Teaching Children to Set Goals and Reflect
As kids progress through life its important to equip them with tools that can help them progress swiftly along their life’s journey. One of the tools that is so easy and inexpensive to expose them to, is that of GOAL SETTING. Yes we dived into 2020 talking about this at the very first masterclass with Dr Wilfred Bock.
Teaching kids to intentionally strive toward the things they really want to achieve can never be more under rated if you ask me. I believe it’s a fundamental process to teach kids of all ages. Believe it or not, studies show that you can introduce goal setting to children as young as age two....off course using age appropriate methods.
So why go through all the trouble. Let them just be kids we say! Well, why not set them up for success from a young age especially since we live a an incredibly fast paced, rapidly changing world that requires our children to be ready. Goal setting allows them to take their vision, break it down into achievable steps AND, if we do it right, it keeps them honest about where they are at with achieving these goals. When we allow them to do this,
their dreams and visions actually stand a chance of becoming reality as opposed to some airy fairy thought in their heads.
Goal setting can help kids with…
A sense of timing – Things don’t happen overnight, time is needed to achieve these goals.
To cope with disappointment or learning that its ok to fail – you may not achieve all your goals but you would have learned from the process.
Confidence – Builds self-confidence especially when a goal is achieved.
A sense of responsibility – what you put in is what you get out.
So how do we go about teaching this to our kids? Here’s a guideline...
Depending on their age, help them put a plan together –Ask them questions to help them decide on what their goals are, like what do they want to get better at, ask them about their vision and dreams.
Get them to write it down - using visions boards or even a simple list.
Break it down into doable steps
Check points – Write down dates when they can revisit their plans to see how they are doing.
Hold them accountable on a regular basis to track progress of these goals.
Encourage your kids to surround themselves with like minded friends who can encourage them along the way. Perhaps even make it a family affair, where each person has a goal and make time to regularly reflect together as family. This process may seem tedious, but, nothing ventured nothing gained right, so why not give it a shot. You‘ll be surprised at the outcome. You will learn things about your kids you probably never knew.
Equipping them with this simple tool can set them apart in the future, giving them a headstart into the real world, demonstrating possibility and positivity!