Program for Adolescents
Possible is a program consisting of 16 tasks with the
help of which you will be able to identify a cool goal
for your mission and to set up a fun project to achieve
order to do Mission Possible you need:
folder to collect the reports of your tasks
coach who is familiar with Mission Possible whom you
can consult with
friend (or several) to do the tasks with, preferably
a friend who is him or herself also doing Mission
group of supporters who will support and encourage
you and with whom you will be able share the joy of
Possible consists of 16 tasks. The following is a list
of the 16 tasks including a brief description.
that things are going very well for you in a year or
two from now. Write a letter to your coach from the
future and let him or her know how your life looks like
your letter to your coach and any number of other people.
yourself a goal that will help you reach your good future
as described in your letter and make a decision to start
a project to attain that goal.
your project a cool name.
a lucky charm or some other item that will symbolize
a number of supporters for your project.
how your project will benefit yourself and find out
from other people how it will benefit them.
the question why you believe that you have good chances
of making your project work.
out from other people why they think you have a chance
of succeeding with your project.
the steps of progress by looking at what you have already
done, what will be your next step, what will be your
following step and what will signal you that you have
completed your project.
a small step to advance your project.
public about your first step and acknowledge other people
for their support.
with your project by taking small steps and keep a log
of the things you do and the headway you make.
how you are going to celebrate the gains you have made
with your project at the end.
yourself for eventual setbacks.
out your celebration plan and decide how you
are going to continue to pursue your good future.
a sheet of paper and write down a date within one or
two years. The date can be any date that comes to mind
- it could be your birthday, a holiday, or any particular
day that means something to you. Now imagine that you
can travel in time - you are now in the future and it
is that day. Things are going very well for you and
you decide to write a letter to your coach in order
to let him or her know how life is treating you. You
may wish to say something about where you live, your
relationship with your family, what's happening in your
studies or work, whether you have a girlfriend or boyfriend,
how it's going with your friends, how you spend your
free time, your health -- whatever you'd like to tell
about your life. You may also wish to write something
about recent good news and what you are looking forward
your coach your "good future" letter. You
coach may ask you further questions in order to help
you create an even more detailed vision of how you would
like your life to look in the future. Complete your
letter by including the responses you gave to your coach's
questions. When you are done, show your letter to some
other people. You decide who will be entitled to see
your letter. If possible, show it to people who are
also working on Mission Possible and who will in their
turn show their good future letters to you.
a goal for yourself -- one that would bring you closer
to your good future -- and start a project to reach
that goal.Your project may have to do with studies,
work, changing your lifestyle, improving your relationship
with another person, taking care of some obligation,
or just about anything you believe will help you move
closer to your good future. In order to find an appropriate
goal, you may wish to consult with your coach, with
your friends, or any person who knows you well.
There is only one rule about the goal - it should be positive, not negative.
It should be getting rid of something bad but trying to attain something
good. A negative goal would involve stopping, or reducing some undesirable
behaviour, or getting rid of something you deem to be harmful to you.
Such a goal is not OK in Mission Possible. A positive goal, instead,
involves starting or increasing some behavior you believe to be useful
to you. Such a goal is OK. To transform a negative goal into a positive
one, just think about what is the good thing you would like to come
in the place of the bad thing you want to get rid of and make that good
thing your goal.
list of examples below will help you transform negative
goals into positive ones.
| I will stop eating chocolate
|| I start to eat chocolate in moderate quantities
| I will stop smoking
|| I will start cleaning up my lungs
| I will no longer be truant
|| I will increase attendance in school
| I will cut down on alcohol
|| I will start to drink in moderation
| I will argue less with so and so
|| I will improve my relationship with so and so
| I will stop doing (x)
|| I will start doing (the opposite of x)
| I will stop biting my nails
|| I will take good care of my nails
important project should have a cool name. If you find
it difficult to come up with a cool name for your project
consult with your coach, your friends, or any other
person who is likely to have good suggestions. Write
the name of your project on your folder. You may even
come up with a slogan, a facial expression, or a gesture,
to remind you of your project.
yourself a piece of jewellery, a good-luck piece, an amulet, or any
other symbolic item, that you can carry with you at all times that will
give you luck and remind you of your project. Show it to other people
when you talk to other people about your project.
supporters for your project. Take a sheet of paper and
draw a sun on it. Around the sun write names of people
you wish to support you in carrying out your project.
