Achieving a goal may not always be easy, but one shouldn’t get discouraged. Be inspired by the following 10 steps to achieve any goal and ambitions, whether you want to get into better shape, pay off financial debts, change careers, or follow a dream.
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Learning how to set goals and work toward them is an important life skill. By introducing the concept of goal-setting to your child at a young age, you can help establish a habit that can benefit your child for a lifetime.
Especially for younger children, start by setting small goals. When children are young, a goal can simply be an action that can be repeated and tracked.
It’s best to involve your child in the goal-setting. Find out what he or she would like to achieve this year, and then help him or her to decide the necessary steps for achieving it. For example, if your child wants to be a better reader, you could set a goal of reading for at least 15 minutes every night – a goal that’s specific and can be tracked.
Here are some realistic ideas for setting goals for kids that you and your child can use for inspiration, tailoring them to reflect your child’s goals:
Some new parents, especially if they are among the first in their circle of friends to have a child, may find it difficult to stay in touch with their friends who do not yet have a child. It’s rarely intentional. Life simply changes. However, the change in the demands on one’s life doesn’t mean that you have to kiss your old friendships goodbye.
Here are some ways to bridge gaps and stay connected with friends, whether or not they have kids:
Instilling a child with a strong work ethic is critical for success later in life. Most achievements require hard work and determination. By teaching your child that working hard for what he or she wants in life is invaluable and why it’s important to take his or her responsibilities seriously, your child will be well on the road to developing a strong work ethic that can become second nature.
You can start to introduce the concept of a strong work ethic at a young age, which is when it’s best to do so. Here are some guidelines for how to teach work ethic:
Having your child participate in extra-curricular activities is part of raising a well-rounded child. However, what happens if your child tells you that he or she wants to quit? On the one hand, you may want to teach your child to honor his or her commitments. On the other hand, allowing your child to be independent and decide the activities to pursue can also be a valuable life lesson.
Striking a balance between pushing your child to stick with an activity that may have become more challenging, and allowing him or her to quit can be difficult. Consider the following when your child wants to quit an activity: