Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Goal Setting Builds Perseverance in Youth

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Goal Setting Builds Perseverance in Youth

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With 2013 around the corner, many people are thinking about their New Year's resolutions and how they want to make this next year different from their last. Youths can benefit greatly from setting goals and having a vision for reaching them. Whether it is getting an A on a test, saving money to buy a video game or becoming a teacher, young people build self-esteem and perseverance when they focus on reaching a target they have set for themselves.

This month at Youth Resources' 25th Anniversary Celebration, best-selling author and former Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy shared six words displayed on a poster in the Colts locker room during his career, including the year they won the Super Bowl. The words were "Expectations. Execution. No Excuses. No Explanations."

He encouraged young people to think about what expectations they have set for themselves. When youths find things they are passionate about and good at, then their expectations for themselves become higher as they gain confidence through reaching their goals.

For youths to be motivated, they need to have ownership of deciding on the goal and the steps they want to take to accomplish it.

The goal should be based on one's abilities and interests, and the goal does not have to be: Be the best at something. Start with small goals first, such as finishing a book or completing two chores a day. When children reach small goals, it gives them a natural boost of energy toward reaching their next goal that can be bigger.

For youths who struggle at goal-setting or lack motivation, a great place to start is by answering these questions

What are some things that I really like to do?

How good am I already at these things?

Are there one of these things that I'd like to learn more about or learn to do better?

Are there completely new things that I want to learn to do?

What are my dreams for after high school, as far as a career or education?

A good key to keep in mind for setting goals is to follow the S. …

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