Everyone needs a goal (or several goals) to stay motivated and feel accomplished. Students (and sometimes adults) need guidance on how to identify important and specific goals, how to create actions steps to reach the goal, and be aware of resources necessary to reach a goal.
Lesson: First, read "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss. Next, distribute a Personal Goals sheet to each student (in small counseling group, classroom guidance, or beginning of school year icebreaker in a class). Then, discuss the goals each student identified and potential struggles. Finally, encourage and review often.