Panorama Community Schools

Goal Setting & Decision Making for Life

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.
~ Maya Angelou
Follow your likes and other explanations for success, Warren Buffet (8min37sec video) 
1) Find your passion, do what you love like money doesn't matter, because that love will help you be good at what you do
2) Look for people who have integrity, intelligence, and energy (Could this hiring advise be applied to choosing your closest friends?)
3) Stay in my "circle of competence" to keep my "emotional stability"
4) Read, read, read
5) Have a margin of safety (so you can be sure about your choices)
6) Have a competitive advantage, a nice moat for your castle (meaning don't waste your true talents - accentuate them!)
7) Schedule to your personality (meaning, do what works for you and encourage others to do that too)
8) Always be competing; study failure (history) and "learn resting on your laurels" (being lazy) leads to failure
9) Model success (live out the qualities that your role models live out)
10) Give unconditional love (unconditional love and teaching by example from his father, allowed Warren to make mistakes and grow)
Which of his 10 rules spoke to you?
Turn the rule into a goal for yourself - 
"Thinking about Warren Buffet's Rule # ______, to _______________________________, my goal is to (write your goal...) _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Life Balance
Before setting goals and making decisions, first consider the many roles and activities in your life, and how it can feel when some of those roles squeeze out the others. You could find yourself as a high achiever who is unhappy, a great career person with a lousy personal life, or having wonderful relationships but having trouble paying your bills.  In short, LIFE BALANCE = POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH.  Life balance begins with awareness, so increase your awareness by looking at one or more of these webpages dedicated to doing just that - 
  • Exceptional Life Balance - blog role models brainstorming and categorizing personal goals (wants, needs, hopes) using a Life Balance Wheel
  • Work-Life-Balance-Management - encourages us to see the 9 Core Areas of Life and match our activities to Maslow's Hierachry of Needs to help us develop health goal setting
  • Life Balance - from a medical educator's perspective, stress can be indicator our life is not balanced, 5 quick guides are shared
Grade 8
Value Clarification Aided Decision Making = after determining what is most important to you, you then use those values to help you make a choice between situational options (Scenarios - "what to do over the summer break", or "what activities will I choose for my daily time after school)
Grade 9
SMART Goals are an acronym to help us create realistic goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely)
SMART Goals - review the linked graphic providing description(s*) of SMART Goal Questions, poor and good examples
then use this SMART Goal Template for each student to create a SMART goal for themselves.
Grade 10
Structured HS Goal Setting 
Lesson Plan = Decision-Making exercise forms for educational, personal, and career goals; linked worksheet aides students to sets goals and the list steps to achieving each goal
Grade 11
Mission Statement -
Excerpt from Susan Steinbrecher's Blog, Why You Need To Create A Personal Mission Statement", The Huffington Post, Oct. 2014 - 
     Mission statements provide us with focus, intention, and conviction. A personal mission statement is much like a corporate mission statement — but it is a declaration of who you are, what you stand for and what you want to put out into the world. Personal mission statements are simply a conscious call to action. They can be helpful in providing awareness of your “future self” and will assist you in understanding your own motivation, or lack there-of! 
     The laser effect. A personal mission statement helps give you a sense of direction — without it you cannot resolutely move toward manifesting your goals. Imagine the difference between a light bulb and a laser beam. The light bulb is a small amount of energy that casts an expansive light, whereas the laser (in this case represented by a mission statement) is clear, intentional energy. With a single-minded focus on your intentions it is easier to strategize and be creative. It goes back to the adage, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
     Consider these personal missions statements - 
I define personal success as being consistent to my own personal mission statement: to love God and love others.” - Joel Manby, CEO of SeaWorld Parks and Herschend Family Entertainment 
Create a personal mission statement using Stephen Covey's online Mission Builder at - the following 13 step outline is for those who don't have online access to complete Covey's interactive mission statement builder web tool...
Step 12) Now you can bring your values to life... create an action statement or free write on what you'd like to achieve with each of your 10 values.
Try to use Action statements that begin with a verb to emphasize the action you do, or will begin to take. These verb begun statements demonstrate your strengths, character, beliefs, &/or skills. Here are some examples - 
Draw fifteen minutes daily to sharpen my attention to detail.
Build positive relationships through listening to others before speaking.
Accept imperfections in myself and others as areas for improvement.
Provide leadership in school activities through promptness, effort, and encouragement to others.
Step 1) Imagine yourself as a parent one day, & name one of your traits you want to pass on to your children _____________  
Step 2) List two of the most important people in your life _____________________ and ________________________  
Step 3) List two words to describe each of the people you named in Step 2:
Important Person 1 Descriptors ______________________ and _________________________
Important Person 2 Descriptors ______________________ and ________________________
Step 4) Imagine you have started your own country. What one word would describe the guiding principal or motto of this country?  "In _____________________ we trust."
Step 5) What's one thing for which you'd be willing to risk your life? ____________________________________  
Step 6) What are the two qualities you look for in a partner? _______________________ and ________________________  
Step 7) Describe yourself in one word _____________________  
Step 8) If you could only achieve one thing by the end of your life, what would it be? ______________________________  
Step 9) If there were just two rules in life that everyone should follow what would the be? 
Life Rule 1 _____________________________________ and Life Rule 2 ___________________________________
Step 10) Think of the person you admire most - why? ___________________________________________________  
Step 11) The above 10 statements are a few of your values - those that are most immediate. You can use these to begin free writing your mission statement now in Step 12 (Right Column).
Step 13) Congratulate yourself on the work you have done so far.  Over the years your circumstances will change. Your priorities will change.  Your goals & dreams will change. That's okay (and normal) - because change means growth. As you grow, transform, & broaden your horizons, allow yourself the freedom to expand & refine your mission statement...
Step 13 Continued...Now keep going - use free writing, selecting, & combining to see what comes from your heart. Remember to let your mission statement grow, evolve, &/or reform as you take action & make decisions that are consistent with your values. Use this space below to develop your mission statement (or word processor & print, or write on a different paper) to include in your school adviser folder, post your mission statement where you will see daily, & tell others about your newly stated purpose in life -
Grade 12
Vision Statement

