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Youth Goal Planning

Get Smart! Start planning. Set Goals.

September 30th to October 4th, 2019 is
“Kid’s Goal Planning Week

Traditionally, the first week of October is “Kid’s Goal Planning Week“; but, whatever your age, if you haven’t yet got started, there’s no better time than the present. Start the year off now by setting your goals. Then, rethink them again later in the month, and throughout the year.

When were the last time mom, dad, and the kids sat down together and asked, “‘What’s your goal for this month?” How about asking your friends and classmates?

Identify and define goal setting. Let’s start this nice in the simplest terms, because what do we know and recognize as a good example? As a child or youth, maybe it’s running the fastest in a race? But, it can also be winning a game; or it can be getting all the answers right on a test; and earning a good grade or score.

Goal setting isn’t just for adults, but something we should learn as kids or youth, and going through or school years, and continuing well into our adult years. That’s just like mom, dad, and even grandma and grandpa. We’re all in it together, living life to its best, and doing the teamwork. But we need goals to get us there.

Goal setting raises a youth’s motivation and focus and gets us to have greater strength, spirit, and pride. What’s good for mom and dad, is also good for the kids! Set the example, lead the family, and join with your schoolmates.

Take some time together and talk for a few minutes about how we can attain our goals. Ask everyone in the family and your school how they’re doing, and if they need any help. Just a few chats together with family and friends can help kids inspire the imagination, focus on what they want to achieve, and move them towards their vision with feelings of success. In regular practice, just a short chat now and then can tremendously boost the self-esteem.

Focusing on goals makes our visions a reality, as well as that it stimulates us and creates the energy to carry on even when motivation seems low.

Just give it a head start

Let us take a look at the most well-known goal-setting practice that’s known as “SMART”, an acronym which outlines the strategy and stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable (agreed-upon and attainable), Realistic and Time-bound.

  • Specific: what exactly do I want to happen? (target a specific area for improvement.)
  • Measurable: I will know I’ve achieved my goal when? (quantify, or at least suggest, an indicator of progress.)
  • Achievable (Agreed-upon/Attainable): Is it possible to reach this goal by the deadline? Is this my passion, and do I have the heart and spirit? Can I do the hard work? Can I find support and inspiration? (List what’s needed to make it happen. Ask what’s your biggest problems, and then answer those with the best solutions)
  • Realistic (Relevant): Can I follow this plan to achieve my goal? Do I feel it’s important enough to stick to the plan? (say what you can achieve given what you have.)
  • Time-bound: I will reach my goal by when? (specify when the result can be achieved)

That’s one way to go, but here’s what not do…

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself, or flood and overwhelm yourself with bad thoughts, lots of problems, or things that are in the way.
  • Don’t be inflexible or stubborn about your goals, because that can become problematic and set you up for failure. Be reasonable, accept the changes, and make necessary adjustments.
  • Don’t become overly routine or programmed so that you become robotic and unfeeling about your goals. Keep in touch with yourself and how you are feeling about everything. Stay free, animated, and excited.

Go Get It!

So, let’s get specific and pick out some goals. What are your dreams and aspirations? Let’s begin by writing them down, or even piecing together a bunch of artful images and visions. Do you want to improve your grades, or work performance? Maybe you want to make more friends, make some money, or start playing sports? Maybe you want a new hobby, or learn some skills, or play in a music band? Go ahead, open your mind and let your dreams run wild. But, then, chose just one or two of your most important wishes to begin your journey.

Now, try to put that in an actionable sentence. Start by saying to yourself, “I will…” and then complete that by saying what you want to do, and by what time. You can make it a shorter-term goal, or a long term. Just make it realistic. That’s whether it’s done by the end of the hour, day, or the week. It all begins with an idea in the mind and being goal-oriented. We build from there.

Just give it a head start