Goal Setting

Happy New Year!  There is so much pressure at this time of year to ‘start fresh’ and be the person you always wanted to be.  We start out by making grandiose ‘resolutions’, many of which are unrealistic and unattainable, so we end up throwing in the towel by the time February rolls around.

Our children witness this behavior and it can dampen their motivation.   So, instead of encouraging them to make resolutions, we should be teaching them (and ourselves) the more practical life skill of ‘goal setting’.

Regardless of their age, this is the perfect time to teach your children how to set goals the S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) way.  They can apply this approach to almost anything that they want to achieve…making the basketball team, getting an A in math, learning how to skate, you name it!

To better ensure success, make sure they break down the ultimate goal into smaller goals (e.g. monthly, weekly and even daily goals) and then cross goals off once they’re attained (successful completion of goals along the way helps provide the motivation to continue).

What has your experience been with New Year’s resolutions (I got frustrated with trying to attain the unattainable, so gave up on them years ago)?  Share your stories in the comments.

If this article was of interest to you, you might also wish to read my posts entitled “You are what you think” and “Patience“.

Happy New Year!

“Wake up smiling; seize every moment; try new things; be bold, legendary, fearless; amaze yourself; take chances; embrace change; be optimistic; now is your time.”

I thought these were some great things to aspire to, as we move into the new year!  New Year’s always feels like a new beginning, a chance to start fresh and to be one’s best.  May 2015 be a truly wonderful year for you and your family!

Start the new year off on the right foot! Put up these inspirational subway art printables in your home or office to help encourage you to be your best self

Click here for this inspirational subway art printable.

Happy New Year!