Why young leaders should set goals?March 5, 2016 / byMaria Garcia / Categories : Uncategorized
According to recent studies, only 20% of the population sets goals, and as many as 92% of those goals are never achieved. That said, I’ve never met a highly successful leader who doesn’t regularly set personal goals.
Teaching our youth to set goals effectively can be motivating. However, as we teach goal-setting to our youth, we need to make sure we’re mentoring them how to use goals to have the greatest impact on their lives and the lives of others. One of the amazing things we have been given as humans, is the ability to yearn and work toward our dreams for a better life.
We have the capacity to establish and set goals to live out our dreams. We can look deep within our hearts and help our situation for ourselves and our families. Goals are critical. They keep us focused on what’s important, and allow us to make the best of each day. When tackled correctly, they force you out of your comfort zone and help you to grow as a leader.
Goal-setting is powerful because it provides clear direction and results. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to take actions to perform and achieve everything we desire in life. Most importantly, they give us the opportunity to stretch and grow. By setting goals, you are taking an active role in creating new and better results in your life. What would be more important than that?
Jim Rohn, a pioneer in personal development shares important reason why we need to set goals, “The most important benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving your goal; it’s what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your goal that’s the real benefit.”
So what steps can we take to help our youth set meaningful goals? Here are a few suggestions to get it started.
First, open up communication with them. Create an inviting environment for them to have an inspiring goal-defining session. Make sure you have plenty of time to work through a dialogue, at least an hour. I would suggest to get a note pad and encourage them to be as honest and open as possible. Take as much time as needed to answer the questions about themselves. They should feel safe and trustworthy that you will not judge them or criticize their ideas.
Here are some suggestions on how to get the conversation started:
- What does a meaningful life look like for me?
- What something I truly care about?
- What gives me satisfaction?
- What do I value most?
- Who is someone I admire and what characteristics do they have?
- If I could solve a problem, what would it be?
- What are my strengths?
- What makes me motivated?
- Where do I see myself in 5 years, 10, 15, 50?
- Where would I like to go if I knew I could not fail?
Next, find a way to develop the ideas they are sharing with you as their mentor. We can teach our youth goal-setting strategies. There are some specific steps to setting goals:
Define their goals by doing the following exercise:
- Discuss and brainstorm the steps needed to achieve their goals. Do this step for each specific goal. If needed, research the goal online or at the library or talk to a mentor for guidance on how to reach the goal. Remember, that a goal is a target, but how you get there comes from a variety of resources.
- Go over the possible roadblocks to accomplishing the goals and how to deal with them. Sometimes there will be obstacles on the way. This is why it’s a good idea to collect feedback both positive and constructive on your direction. For example, are their financial problems or time constraints to accomplishing the goal?
- Make deadlines. Don’t be overwhelmed by large goals, set small achievable goals to help meet the large goals. One of the things that successful people do is not to take a big chunk in the beginning, but take small bites to set the daily discipline and commitment to those goals.
- Finally, have them report on their progress every now and again. Schedule a goal session every month to going back to the most important aspect which was communication. Get feedback, celebrate victories and build up on each and every step. Talk about how good it feels to meet goals and the rewards that come. Youth goal-setting is a life skill that can take your leadership along way. Watch them grow and succeed as they make their life dreams come true. Encourage them onward.
Lastly, help them create accountability toward those goals. When someone knows what their goals are, they must hold themselves accountable by taking ownership for results and opportunities. Accountability puts some teeth into the process. If a goal is set and only one person knows it, does it really have any power to create change? Many times, no. A goal isn’t as powerful if you don’t have one or more people who can hold you accountable to it and help you learn through it.