3 Goal-Setting Activities for Children to Achieve.

Learning to set goals is one of those life skills everybody should have. The goal-setting process allows children and adults alike to achieve whatever purpose we have in mind. There is no better feeling than achieving a goal after a long period of working on it.

But more than that, reaching goals and the overall process of doing it teach us about discipline and resilience, both qualities that can take us to unknown places to achieve greatness.

Whether it is your children’s new years resolution or some school year goals, these goal-setting activities will provide the necessary motivation to keep things going until the final line.

But why do we need to set up goals?

  • It keeps you sharp and focused: Many times, due to fatigue, overcommitments, and other factors, it is common not to stay focused on this goal. However, when you set goals, your desire is quantified, and this helps to better direct all your efforts.

  • It allows you to plan and be strategic: Goals are small achievements within a larger objective. Of course, they can, on their own, be larger than normal. Regardless, they are part of a large-scale plan. When linked to something big or long-term, goals are essential to guide efforts and measure achievements along the way.

Let us dive into some of the activities you can do to help your children in the process of achieving their goals in life.

A bucket list.

This is a lovely activity you can actually do as a family thing. A bucket list is a list of dreams, experiences, or achievements that someone wants to have during their lifetime or in a specific period of time.

A bucket list can function as a vision boards for your children. Visualization is a key component of this process of creating goal-setting skills. One cannot do something without imagining it first, so writing down your goals or dreams is a crucial step in the journey.

A fun thing you can do is to create two different buckets. One will be for the things your children want to do and the other for the things they managed to do during the set period of time. Every time they accomplish something, you can transfer the goal from one bucket to another.

Positive feelings.

This activity aims to help children identify and modify thinking patterns, so they learn to focus on positive aspects that will help them achieve their goals.

Often, our thoughts are the biggest barrier we can face to achieving our goals. This activity will help our children to focus on the thoughts and behaviors that will help them on their journey to do the things they want. This is what you have to do:

  • Your children and everybody involved in this activity have to put the goal they want to accomplish on a piece of paper or a goal-setting worksheet.

  • They should write what corresponds to what they want to achieve in the columns below.

  • On the left column, they should write down actions, attitudes, or thoughts that do not help them achieve the goal they set out to achieve. They will have to do introspection to write them down. This will allow them to realize the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their goals. Identifying the obstacles is the first step in overcoming them.

  • In the right column, they should write down the actions, thoughts, or attitudes that will help them reach their goals. This way they can focus more on what they need to do to reach their goals.

Implement smart goal setting.

The SMART method is a very useful way to determine and reach goals that bring real results to a person or company. How to set goals using this method? It’s very simple, just make sure they are:

  • Specific: instead of thinking of vague and abstract ideas, encourage your children to have something more concrete in mind.

  • Measurable: you can’t achieve a goal without tracking it, so make sure it is possible to measure your children’s progress along the way.

  • Attainable: an effective goal is also one that is realistic. It is okay to have big dreams and ambitions, but you cannot expect to run when you do not know how to walk properly, right? The same goes for goal-setting. If your child’s goal is to learn how to play guitar, maybe it is not the best idea that the ultimate goal is playing like Jimi Hendrix by the end of the year.

  • Relevant: a goal should be relevant for any aspect of your life; if not, why pursue it in the first place?

  • Tied to time: procrastination is a reality for children and adults alike. Try to establish specific dates or periods of time for your children’s goals to avoid going sideways during the journey.

At Spimbey, we believe in the potential every child has. We want to help them and help you in the journey to becoming successful people that bring positive things to society.

Do you have any particular goal-setting activity that has proven effective for your children? Share it with us! Goal-setting activities are great tools we can use to set our children for success.

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