Setting new year intentions shouldn't just be for adults. Help your children also learn the importance of reflection and goal setting. It doesn't have to be long or complex. At my house it is a short list.
- First ask your child to think of 3 things that they did well or feel good about in the previous year and list them.
- Next have them think about 3 things they would like to do better or learn to do in the new year. Have a short conversation about each item.
- Post the list on a bulletin board or wall where they can see it regularly.
- In two weeks after they have adjusted back to school after the holiday review the list and pick an item on the current year list and start a plan. If you can finish a plan in one sitting, great! If not complete in the next session with dates for the year and start working the plan.
- Meet with the child at least once a month for an overall review of the goals and plans.
Although this particular plan is for children it can work well for adults as well. Working on being successful doesn't have to be fancy or complex. The first step is simply to start. This method lets you start your new goals on the foundation of what was good the year before.
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