The Importance of Goal Setting for Children
By Andrew Loh
Goals: “Something that you hope to achieve, attain, meet, pursue, reach, realize, and
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
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
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.