Teach your kids how to set goals- part 1. teach your kids
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”inspiration” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]We’ve been teaching the kids how to set goals and objectives. We want them to learn how to save up for something and knowing how to set goals is very useful for this. We’ve been passing on the tips and tricks I learned from my days as a Financial Adviser.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”why is goal setting important?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Most of us are incredibly unspecific about the goals and outcomes that we want, it’s little wonder then that we often end up unhappy with our results. Before we go any deeper into this post, why not take a minute to write down a goal and then you can compare your goal against the goal setting criteria outlined below.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”so how to teach our kids?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Well first of all, if you took the time to write down your goal, well done! This is the first step. Taking a thought and committing it to paper transforms it into something physical, which makes it more real. An additional benefit is that it forces you to clarify what it is that you want, it forces you to choose one thing over other things. The next thing to do is apply the SMART process outlined below to your goal:







Each goal should be as specific as possible, eg I want to be Prime Minister of England, or I want to lose 3kg, or I want to get 5 A’s in my GCSE exams. The more specific the goal the more you are set up to achieve it.


Can the stated aim be measured? Is there a clear way that success can be defined and proven? All 3 of our examples above pass this test.


Can these goals be achieved? Is there anything that could get in the way? Can you picture yourself having achieved them now? So all 3 of our examples pass this test, although I might struggle with the Prime Minister one!


So this is where my desire to be Prime Minister falls by the wayside I’m sorry to say, whereas the other 2 goals are a tad more realistic. This is just a sense check, there’s no point having a goal that isn’t realistic, or at least possible.


A goal is not a goal until you have stated when it will be done by. So in order to breathe some life into our 3 examples above, we need to say when they will be done by.

One other thing to bear in mind is that the goal must be stated in the positive. So rather than I want to lose 3kg, you should state the desired outcome i.e. I want to be 72kg.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”how it should be” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]So in our examples above:

  • My goal is to be Prime Minister by the end of May 2020

  • I want to weigh 72kg by the end of October 2016

  • I will pass my GCSE exams in June 2017 with 5 A grade passes in, English, Maths, Geography, French and Chemistry

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Teach your kids to set goals:

Step 1:  Write it down.
Step 2: Make sure it passes the SMART test (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Timebound).
Step 3:  Make sure that the goal is stated positively.
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