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A taste-berry teen's guide to setting & achieving goals
Youngs, Bettie B.
Publication Information:
Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, [2002]

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xvi, 300 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Stories, commentary, and advice by teens who relate their experiences and share their ideas about setting and achieving goals.
Do you and your friends talk about goals? -- Who are you? Setting goals that are "totally you" -- What do you want to achieve: today, tomorrow and in the future? -- Ready, set, go! Your personal guide to creating goals -- Just do it! Achieving your gaols! -- Closing word from the authors.
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An exciting new volume filled with stories, commentary and advice by teens (ages twelve through twenty) who tell of their experiences and share their ideas about setting and achieving goals! As most taste-berry teens know, goals spell the difference between wishful thinking and making things happen. Setting goals and reaching them are the keys to making teens' lives purposeful, worthwhile and filled with happiness.

For all teenagers-from master goal-setters to beginners with no idea where to start-this step-by-step guide shows how to:

Discover what their personality, aptitudes and hobbies reveal about them
Determine if they are dreaming "big enough"
Identify goals in nine areas of life
Set long- and short-range goals for today, tomorrow and the future
Develop a plan of action to achieve goals
Break goals into manageable monthly, weekly and daily "to-dos"
Remove obstacles that stand in the way of achieving goals
Learn ways to encourage, coach and inspire themselves to reach their goals

Divided into five units, each opens with A Message from the Authors, followed by a story by a teen. A specific concept or skill is then presented along with a "Virtual Practice" section where teens are given the chance to apply what they've learned-actually identifying, setting and charting out how to achieve their goals. Teens will gobble up this latest volume of taste-berry advice!

Author Notes

Bettie B. Youngs resides in California.



