It’s the beginning of a new year – and the buzz of new goals is fresh in the air. There’s a certain sense of renewal and of anticipation for the opportunity that lies ahead.
This is also a perfect time to take an audit of our lifestyle and behavior and what path we are taking. If they were depicted in a mirror, would they be a reflection of what we truly seek to become or have they become distorted …. Have our good intentions been compromised by the stresses of daily living?
Taking the time to reevaluate where we are on this life’s journey is something we all can, and should, learn to do on a regular basis. We can teach our children to take a mental picture of who they would like to become and what they would like to achieve. By teaching them discipline and commitment, we help create a solid foundation for the accomplishment of their goals.
Of course, there are many other factors involved, but let’s focus here on commitment. It is undeniable that successfully reaching goals, where commitment played a critical role, imparts a real satisfying sense of accomplishment. In today’s world, where instant gratification reigns, it is often challenging to convince the younger generations that the path of patience and commitment will be more rewarding in the long-term.
So how can we, as parents, teachers, and mentors, encourage and guide them down this path? Here are some things to consider as you coach them through this process:
Have them choose goals they can identify with and that are valuable in their eyes.
Make goals achievable and measurable. If it involves a long-term commitment (from their perspective), consider establishing milestones and charting them on a bulletin board. Make a point to celebrate these small successes, taking note of ‘personal bests’.
Prepare them for obstacles that might lie ahead and how to plan for them. For example, if your child committed to taking a new pet on a daily afternoon walk, how should he/she plan for after-school activities?
Talk about how family and friends can lend support. Taking on a commitment doesn’t mean you have to go it alone – it just means that you take responsibility for it. With some planning and a teamwork approach, we can lead each other to success.
Managing commitment is a life skill. Every stage and facet of life will test our ability to make and follow through on commitments. With attentive parenting and encouraging guidance, we can help our children develop the feeling of satisfaction and self-worth that accompanies successfully reaching goals.
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This was previously published in our Newsletter magazine