“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins


Setting and achieving goals are essential skills a person needs to succeed in life. Having specific goals for what we want to be able to give us hope and a direction in life that can easily change from one day to the next.

As parents, we need to teach children to have goals in life. We can help to teach them in setting and achieving goals.

In teaching children to have a purpose, we can start it since they were little. This will make them become a great person who chooses good things to do in life. Children who can and are used to setting goals tend to perform better than children who do not set goals in their life.

There are three steps you can take to help your child set effective goals and be motivated in the process of reaching those goals.

Let Children Determine their own “Big Goal in Life”

If your child has a strong desire to achieve goals, they will likely be motivated so they will eventually succeed. Therefore, instead of encouraging your child to set goals that you want them to achieve, help them consider what they really want to achieve.

You can help them by asking questions like:

  1. What do you want to achieve now?
  2. What challenges would you be very proud to overcome?
  3. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Besides, help your child to focus on one main goal that they want to achieve, for example, this year. Teach children to set goals that are specific, measurable, and traceable. Specific and regular goals will make it easier for children to recognize progress toward the main goal. Examples of measurable goals that are much more effective are:

  1. “I will keep a daily journal this year of learning progress and check it every week.”
  2. I will get 10 points higher in math this year than the previous year.”

Making Plans to Reach the Goals

Once your child has set specific and measurable goals, you can help them plan. Help children make a list of steps that can be taken to achieve the goals.

For example, if the goal is to increase math score to 10 points higher than the previous year, the steps of the plan could include:

  • Listening to the teacher’s explanation at school about math material well.
  • Asking teachers, friends, or family members who can help if you get into trouble.
  • Repeating math material that has been learned from school every day for about 30 minutes.
  • Learn from mistakes made when working on math problems.
  • If you need more help, take a math course (after discussion between parents and children).
  • Prepare for the test at least three days before the exam for having well-preparation.

Celebrate Progress and Success

Help children see their progress. Periodically, look at the goals together with them and mark each step they have reached. If the goal can be seen in a long enough time, see the consistency of children in doing each step that they need to take.

You can celebrate children’s success as they pass steps towards their goals. However, remember that every goal will have its challenges. Therefore, be prepared for the obstacles that your child will face. Keep appreciating your child’s efforts as they take the steps toward their goals.

Give some suggestions when your child experiences setbacks or frustrations during the process. Also, give praise along the way to help your child still remember their goals and understand that progress is just as important as the end goal. After their final goal is achieved, you can celebrate their achievement after their hard work.

May 9, 2021

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