Tips for Parents
Setting Goals in a New Year
Call them resolutions or call them goals — either way, they're things we'd like to accomplish in the next few months. It's important that students head into a new year with some goals in hand. Perhaps they have to do with:
- Academics — Now that grades are out, what does he plan to do about the upcoming semester academically?
- Involvement — Is there a club or organization she's interested in joining? If so, this could be the time!
- Relationships — How will he meet new people while staying connected to old friends?
- Wellness — What good things will she do for her health in the new year? And how will she do them?
- Career Exploration — What types of internships will he apply for? How will he get his resume in shape?
These are just a few of the categories your student may be considering. You can let her know that successful goals often include the following traits:
- They're 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.
- They're Measurable. Use quantifiable words in your goal lingo rather than fluffing them up with concepts that are too general.
- They're Short. Keep your goals to short paragraphs. That way, they're easier to commit to memory and always keep in mind.
- They're Positive. State those goals in a positive manner that makes them appealing. It's a good way to motivate yourself mentally.
- They Begin and End. Determine when you will start working on each goal and when it should be achieved. This will help you focus ... and succeed!
By discussing goal setting, you're helping your student create a guide for himself. Here's to 2009 and a fresh start!
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