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The Powerful Word of the month is “goal-setting.”

The new year is often a time when people talk of commitment, expectations, and goals they hope to achieve. But while intentions are good, few people follow through because they don’t fully set and plan their goal-achievement experience in advance.

While some might believe that goal-setting is something adults do, we feel that goal-setting is a great exercise for people of all ages. Studies show that those who set and plan effective goals tend to achieve higher levels of success than others. We want our students to learn the power of goal-setting while they’re young so that it can serve them throughout their lives.

Goal-setting starts with a clearly defined goal. Perhaps you’ve heard of making goals “S.M.A.R.T.” While S.M.A.R.T. can be defined in many ways we will look at is as; Specific, Measurable, Agreed Upon, Realistic, and Timely. For children and teens who must get buy in and assistance from adults in order to achieve their goals, the point of it being “agreed upon” (i.e. Who has agreed to drive? Who has agreed to teach?) is important.

We will also be discussing what can get in the way of our goals. Dr. Robyn’s “Sneaky Ps,” such as procrastination, perfectionism and pessimism, can unhinge any goal. What stands in the way of our goals?

Goals are most likely achieved when the they are “strengthbased,” meaning, the person shows skill in that area. But even adults don’t often do this! Recently, Gallup asked more than 11,000 employees: “Every week, I set goals and expectations based on my strengths.” Only 36% of those employees could strongly agree with this and yet, those who set their goals based on strengths are 7 times more likely to be engaged in work and more likely to be high performers. Imagine if we taught our children this basic lesson!

We thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best personal development centers in the world.

Here’s to your success!

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