Show the sun to those people whose names you have included
and ask them to become your supporters or supporters.
Don't hesitate to tell them that you have included their
names because you appreciate them and because their
support means a lot to you.
the following questions and write down your answers
on a sheet of paper:
what way will your project help you make your good future
How will your project influence you positively?
How will your project influence other people positively?
What other positive consequences do you believe your
project may have?
ask other people your friends, coach, your supporters
and perhaps even someone else who knows you well
how your project, if successful, will affect them
positively. Ask them to write down their responses on
a sheet of paper or write their answers down yourself.
the question: "Why do I believe I have a good chance
of succeeding with my project?" Find a at least
three reasons. If you find it difficult to find for
optimistic arguments consult with your coach, your friends,
your supporters, or any other person who knows you well.
other people why they believe you have a good chance
of being successful with our project. Ask your friends,
your coach, your supporters, and even other people who
know you to tell you why is it that they believe in
you, why they think you could be successful with your
project. Ask them to write their responses on a sheet
of paper you have reserved just for support, or write
their answers on it yourself.
a sheet of paper and draw a set of stairs on it -- four
will do. Be sure to leave room for you to write on each
of the stairs.
the first step write what you have already done to promote
your goal before you even decided to initiate your project.
It is likely that you have already done something.
the second step, write what you see as the next step
in your project, one that will take place within a few
days. Imagine that the project will start effortlessly,
almost by itself, and picture how the start will look
in your mind's eye.
the third step, write what you see to be the following
step in your project, one taking place within a few
weeks. Imagine that the project will continue effortlessly,
almost by itself, and form a mental picture of what
will happen next.
the fourth step, describe what will signal for you that
you have completed your project. You can choose to either
set a termination date or describe an accomplishment
that will tell you that you have reached your goal.
decide what you want to do to advance your project and
write down your plan on paper. You should not do anything
big or extraordinary. Instead, you should take a "baby
step". Plan to do something modest enough that
you are sure to manage it. Reveal your planned baby
step to your friends and to your coach, and even to
your supporters if you like. Then carry out your plan
and take your baby step.
you have carried out your plan, you have reason to feel
proud of what you have accomplished! (Even if you feel
that what you have done is nothing special or could
be seen as insignificant). Write a brief report
of your action including a description of how it went.
your coach, your friends and your supporters what you have done to advance
your project, how it went, and what the consequences have been. When
you report your progress to people, make them feel special by telling
them -- each one separately -- how much you have benefited from their
help and support. As they will probably want to continue to support
you, ask them to write a few words of encouragement onto your folder.
The Log Book
with your project by taking further steps. Keep a log
of everything you do regarding your project and write
down all signs of progress.
your friends, your coach, your supporters, and other
people who know you informed about what you do and what
progress you are making. Don't forget to acknowledge
them for their help and support and, if appropriate,
ask them to write words of encouragement onto your folder.
to celebrate the gains that you have made at the end
of your project. Describe in writing when you intend
to end your project and how you intend to celebrate:
Where? When? Who do you intend to invite? What will
you serve? How will you let people know about your progress?
How will you acknowledge other people for their help
and support? What will your celebration look like?
yourself for possible setbacks or frustrations and find
a way to keep up your motivation up in such a situation.
Take a sheet of paper and write down a description of
what you intend to think or do if and when you experience
tip: When something happens, you can never know for sure what
consequences it will have. Therefore your reaction to what happens is
based on what consequences you imagine
that it will have. If you experience what seems
like a setback, one good way of regaining your spirit and getting back
on track is to think about three possible positive consequences that
what happened might have for your project - or even for your life in
you have completed your project it is time to organize and carry out
the ending ceremony you worked out previously and then shift your focus
to the future. You may continue with your project, or you can pick up
a new goal in order to continue working to make your 'good future' come
you have successfully completed a round of Mission Possible
you have become an expert on it. You may now wish to
become a supporter or even a coach to someone else who
wishes to do Mission Possible.