Tips for Parents
Fall and football are now upon us! What does that have to do with student leadership? In football, there's a goal post. And in the leadership world, you need to post some goals.
To help your student keep on track, you can share these five elements of a successful goal:
- Achievable. Set goals that are realistic within the context of your life. Too often the reason any of us fail is that we set unachievable goals.
- Measurable. Use quantifiable words in your goal lingo rather than fluffing them up with airy concepts. For instance, saying, "I'll spend two extra hours per week on writing assignments" is easier to measure than "I'll put more effort into my writing assignments."
- Short. Keep your goals to short paragraphs. That way, they're easier to commit to memory and always keep in mind.
- Positive. State your goals in a positive manner that makes them appealing. It's a good way to motivate yourself mentally.
- Begin/End. Determine when you will start working on each goal and when it should be achieved. This will help you focus ... and succeed!
It's never too late for students to set some reasonable, attainable goals. At this point in the academic year, they know what lies ahead school-wise and where they need to extend extra effort. They also know what activities, sports and other commitments go into their days. Help them develop both short- and long-term goals — and then offer your support. It always helps students to have a fan waiting in the stands as they strive for their personal goal post.
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