Setting goals is a way to help children become responsible adults. By doing so, they appropriate their actions and can see how they make them successful and proactive citizens. Setting goals must be a joint effort between adults and children. It is important that they understand and understand the need to have goals. The direct activities will teach them the necessary steps so that they can set goals for themselves as they mature and make their way into adulthood.
Teach your child to turn dreams into reality with the practical magic of goal setting. Setting goals is the process of turning a dream into reality, step by step. The desire to face a challenge and succeed was part of many cultures throughout history. The ancient Peruvians used to draw their targets in symbols and paint them in primitive colors on the cave walls. The Egyptians used to create elaborate rituals to pass from the state of desire to actualization. They believed that writing a dream in advance would ensure a positive result.
Encourage your child to keep quiet and listen to inner wisdom before setting a goal. Many goals arise from competition or excessive commitment, rather than from one’s own integrity. A healthy and solid goal follows listening to one’s inner wisdom, rather than the other way around. Pass these vital questions before setting goals-Is this goal something I really want? Do I need this goal in my life right now? What do I need to realize this dream?
Once these questions have answered your child’s satisfaction, you can start creating a game plan.
Create SMART goals:
Getting clear and specific about goals will help your child create a personal map for success. The more realistic the goal is, the more likely it is to occur, as long as the goal is something the child really wants, rather than something forced by an adult. Consider these five key points when you help your child to set “smart” goals:
Does it make sense to do it? Create a goal which justifies your passions and talents. Your child must have a clear idea and picture of the goal which he wants to achieve. It’s advisable to focus and work on a single goal rather than following different goals.
The goal must be measurable in results. Which is you can record each of your milestones towards the goal. For example, if you want to lose weight in 6 months, then each week you can measure your progress.
Set a goal which is possible to achieve, for example being a professional player in a short time period is not an attainable one. Consider the possibilities and resources of your child while setting a goal.
A goal becomes realistic only if you believe you can achieve the goal within your given potential and resources.
The specific time period is crucial for achieving goals. Because of the specific time period, an alarm reminds us to achieve the goal without the distraction of our focus and prevents you from procrastination.
Reward your kid’s progress:
Prizes can provide a fun journey along the way. Create small weekly or monthly prizes to your kid to stay motivated, as every step along the way is a step towards success and worthy of recognition! Give each other hugs, pats on the back, applause, and encouragement.