ascend Inc. is a student empowerment platform that enables schools and mentoring organizations to cultivate, track, and measure student goals and achievement. Ascend is proud to be a minority and woman-owned business and supports students through schools and mentoring organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas, and beyond.