This gem of a quote is a mantra of my daughter’s Tae Kwon Do Master, Chip Lutz. When I heard him throw the first half of this phrase out to his students ranging in age from 4-12 years old, and they completed the phrase, I was immediately inspired.
Why can’t we as parents inspire our kids to set goals for their future? Why can’t we teach them that ultimately they are in control of the destiny they dream of?
So I came up with a plan, tried it on my crew, and with shear amazement, they complied and were actually motivated to begin working towards their goals right away.
It’s actually pretty easy to do! Here’s a step-by-step plan to help you, your spouse, your children and even your parents create goals for their future. The best part of all of this is you are actually building their confidence, their self-sufficiency, and taking a little load off your back.
Step One – Post your challenge where your family will see it!
My note simply said: “Goals You Set – Are Goals You Get” Family Challenge! You have one week. This Sunday night have prepared your following goals in writing:
10-year goals – Long Term – Age at that time, and where you see yourself.
5-year goals – Mid-Range Term – Age and where to do want to be?
2-year goals – Shorter Term – Age and where do you want to be?
1-year goals – Short Term – Age and where do you want to be?
Step Two – Explain in more detail that by beginning with the 10-year goals they can use the shorter-term goals to begin the steps needed to reach the 10-year goals.
Younger children may need some assistance, but try to only guide them. Ultimately you want them to take ownership of this.
Step Three – Share your goals as a family! Rules to follow: No laughing, no interrupting and no negativity when it’s someone’s turn. Once a family member has completed sharing their goals then the family can discuss the goals, make positive remarks, suggestions and offer encouragement!
Step Four – Post the goals where the goal setter can see them!
Step Five – Revisit the goals once a year! Make adjustments where necessary and keep it positive and fun! Before long you and your family will be celebrating new successes with pride and confidence!
Wishing you and your family all the greatest of success in achieving your goals!
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Thank you – Michelle