Create a Personal Vision Statement, read and use the online pdf below (CCC/The Mentoring Group, 13560 Mesa Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95949), Tools #1 and #2 to help you write your vision statement.


Panorama Seniors, you may choose to include this Vision Statement, or the Grade 11 created Mission Statement, or a combination of them together, when creating your local scholarship applications (any local awarding scholarship group that uses the generic Panorama Scholarship Application is accustomed to seeing this type of sharing along with your resume as part of your scholarship application, and you may find having these writing handy for other scholarship and college admissions essays you encounter).



by Dr. Linda Phillips-Jones

It's good to create or revise the "personal vision" you have for your life. A compelling vision can help you succeed, be more satisfied with your life, and get the most out of your mentoring relationships. Following is a tool for doing that.

Importance of Having a Personal Vision

Numerous experts on leadership and personal development emphasize how vital it is for you to craft your own personal vision for your life. Warren Bennis, Stephen Covey, Peter Senge, and others point out that a powerful vision can help you succeed far beyond where you'd be without one. That vision can propel you and inspire those around you to reach their own dreams. I've learned in my own life and in working as a psychologist that if you don't identify your vision, others will plan and direct your life for you. I've worked with too many individuals who late in their lives said, "If only. . . ." You don't have to be one of them.

Senge defines vision as what you want to create of yourself and the world around you. What does your vision include? Making a vital change in an area such as health, technology, or the environment? Raising happy, well-adjusted children? Writing a book? Owning your own business? Living on a beach? Being very fit and healthy? Visiting every continent? Helping others with their spiritual development? What are you good at? What do you love to do? What aren't you good at now, but you'd like to be? All of these important questions are part of identifying your personal vision.

Use this Tool #1 to think through and start to craft your personal vision. It's adapted from many sources and should prompt you to think and dream. Find a place without distractions such as a quiet table at a restaurant. Answer as many of the questions as possible, and discuss your responses with someone you trust.

Personal Vision Tool #1

Things I Really Enjoy Doing  

What Brings Me Happiness/Joy

The Two Best Moments of My Past Week

Three Things I'd Do If I Won the Lottery


Issues or Causes I Care Deeply About

My Most Important Values (Circle)

Things I Can Do at the Good-to-Excellent Level

What I'd Like to Stop Doing or Do as Little as Possible

  • Having integrity
  • Serving/pleasing through my religion
  • Being fit and healthy
  • Having a nice home and belongings
  • Leaving the world a better place
  • Having fun
  • Learning and improving myself
  • Making others' lives easier or more pleasant
  • Enjoying my family
  • Others? (Add)

Did any of these questions trigger some ideas about what you'd like to be doing with your life?  Keep thinking about the questions and your answers, and continue your personal research.



In a nutshell, your personal vision is what you want to be, do, feel, think, own, associate with, and impact by some date in the future. We recommend that you identify your Personal Vision as a development strategy. We're providing some tools to help you identify and implement your personal vision.

Above, we encouraged you to begin thinking about your personal vision. If you have not yet done so, go to Creating or Revising Your Personal Vision (Tool #1 is graphic organizer on prior page... You won't be able to do this next task if you don't complete that important initial step.)

It's now time to pull together your research and write a Personal Vision Statement. Your vision must be unique and appropriate for you, so we offer the following Personal Vision Statement only as an example (examples supplemented by worksheet Writing Personal Vision Statement, 2009 Adaptation from Phillips-Jones):

  • I am more physically fit, almost finished with my formal education, actively involved in two close personal relationships, worshipping and serving through my church regularly, having fun every day, and making at least 75% as much money as now doing work that I love.
  • I will be a respected leader by guiding others through difficult situations.
  • In 5 years, I will have graduated college with a (excellent) GPA and have started employment with an organization that fosters my professional growth.

Notice in this sample(s) that the person can include several areas of life (physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, and career) or focus on one area in particular. It's a picture of how the person sees himself/herself..(once a tense is chosen, the entire statement uses that tense).

Use the following tool to synthesize what you've learned about yourself and to write your own statement.

Tool #2: Personal Vision Statement

1. Based on my personal research, these are the main things that motivate me/bring me joy and satisfaction:



2. My greatest strengths/abilities/traits/things I do best:




3. At least two things I can start doing/do more often that use my strengths and bring me joy:

4. This is my Personal Vision Statement for myself (in 50 words or less):




Talk about your findings and your Vision Statement with someone you trust. If necessary, make a second, better draft, but don't compromise your passion. Think big, and hold onto your excitement! Now you're ready to turn your Vision Statement into an action plan.