Chapter 8 How Do You Define Success? What Do Brittany Whiteside, Chris Burke and Lyle Rincon Have in Common? Brittany Whiteside By the time she was thirteen years old, Brittany Whiteside dreamed of knowing her way around the Internet. She didn't even know exactly what it was she'd find there, but she was curious to find out. Creative Web pages especially caught her eye. Whenever Brittany spotted what she considered "an awesome Web page with an effect that was fun or a layout that was cool," she would take note of the source code. Then step-by-step she'd go through the source code so she could re-create it for herself later. By the time she was fifteen years old, Brittany had started her first Web site-one little page, with her hobby of beaded jewelry as its topic! Then, she decided her site would carry an array of beads from different wholesalers, instructions for re-creating beads, patterns pages on the history of beads and beautiful pictures of exquisite beadwork. Her one-page Web site now had four pages. She founded her company, "String Along"-with its ever-expanding Web site-and the rest is, as they say, "history"! Today Brittany's site averages about forty-two hundred page views per day. It's grown into a huge archive, not only filled with everything Brittany had dreamed of, but also including listings of where to purchase nearly a thousand different kinds of beads, as well as one hundred bead-working patterns. It also posts two hundred pieces of beaded jewelry, beading tools and supplies, and all sorts of other beadwork items. Though Brittany is set to begin college in the fall, her lucrative company (like its creator) will remain, as she likes to put it, "stringing along," ever forward on the road to success. Chris Burke Chris Burke was born with Down's syndrome. Children born with this syndrome have one too many chromosomes, resulting in a similar appearance, thwarted development and a ceiling on potential. Since IQ peaks out at around 75, capability and ability are severely limited-or so it was thought. Most of the world now knows Chris Burke not only from his unforgettable interview on national television some years ago when he came in third in the Special Olympics-and wowed the world with his "acceptance" speech-but also as the charismatic and gifted actor and television star of the television series, Life Goes On. The show enjoyed four years of excellent ratings. He's also authored a bestselling book, A Special Kind of Hero, and is currently the editor-in-chief of the National Down's Syndrome Society magazine, devoting tireless energy to making his new dream come true-helping create a magazine to expand awareness and understanding of Down's syndrome. Chris offers some words on why he thinks this very special and much-needed national magazine is so successful: "We're successful because we talk about what works. We don't dwell on the negatives. We highlight victories!" This very special young man has surged well beyo Excerpted from A Taste Berry Teen's Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals by Bettie B. Youngs, Jennifer Leigh Youngs, Jennifer Youngs All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
Part 1 Do You and Your Friends Talk About Your Goals?
1. A Message from the Authorsp. 3
2. Teen Talk: "Goals" That Are (Most) Important to Me Right Nowp. 9
Is That Eddie Murphy Under All That Makeup?p. 9
I Need to Find Out Who Wrote a Torrid Love Letter to a Guy at School--And Signed My Name!p. 12
Call Me "Dr. Santos"p. 17
"Stop Gnawing on Those Fingernails!"p. 19
My Wild, Wild Imaginationp. 22
"Royce's Little Sister"? Oh, Please!p. 24
I'm in the Process of Recording a CDp. 26
Deleting (His) E-Mailp. 28
This "Future" Goal Is Not What I'd Intendedp. 30
I'm J. J. Bailey--Remember the Name!p. 33
The Smoothie Decisionp. 36
The Liver Reportp. 39
To Swim with the Dolphinsp. 42
To Wear Makeup, Own Cool Clothes ... and Be a Writerp. 44
"Extra" Weightp. 47
Religiously Looking ...p. 49
Your "Yo-Yo" No More!p. 52
I'm Getting Married--In a Matter of Weeks!p. 54
Shutting Out Jackson-Brownp. 56
Making Parole ... in a Few Monthsp. 59
Do You Believe in Fate?p. 62
My Important Goal Right Nowp. 65
Part 2 Who Are You?--Setting Goals That Are "Totally You"
3. A Message from the Authorsp. 69
4. Your Personality: Setting Goals That Are in Sync with Your Personalityp. 73
Robin Williams: "A Pain in the Butt"p. 73
"Who" Are You?p. 73
Virtual Practice: Understanding Your Personalityp. 74
It's Up to You!p. 83
5. Your Aptitudes: What Do You Do Best? Setting Goals Around Your Strengthsp. 85
When I Finally Knew--"For Sure"p. 85
What Are Your "Strong Points"? What Do You Know "for Sure"?p. 89
Virtual Practice: Discovering Your "Strengths"p. 90
It's Up to You!p. 100
6. Your Hobbies: Setting Goals That Explore Your "Innate" Interestsp. 101
"All Dolled Up"p. 101
What a Hobby Reveals About Youp. 103
Virtual Practice: Your Hobby--And How It "Dolls Up" Your Lifep. 107
It's Up to You!p. 113
Part 3 What Do You Want to Achieve--Today, Tomorrow and in the Future?
7. A Message from the Authorsp. 117
8. How Do You Define Success?p. 121
What Do Brittany Whiteside, Chris Burke and Lyle Rincon Have in Common?p. 121
What Makes a Person Successful?p. 124
Virtual Practice: I'll Be a Success When I...p. 126
It's Up to You!p. 128
9. Are You Dreaming "Big Enough"?p. 129
Are You Afraid to Be "...Gorgeous, Talented, Fabulous"?p. 129
Your "Dream Machine": Don't Leave Home Without Itp. 130
Virtual Practice: Creating a Vision for Your Futurep. 131
It's Up to You!p. 137
10. Are You Willing to Be in Charge of Your Life?p. 139
I Am, I Can, I Willp. 139
Are You Taking Responsibility for Your Life?p. 141
Virtual Practice: Taking Charge (of Your Life)p. 141
It's Up to You!p. 144
Part 4 Ready, Set, Go! Your Personal Guide to Creating Goals
11. A Message from the Authorsp. 147
12. "The Rules" for Designing Goals (You'll Commit To)p. 151
This Year, Things Are Going to Be (Really) Different!p. 151
"The Rules": Ten Guidelines for Designing Goalsp. 153
Virtual Practice: What's Your Read on "The Rules"?p. 159
It's Up to You!p. 162
13. Nine Goals for a "Full-On" Lifep. 163
Her Letterp. 163
What Goals Have You Set for Yourself?p. 166
Virtual Practice: Identifying Nine Goals for Your "Full-On" Lifep. 167
It's Up to You!p. 175
14. Breaking Your Goals into a Manageable To-Do Listp. 177
Chasing the Dragonp. 177
Goals, Like Destinations, Are Reached One Step at a Timep. 181
Virtual Practice: What Do You Need to Do to Achieve Your Goals?p. 183
It's Up to You!p. 188
15. Breaking Your Goals into Monthly "To-Do's"p. 189
On the Roster ... of the USA National Teamp. 189
Do You Create a Monthly To-Do List?p. 191
Virtual Practice: Creating Your Monthly To-Do Listp. 193
It's Up to You!p. 200
16. Breaking Your Monthly Goals into Weekly "To-Do's"p. 203
My Goal Is to Be Very Rich!p. 203
Do You Have a Weekly To-Do List?p. 205
Virtual Practice: Creating Your Weekly To-Do Listsp. 210
It's Up to You!p. 213
17. Creating Your Daily To-Do Listsp. 215
My Snake Is Missing: Have You Seen It?p. 215
Do You Make a Daily To-Do List?p. 220
Virtual Practice: Creating Your Daily To-Do Listsp. 221
It's Up to You!p. 227
Part 5 Just Do It! Achieving Your Goals!
18. A Message from the Authorsp. 231
19. Removing Obstacles That Stand in the Way of Meeting Your Goalsp. 235
The Weekend in the Desertp. 235
What Stands in the Way of You Meeting Your Goals?p. 238
Virtual Practice: Three Easy Steps to Removing Obstaclesp. 239
It's Up to You!p. 242
20. You Can Do It! (So Do It!)p. 243
An Acrophobic's Plunge!p. 243
Be Determined: Go for It!p. 245
Virtual Practice: How to Be an Inspiration to Yourselfp. 250
It's Up to You!p. 252
21. Get a Life: Make It Happen!p. 253
The Horse for Horsepower Exchange ...p. 253
See It, Believe It, Achieve Itp. 259
Virtual Practice: Creating Your Dream Mapp. 261
Epilogue: A Closing Word from the Authorsp. 265
Appendix Worksheetsp. 273
Worksheet #1 My Goalsp. 275
Worksheet #2 Activities I Need to Do to Meet My Goalsp. 280
Worksheet #3 Monthly "To-Do's" in Meeting My Goalsp. 285
Worksheet #4 My Weekly Goalsp. 291
Worksheet #5 My Daily "To-Do's"p. 293
Worksheet #6 Removing the Obstacles to Meeting My Goalsp. 296
Permissions (continued)p. 297