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Reaching the Goal
Volume 99, Program 8
8/18/2010
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Want more ideas on how to help your children set and achieve goals? This week’s guest, Alan Hudson, offers more practical advice in a live webinar with HSLDA’s @home e-vents, August 24. Learn more or register today by clicking the link!

When your children understand that it’s important to set goals, they may not want to stick it out if the going gets tough. How can you help them follow through? Today on Home School Heartbeat with host Mike Smith, Alan Hudson explains how you can keep your kids on track.

Mike Smith:
Alan, last time you described helping children recognize the importance of setting goals. So once the goals are in place, what are some of the best ways to measure progress?

Alan Hudson:
When working toward a goal, it’s easy to get sidetracked and not realize the progress made and then lose the passion for the goal. Since progress is really a process and not just an event, the progress can be subtle in relation to the whole.

We have found that a critical part of goal setting and success is breaking the goal up into many smaller pieces. The smaller goals must be actionable and measurable. At each accomplishment of the smaller goals, take time to celebrate the achievement. An example for adults could be a goal to lose twenty pounds. Recognizing the steps along the way may be like losing two pounds, or four pounds, or maybe five pounds. That would serve as a reminder of the overall goal and then show the progress that is being made.

The important thing to remember is that goals need to be broken up into small enough pieces so that you can always see progress.

Mike:
Thanks, Alan. That’s great information. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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