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Michael Santos

New Horizons: Setting and Achieving Post-Incarceration Goals

As the sun rises, it brings with it the promise of a new day, a fresh start. This metaphor resonates deeply with those emerging from incarceration, standing at the threshold of a new chapter in life. At Prison Professors Talent, we understand the challenges and opportunities that come with this transition. Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” is designed to guide you in setting and achieving meaningful post-incarceration goals, turning new horizons into realities.

The Power of Goal Setting

Setting goals is not just about outlining what you want to achieve; it’s about charting a course for your life. Goals give you direction, motivation, and a benchmark for success. They are the milestones on your journey to a fulfilling life after prison. We have an entire module on setting SMART Goals in our course, and we profile people who use that strategy effectively. You can do the same.

How to Set Effective Goals

  1. Be Specific:
    • Your goals should be clear and well-defined. Vague aspirations lead to vague outcomes. Define what success looks like to you in precise terms.
  2.  Make Them Measurable:
    • Attach specific criteria for measuring progress toward the accomplishment of each goal you set. This way, you can track your progress and stay motivated.
  3.  Ensure They Are Achievable:
    • While it’s good to aim high, your goals also need to be realistic and attainable. Setting impossible goals only leads to disappointment.
  4. Be Relevant:
    • Your goals should align with your values and long-term objectives. They should contribute to your overall life plan.
  5. Time-Bound:
    • Set deadlines for your goals. A timeline creates a sense of urgency and prompts action.

Incorporating Goals into Your Life Post-Incarceration

  1. . Educational Goals:
    • Whether it’s completing a GED, enrolling in college courses, or learning a trade, education is a powerful tool for rebuilding your life.
  2. Career Objectives:
    • Identify the career path you wish to pursue. Set goals for job training, resume building, and job searching.
  3. Personal Development:
    • Set goals for personal growth, such as improving communication skills, managing emotions, or developing healthy habits.
  4. Community Engagement:
    • Aim to build a supportive network. Set goals to connect with mentors, join support groups, or volunteer.

Your Task: Chart Your Course

We encourage you to take some time to reflect on what you want your life to look like post-incarceration. What are your dreams and aspirations? What steps do you need to take to make them a reality? Write down your goals and the actions you plan to take. This act of writing not only clarifies your thoughts but also serves as a commitment to yourself.

Share your goals and progress with us at [email protected]. If you insert “Request a Book” in the subject line of your email, we will donate at least one book to support your journey, provided our nonprofit has resources. The books include “Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence,” “Success after Prison,” “Prison! My 8,344th Day,” “Release Plan 2024,” and “Preparing for Success after Prison.”

Join the Journey to New Horizons

Remember, setting and achieving goals is a dynamic process. It requires patience, perseverance, and a willingness to adapt. As you embark on this journey, know that you are not alone. We at Prison Professors Talent are here to support you every step of the way. Together, let’s turn the page to a new chapter where your goals light the path to a brighter, more fulfilling future.


Michael Santos

Founder, Prison Professors Talent

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