Working toward a goal as a family can be fun! Breaking your goal (or goals!) down into basic steps can help you and your kids understand exactly how to achieve it one step at a time, and keeps everyone from getting too overwhelmed. Let’s talk goals.

To achieve any goal, you need motivation. Motivation is in everyone, and it’s the energy that drives us to accomplish our goals. Motivation keeps us actively achieving things in our daily lives, but it’s different for everyone. It helps us succeed at large and small goals, and it encourages us to do our best and be our best selves. Motivation can be found in many different places—from yourself, from others, or even from experiences. One key element to staying motivated is practicing positive self-talk. Check out this article to learn more about using your positive self-talk to be successful in your everyday life.

You’re motivated, but now what? After you’re motivated to accomplish a goal, set yourself up for success. You can break your goal down into a SMART goal—which means to make sure that your goal is:

You can also put your goals on dream boards and place them in spots that you’ll see during the day, journal about your goals, and practice positive self-talk to help you stay on track. Regardless of the method you choose, make sure to revisit your goal often and be ready to revise it as necessary. Keeping goals flexible can help you to stay positive and give yourself grace when deadlines get pushed back or something comes up. Good luck! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year!

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*Goals acronym cited from: Benes, S., & Alperin, H. (2016). Chapter 8 Goal Setting. In The essentials of teaching health education (p. 135). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics