As we are approaching the end of the festive season it is important to refocus once again and start planting our seeds for a successful year ahead. As a family it is vital to cultivate a sustained motivation to grow and progress as individuals, irrelevant of age. It is just as important for kids to develop these motives as well as adults.
Correct goal setting methods will make the process enjoyable, challenging and fulfilling for our kids. Instilling this culture within the household will build and develop children’s self-confidence and discipline as they successfully achieve these short and long term goals. Follow these steps to ensure you are providing your children with the correct guidance.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Help your children set S.M.A.R.T goals. Work with them on setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
- Have your children Write Down their goals, for school, home & martial arts.
- Set a Time-Line for their goals, both short and long term.
- Help them develop PASSION in different aspects of their life. This will give them the drive to pursue during the challenging times.
- Decide as a family how you will CELEBRATE once they achieve their goals. Including the small stepping stones.
- Help your children place a VISUAL REMINDER in your home where they can see it every day to remind them to remain active in pursuing their goals. A poster or a hand written note is a fantastic tool.
- Make sure your children understand that in order to achieve our goals, it requires TEAMWORK. Showing appreciation and gratitude to everyone involved.
- Facilitate your child achieve their goals by setting them up with a BUDDY. A friend from school, neighbour, or even siblings, so they can help and support each other.
- Sticking to the weekly schedule will develop their CONSISTENCY & PERSEVERANCE. Inadvertently, there will be instances where there may an unexpected hurdle in the way, such as an illness. Overcoming these will help the kids refocus on the task at hand.
- And last but not least, be a ROLE MODEL. Children are like sponges, soaking in everything they hear and see, especially from their parents. There is no better way to be a role model to our children by setting and achieving our own goals!