As we evaluate and implement practical and helpful systems to achieve our center's goals in this new year, consider how your team can help the women and men you serve reach their goals!
Your pregnancy resource center stands in the gap, reaching women and men in their most vulnerable moments. You may be the first person to invite the individual you are meeting with to really consider what they truly want most out of life. Whether it be a client visiting for STD testing, a pregnancy test or mentoring, the individuals sitting in your visit rooms may find themselves reflecting on the steps that led them to seek your center's services. They may be asking “How did I get to this place in life?” or “Where do I want to go from here?"
When these thought patterns are expressed, consider asking questions like:
What do you want most out of life?
Do you want an education, a specific career or a family?
When you think about what your life will look like in 20 years, where do you see yourself?
What would prevent you from reaching the place where you want to be?
A client may say, “I just want to make a good living, find a nice place to live, maybe have a family and be happy.” These goals are admirable and should be celebrated! But how does the client work towards these goals without setting up a clear plan?
This is where you can introduce ELEVATE. ELEVATE’s Goal Setting lesson will walk clients through how to set and create SMART Goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-Based. Defining each of these parameters within a goal helps to eliminate generalities, set a clear timeline and track progress.
S - Specific: Be clear and specific so your goals are easier to achieve. This also helps you know how and where to get started.
M - Measurable: Define what evidence will prove you're making progress and reevaluate when necessary.
A - Actionable: Are you able to take action to achieve the goal? Actionable goals ensure the steps to get there are within your control.
R - Realistic: Avoid overwhelming and unnecessary stress by making your goals realistic.
T - Time-Based: Set a realistic, ambitious end-date for task prioritization and motivation.
For your client seeking to make a good living, his or her SMART goal may start by looking a little like this: Check online for job opportunities twice a week and create a customized resume for each desired job opening in order to submit two applications by Sunday each week.
These are big conversations to have, and it can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be!
VirTru's ELEVATE program comes alongside client advocates and mentors navigating conversations about relationships and goals with clients! Using video and conversation guides, clients will learn how to set boundaries, recognize destructive habits, establish accountability mentors and much more!
We all have 168 hours in a week! How will you use your time to reach your goals?