Life goals are a popular topic.
There are unlimited ways to analyze and create goals.
How should we best communicate the topic of goals with youth?
Goals and setting goals are popular topics. Goals have an affect on our performance in many aspects of our lives.
POPULARITY OF THE TOPIC, ‘GOALS’:
An example of the popularity of this topic is when I typed ‘Goal Setting’ into Google, there were 17,300,000 results. The results for ‘Goal Setting worksheet’ was about 2,690,000 results. Amazon books displayed over 29,000 books with ‘goal’ in their titles.
YOUTH AND GOALS:
The question is: ‘What goals should we discuss with our youth; what information should we impart?’
Currently, my 14 year old grand daughter is attending a 9 week leadership program. It is at the School for Student Leadership at the Snowy River Campus in Australia. One project they have is the PLP (Personal Learning Project). It requires students to come up with a personal goal. The students research that goal and make a presentation about it.
GOALS: MANY TYPES & APPROACHES:
So much has been written about goals. There are many types of them.
Some examples are: Health, Career, Family, Friendship, Love, Happiness, Spirituality, Creativity, Travel, Money, and Education goals.
Further examples of goals are:
Limit goals (sets boundaries);
Rate goals (actions done repeatedly);
Exclusion goals (things that you will not do);
There are also:
Accomplishment Goals -to complete a discrete and measurable task;
Stretch Goals -we stretched current abilities;
SMART goals -goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound;
Habit Goals -building a new habit.
Ways to Assess Goals:
Type A: -something you already know how to do. (No inspiration);
Type B: -what you think you can do. (No growth);
Type C: -your wants which come from your fantasies and your imagination. (Offers inspiration and growth. This type changes your belief and behaviour.
NO GOALS or OBSESSION WITH GOALS:
We need to find the appropriate goals to suit our situation.
Often, we become obsessed with goals or have none. Either or both can be problematic.
FINDING THE APPROPRIATE GOALS:
If you are going to do something, you need to be inspired. You go after something you want. You need to find the right goals which suit you.
Again I refer to the book “GRIT – The Power of Passions and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth. In her book she states “grit is the tendency to sustain interest to achieve long-term goals.”
We need to allow our children to explore and experience all types of activities. Once they find activities that they enjoy, they will grow their grit from inside. This will motivate them to set and achieve goals in their chosen activities of interest.
The topic of setting goals is a great topic to discuss with our youth. Done appropriately, this can have a powerful affect on their futures.
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