Posted on Jun 26, 2006 | Comments 1
You must see your goals clearly and especially before you can teach for children. Goal setting is the procedure of making a dream come true step-by-step and the more willingly your children can learn about setting goals the more quickly they can become successful in life. Just imagine how further along your life would be if our parents would have done the same and taught us about goals.
Here are a few simple steps to follow to help your child set goals successfully.
1. Listen First:
Encourage your child to become quiet and listen to the wisdom within before setting a goal. Many goals are born out of competition or excessive striving, rather than from one’s own integrity. A healthy and solid goal follows listening to one’s inner wisdom, rather than the reverse. Go over these vital questions before setting goals: Is this goal something I really want? Does this goal serve me in my life right now? What will I need to bring this dream into reality?
2. See It and Believe It:
Once the goal has been set, encourage your children to begin to see it as though it had already occurred. Drawing out goals in pictures, writing them down in vivid detail, or describing the desired end result on tape are great ways to keep the energy flowing in a positive direction. Once your child has set the goals, this will be the most important step to focus on each day.
3. Create Smart Goals:
Getting clear and specific about goals will help your child to create a personal map to success. The more realistic the goal, the more likely it is to take place, as long as the goal is something that your child truly wants, rather than something force-fed by a well-intentioned adult.
4. Set Monthly Goals:
Setting one or two monthly goals is a good way to practice the principles and see results quickly. A family of four selects one main goal per month each, along with a chart for marking down their progress on the refrigerator. Each person places a star on a winning day.
5. Set Yearly Goals:
Make yearly goal setting a family affair. Consider creating goals for the year in the following categories: Money, Learning, Physical health, Business or school, Family and friends, Vacation, Spirituality.
6. Reward Your Progress:
Rewards can provide a fun lift along the way. Create small weekly or monthly rewards to stay motivated, since every step along the way is a step toward success and worthy of acknowledgment. Give one another hugs, pats on the back, cheers, and encouragement. If someone slips, support that person in getting back on track.
7. Be Willing to Let It All Go:
Sometimes something unexpected appears, and signs indicate that a change is needed. Being willing to drop a goal in favor of something more timely is a mark of courage and wisdom. Encourage your child to remain open to changes, and practice the art of detachment.