The ability to name and set reachable goals builds self-efficacy and a stronger sense of hope for the future. Early exposure to the basic elements of setting and reaching goals enhances the development and application of these skills through adolescence and into adulthood. Students who can, and do, set reachable goals have a stronger sense of self and make better decisions.
Adolescents equipped with decision-making and problem-solving skills are more likely to make confident, healthy decisions, and avoid negative consequences. The ability to stop and consider the positive and negative consequences of decisions reduces the likelihood of acting impulsively, keeping actions consistent with short-term and long-term goals.
Adolescents who recognize how their emotions influence their decisions are better prepared to make thoughtful, rational choices. Emotional self-awareness creates internal capacity to understand and identify how one responds to internal and external influences. Emotional competency fosters the recognition and appreciation of the emotions of others promoting a greater capacity to build empathy, diffuse conflict, and build stronger relationships.