Setting Target Goals

Helping Individuals Realize and Sustain Their Goals

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Develop an action plan:

List the steps necessary to reach a goal and include a timeline. Build flexibility into the action plan. Have a backup plan if necessary.

Evaluate progress regularly:

Keep track of the progress being made, and encourage rewards early and often when improvements are seen. Do not save all the rewards for when the entire goal is reached, but spread out praise and positive reinforcement all along the way.1


  1. Subcommittee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. ADHD: clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2011:128(5):1007-1022, SI1-SI21.