Individual Goal Setting

1) Here are some powerful affirmations that you can teach your child to say, even before he properly understands their meaning:

“I like myself!”

“I feel great!”

“I can do this!”

“I’m getting better and better at math/science/spelling/whatever!”

“I’ll have lovely dreams tonight.” (Last thing at night)

“Tomorrow will be an excellent day!” (Last thing at night)

“Something terrific is going to happen today!” (First thing in the morning)

“I have limitless supplies of energy.”

“Every day, in every way, I am growing stronger and stronger.”

“My brain is millions times smarter than the biggest computer in the world.”

You can doubtless think of many more appropriate statements.

Explain the concepts of why we use affirmations the way we do to your child, when he is old enough to understand them.

2) Help your child set his first goal. Remember, for starters, to keep it nice and simple, and not too ambitious. Help him to create a written plan for his goal. If possible, help him make a calendar of some sort to put on his wall, on which he can tick off activities or accomplishments on the path to his goal. Better still, buy him some colorful stickers to use each day, or each time he reaches a milestone on his goal-plan.

Use your imagination! But don’t be too forceful – remember this is your child’s goal, and he should be the one who decides how he is going to accomplish it. Your role is to give encouragement and suggestions – and keep expecting the very best of your child!

To help you help your child with goal setting, we are providing some further resources:

A summary of the principles of goal setting, in a simple enough format for a young child to understand, with your help.

An example of an actual goal plan completed by a child, to give you an idea. It isn’t perfect, but neither does your child’s need to be perfect – just good enough. You might want your child’s goal plan to be more complex, or simpler, depending on your child’s age and what his exact goal is.

3) As he begins to understand the concept of goal setting with greater clarity, teach your child to sit down each morning, before school or before going out to play, and write down his major goal or goals. Be careful not to turn this into a chore. It should be an enjoyable and useful habit. It is very important not to force this. Just suggest it, let your child see you doing it for you own goals, and explain why it is useful, namely that it embeds the goal deeper and deeper into the subconscious mind. If he can do a drawing as well, even better.

Even if all that your child acquires is the knowledge that this is a way of achieving success the knowledge will stand him in good stead throughout his life, for he will be able to use it for important goals in the future.

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