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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


The Importance of Goal Setting for Children

By Andrew Loh

Goals: “Something that you hope to achieve, attain, meet, pursue, reach, realize, and set"

A goal is something that many people try to achieve yet end up in failure. A goal is that something that you want very badly that you will start working towards and reach it within a specified period. Some people want something and a want is equal to a goal. Both are different. You may badly want to own a fancy car. That will be your dream and you might just go on dreaming about it but never buy it in the end. In this case, it is just a fantasy.

However, you want a car of your life. You do not want to fantasize about it. Rather, you will create a plan to buy that car. First, you will create an image in your mind and later a solid plan for the future to buy the car. It also means that you are creating a goal in your mind and on the paper to reach your goalpost - in this case, it is your car. Buying a car after working on your goal is satisfactory because you were successful in reaching your goalpost. Goals are very important for you and your children's life.

Why is it very critical for your children to set goals?

Setting goals is very important goal for your children because:

Develop a sense of purpose - When your children develop a sense of purpose, they would also improve their self-belief, self-image and self-esteem. In turn, it would enhance your children's self-confidence. Developing a sense of purpose will also lead to touching something that meaningful and worthwhile.

Develop focus - Children may develop an ability to make better decisions and focus helps them in the process. With focus, children will start acting towards reaching their goalpost. Focus is just like a dartboard where you can throw darts on the bull's eye.

Motivation - Achieving goals in life helps children develop internal motivation. Goals are always personal and meaningful. They are very close to your children's heart and soul. This internal motivation also helps them reach their desired goalpost. Internal motivation also gives them encouragement, energy and strength to achieve whatever they want in their life.

Children who set goals and achieve them, be them sporting or academic or personal, are more likely to perform better in life than children than children who do not have any meaningful goals in life. It pays a lot to train your children the art of setting goals and achieving them in the end. You may want to show them how they can do it and experience good things in life. Help them to achieve their own goals and not yours.

Goals and dreams have many things in common. Children interpret goals as their dreams. Just watch children mimicking those courageous fire and police officers weather saving people trapped in fire or catch a thief by using dare devil techniques. These are some of the favorite dreams for your children and that is what they want to be when they grow up and become adults. Goal setting also start at this ripe young age. What they need is a strong catalyst in the form of useful and goalpost reaching techniques.

Teaching goal setting for children

Goal setting could be a complicated process for children. Goal setting is not about writing something that your children want in their life. There is specific goal setting procedure specifically designed for your children. Please remember that your children will need to follow this simple procedure:

Help them set an easy goal + Help them take a pre-defined action everyday = Let them achieve the result by reaching the desired goalpost.

Goal setting will be new to your children. Developing goal-setting activity is just developing daily habit like brushing teeth or studying lessons every day. Goal setting should be a daily habit for your children because achieving a specific goal is a part of your children's daily activity. When your children learn how to set goals for themselves, they are sure to gain some positive things like:

  • Develop thinking ability and streamline critical thinking.

  • Plan things for future and be safe in whatever they do or perform.

  • Learn how to take action so that they can take suitable action.

Setting goals involves several important steps and processes that children may not like avoid. It is quite easy to link goals to any areas of life. Getting good grades in class is a great goal for your children. May be your children want to play for school's football team. Whatever the type of goals are, children should know how achieve them in the most efficient way possible. Continue to read Goal Setting for Young Children - Teaching Children the Basics of Goal Setting.


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