Goal setting has always helped the winners achieve their desires. According to a recent research study conducted by University of Scranton, only 8% of people are able to achieve their goals, rest 92% are never able to reach where they want to.
If you are in that 92% category, here is what you need to learn and teach your kids. Failing out on achieving goals is really frustrating and can deny success to us for long time. So, here is what those 8% are doing that rest 92% is not doing.
- Understand the path to final goal: Normally, kids are way too bothered about seeing the end result that they completely ignore how to reach there. Setting a goal gives your child the direction in which she needs to set ahead but having a goal alone will not give her success.
A goal is a destination which needs to be reached by travelling the right path. So, make sure that your child chalks out the path required to reach the end goal. Help your child to work backwards to chalk out the road map to achieve the end result. Thus, the process of achieving the goal needs to be focused a lot more than just focusing on end result.
- Finding the support system: ‘Life is too short to make all the mistakes yourself to learn from’.
Experience is indeed the most valuable resource that helps you achieve success in whatever you do. But, small kids lack this practical experience of dealing with obstacles or hindrances….
So, why not help them find the right mentor who can be a big help in helping them achieve their goals.
A mentor or an advisor can help your child to achieve her goals faster. Having the right guidance also helps you learn more in the same time duration. No doubt right guidance and support also reduces the number of mistakes that your child makes in travelling the path to success.
- Break goals into smaller milestones: It is important to break down your end goal into smaller goals to track your progress. For example, if your child is obese and wants to lose 20 kgs in 6 months, then she needs to design specific goals.
Having specific goals like, ‘I will lose 3.5 kgs in the month of January by reducing sugar intake and including raw vegetables and fruits’. Now, this sounds like a specific goal which has a purpose along with a plan of action. This will be much more motivating and achievable rather than just thinking of losing 20 kgs in 6 months.
- What if you fail: This is indeed one of the most important things to figure out. Failure is just another opportunity to do things better. Nobody actually fails in life, we either succeed or learn. This is something that you need to teach your child as well. This is a big learning for all kids and with this positive reinforcement they will be much better equipped to fight back in life.
Write down the goals: Gail Matthews, a famous psychologist says that when people wrote down their goals in a diary or in a notebook, they were 33% more successful in achieving their goals. These are small but powerful tips to help your child achieve her goals in life. The sooner you teach your child to set goals in life, the better their chances of success are.