Adults are often told about the importance of setting goals, but do we need to set goals for our children?
Benefits of setting goals
There are a number of benefits to your child if they have a clear goal, such as:
So, how can you help set goals with your child?
One thing that is often misunderstood with goals is there is a belief that people don't achieve their goals because they lack motivation, when in reality, what they really need is clarity.
For a goal to be successful, it should follow the SMART concept:
Specific – the goal needs to be clear and precise
Measurable –you need objective evidence to measure the achievement of the goal
Achievable – the goal needs to be realistic and reasonably easy to accomplish
Relevant – it needs to be relevant and aligned with any longer-term goals
Time-based – you need a target date for completing the goal to help provide motivation
In the context of gymnastics and your child, what could a SMART goal look like?
Here is a simple example:
By 1 January 2022, I will be able to perform a forward roll and then stand up from the forward roll without using my hands.
How you can help your child with their gymnastics goals?
There are a number of other ways you can help your child as they move towards achieving their goals:
So speak with your children and ask them what their goals are and help them work towards them and set them up for positive life skills.
Dee Matlok is a wellness coach, former lawyer and a recognised change maker. She helps busy professional women create consistent healthy habits to make them feel energised and healthy. She has qualifications in nutrition, exercise science, food psychology and wellness coaching and is the author of ‘DARE to be Awesome: How to Design the Life of Your Dreams One Habit at a Time”. Dee is an avid runner and triathlete, and she has completed several long-distance triathlons and multi-day running events in some of the toughest terrains in the world such as the Sahara and Gobi Deserts. She is committed to raising awareness about mental health and wellness issues, which led to her nomination for the Australian of the Year Award in 2014.
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