Let's continue our discussion on how to mentor your teen in their journey toward adulthood by helping them set and achieve goals. Below are some tips for helping your teenager maximize the benefit of smart goal setting throughout their lives.
First, set aside a time once a year to sit down with your teenager and talk about what they are hoping and dreaming for their life in the upcoming year. In preparation for your time together, teach them to pray and ask God to place on their hearts the passions and desires He would have for their lives. During your time together, ask your teenager to share some dreams of what they would like to accomplish in one year’s time. Share with them the old saying, “A goal is just a dream with a deadline!” After your teenager rolls their eyes, you can have them write down three to five goals for the upcoming year.
Second, go over the list of goals with your teenager and make sure they are reasonable. It’s okay for them to be challenging, but if your teenager sets goals that are impossible they may be setting themselves up for disappointment. If your seventh grade basketball player sets a goal to be in the NBA by the end of the year, you might need to help them.
Setting and accomplishing goals will help them become their own best sources for fulfillment. As you begin goal setting with your teenager this week, remember you are giving your child a gift: the ability to thrive in life without us.
Press on in your endeavors to help your teen learn to set goals!