If they are still having trouble, try providing them with a few writing prompts like the following:
There are just a few examples to help get them started. Hopefully, these words will spark some ideas.
Here’s a list of materials you may want to consider if you plan to help them create a vision board:
It's important to note that successful individuals often attribute their success to setting and working towards specific goals. Setting goals is an important first step in achieving success, but we need to make it very clear to children (and ourselves) that it is not the only step. The real key to success is taking action and doing the things that will lead to the achievement of those goals. This means developing a plan of action and consistently working towards achieving the goals we’ve all set for ourselves. It also means being willing to make adjustments and modifications to the plan as needed.
Experience has always been my best teacher and I think it’s the same for many of us and our children. Share your goals and past successes with the kids in your lives. Share your failed attempts with them too because our own experiences can serve as valuable lessons for them as well. I also suggest knowing who else these kids look up to and admire. See if you can find and point out examples of their role models setting a specific goal for themselves and working towards making it happen. It doesn’’t matter if are real people or Disney characters. What matters is getting the point across to kids that goal setting and taking action to achieve those goals is what’s important if you want to succeed in life.
Overall, teaching children how to set goals and work towards achieving them is an important aspect of their development. Let’s also remind them that achieving goals takes time, effort and consistency, and it's normal to encounter obstacles along the way.
Failure is a part of the process and it doesn’t have to be permanent. By taking action and continuing to work towards their goals, they can overcome those obstacles and achieve success. With this knowledge and these skill sets, children can learn the value of hard work and perseverance, and develop important character traits that will serve them well throughout their lives.
To help reinforce goal setting for kids, here are a few resources to consider:
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