Creating a Plan For Success: Goal Setting For Kids and Adults
Teaching children to set and achieve goals helps them to develop a positive and productive lifetime habit. Research has shown that people who write down a goal and create a plan to achieve it and more likely to reach and achieve the goal.
Helpful Tips for Successful Goal Setting
Work With a Partner or Team
Working with a partner or team greatly increases the probability that the goal will be achieved. I went from sitting on the couch to running a 5K (3.1 miles) race with the help of just one running partner. After my first 5K run, I joined a running group and ran an entire full marathon (26.2 miles), seven months later. Joining a group helped me to develop the skills I needed to successfully achieve the goal. It also helped me to keep motivated and I had a lot of fun!
Families and educators can use the internet to find groups that work together to achieve a common goal. Classroom teachers can also lead their class in order to help them to achieve a common goal. Schools can set school-wide goals such as reading 20 minutes per day and documenting it on a reading log.
Educators and parents can teach children the value of working together. Reading books on this topic helps children to better understand this concept. Below is a helpful book that speaks about the value of working together.
by Kyla Steinkraus (author) © 2013
Teaching students that teamwork, sharing, and cooperating are important steps in working together and help you reach a goal much faster.
Have a Positive Outlook
What is in the mind matters. Believing that one can achieve the goal is as important as making a plan. Visualizing the success of reaching the goal is extremely helpful. Olympic athletes use the technique of positive visualization to help them achieve their athletic goals.
Educators and parents can teach children the value of positive thinking. Reading books on this topic helps children to practice this important skill. Below is a helpful book that teaches children to have a positive outlook.
Look on the Bright Side
by Cristie Reed (author) © 2013
This book talks about how having a positive attitude makes you feel better and happier. How everyone sometimes has problems but if you face them with a positive attitude they can be much easier to deal with and can be a positive learning experience.
Use a Goal to Find a Solution For A Problem
Having trouble memorizing multiplication tables? Set a goal to learn them in two months. Make a plan of action, get help and work toward achieving the goal.
Problems are part of life. Children need to be taught at a young age to find solutions to problems. This is an important lifelong skill that can help them to improve the quality of their life. The library is a great place to take children to help them find research materials that can help them to solve a problem. In order to solve a problem one should:
- Identify the problem
- Write down the problem
- Finds books or literature regarding the topic and read them
- Join a support group, practice group or informational group (if possible)
- Take notes on important findings
- Use the information learned to solve the problem
- Write down possible solutions to the problem
- Keep trying until the problem is solved (Don't give up)
Educators and parents can teach children the steps to problem solving. Reading books on this topic helps children to better understand this concept. Below is a helpful book that teaches children how to make a plan to solve problems.
by Cristie Reed (author) © 2013
This book talks about how everyone has problems and how most problems have solutions. How it is important to stop and think, get all the facts , and be better prepared to solve a problem when it happens to them.
Big Universe Learning offers a large variety of books that help with goals setting. Families can easily access several online books to read with their children. http://biguniverse.com
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