Developing a System of Ethics Towards Others

Go For The Goal

Character Education:  Self-Discipline

Purpose:  The learners will set a personal goal and describe self-discipline steps to meeting the goal.  They will select quotations and reflect on their relevance to achieving their goal.


The learner will:

  • Set a personal goal and determine the self-control and self-motivation needed to achieve the goal.
  • Relate motivation quotations to meeting a goal.


Learner copies of Attachment One: Go for the Goal

Instructional Procedure(s):

Anticipatory Set:  Remind the kids that they were to have three goals that they would like to achieve through self-discipline.  Ask the kids to “think, pair, share” the goals on their list with a classmate or family member and select one goal to focus on.

  • Distribute copies of Attachment One:  Go for the Goal!  Read aloud the quotes.  Ask a few kids to briefly paraphrase, to restate in their own words, the quotes’ meanings.

“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain.  Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial.  Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in.  It’s a state of mind–you could call it character in action.”  Vice Lombardi (one of the most famous NFL football coaches of all time)

“Mastering others is strength.  Mastering yourself is true power.” Lao Tzu (philosopher of ancient China)

imgres-8“Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.”  Jim Rohn (popular American motivational and business coach)

“We all have dreams.  But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”  Jesse Owens (African American Track and field athlete, won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games In Berlin, Germany)

  • Ask the learners to complete the handout activity.  If time allows, have the students pair and share their writing, or ask for a few volunteers to share it.
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