Goal setting for teens

Written by Varouna Baroud on Thursday, 28 September 2017. Posted in Self development, Life management

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 As the twig is bent, the tree grows.

The beauty of being a child is that you dream without limitations. You believe that you will make your dreams come true and become successful. As adults we should follow that example more often.

Research shows that most adults don’t have a clear written down plan for life and fail to achieve the goals they do set. This means most people go through life without having a clear plan for their future in mind.

Big dreams, small expectations

The real sad news is that it’s not only adults that lack faith in their own ability to achieve what they want. A recent survey among young teens shows that up to 78 % of teens don’t expect that the career they dream about (when asked what they would do if they could do anything in life they want) is the career they realistically expect to have in the future. 

That means that the new generation already believes that their dreams are unrealistic and their goals unachievable BEFORE they are well and truly on their way in life. 

And why would they? We all want our kids to be happy. But what do we teach them about happiness: We teach them it means having a good secure job, making enough money to get by until your pension and raise a family so the next generation can do it all over again. But isn't that encouraging children to grow up into teens and adults that choose production over passion?

In this fast life with a thousand distractions per minute, do we take the time to sit our teens down and ask them about their dreams? About their ultimate aim in life? Do we talk to them about why they are significant? Do we teach them what they need to plan, pursue and achieve their real goals?

How can they believe in themself or their dreams dreams if  they don’t have clarity on what it is they are after.  You can’t be successful in your achievements without any form of planning.  Nor can you efficiently grow as a person or in your career/business without having a clear target or direction.  

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Planning your future

No business would just wing it and then cross their fingers hoping they will eventually get results they want. Every successful business has a clear vision for the future. Every successful business sets short and long term goals. Every successful business creates a strategy to make best use of their resources and individual talents to get the best results. Because management knows productivity, results and engagement go up, when there is a clear focus and action plan.

Imagine the confidence you experience when you learn the skills to take be the manager over your life.  Imagine the head start you have when you learn to believe in yourself, set goals and make actions plans at an early age.  Learn how to prioritize, make action plans and develop the discipline to work hard on achieving it.

At school children focus on cognitive and social skills for their future: math, science, biology, playing by the rules, waiting your turn.  But to be successful in life you need much more than just these skills. Kids need to develop a stable personality, strong communication skills and connect with their personal talent to reach their full potential.

We owe it to our youth to help them develop the skills they need in real life. Provide them with the tools that help them move forward in all areas of life.  

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Goals and self-esteem

Children that grow up feeling self-aware, confident and know what they are passionate will make smart choices for the future when it comes to friendships, study choice and money. When you grow up knowing that you can actively work on your dreams by setting achievable goals, you will excel on whichever path they choose to take.

Teens that are encouraged to discover their inner talents and are provided the tools to make constructive plans for their life, grow up inspired. And inspired teens grow into inspired adults that feel the inner need to always develop themselves and make a positive contribution to the world.

Once you know your own unique strengths and know what you want to achieve in life, you gain confidence and grow up believing in your personal success. If you then learn to value and respect others as well, you will work together (instead of against each other) and become part of a strong, growing community.

Start talking about goal setting at home! Start the conversation with your kids by answering the following questions together:

  • What is my dream for my world and my future?
  • How can I turn a dream into a goal?
  • How do I make a plan to achieve a goal?
  • What actions do I need to take to achieve this goal? 

If you want your teen to learn how to discover their strengths, set goals and make an action plan to achieve that goal, you can sign them up for Partem Education’s “SMART TEEN” workshop. 

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