Today I am pleased to introduce my special guest blogger, Renae Quinton from Crystal Clear Goal Setting, sharing her thoughts on how tweens benefit from setting goals.
Tweens have
dreams, big dreams. They are not afraid to dream the impossible. There is no
impossible in the minds of the youth. As a parent your challenge is providing
the tools and skills necessary for your tween to advocate for themselves
turning those dreams into realities. A systematic goal setting approach
supports the “anything is possible” mindset as they grow older and are faced
with constant distractions. 
As tweens prepare
for their high school years, this is their chance to learn how to take charge of
their future with the choices they make, and where they focus their
1) Predicting the Future:
are just getting started to think and act for themselves. They are
flooded with choice, whether it be personal activities or course selection.  It can all be a bit overwhelming. Setting
goals allows tweens to clearly define what it is that really matters, leading
them to identify their unique goals. In tween terms, think of this as choosing
the desired prize.
2) Self-Identified Focus:
so many distractions, such as the array of choices available or the digital invasion
of emails and pings vying for attention, tweens who are less adept at tuning
out the noise and clutter caused by all the distractions must navigate their
way to their goal without getting lost. Goal setting helps your tween remain
clear about his/her target goal and focused on decisions.  For example, if you tween’s goal is to make
the school golf team and that goal is important, his/her focus will prevail as he/she
identifies for himself/herself that he/she is not going to take swimming,
gymnastics and soccer but instead is going to focus on golf drills in order to make
that goal of being on the school golf team a reality.

3) Success is a Path:
order for goal setting to have value for your tween it has be to a regular
activity. Successful goal setting requires routine, perseverance, commitment
and a support network.  Routine goal
setting will reward your tween with skills such as commitment and perseverance.  There are many celebrities who had
their goals and kept to them when others told them it could not be done: after 12 publisher rejections, JK Rowling,
famous author of Harry Potter, reached her goal of getting published. After
being cut from the high school basketball team, Michael Jordan renewed his
commitment and focus to his goal of being a basketball star.

Goal setting provides tweens with the life skills; perseverance, focus and
commitment necessary to turn their dreams into their reality. 
Renae Quinton is the author of the Crystal Clear Goal setting workbook, being used in schools across the
Caribbean, and the newly launched Crystal Clear app. You can also find Crystal Clear on Twitter and Facebook.

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