So how can I help my kids craft their own resolutions and guide them to success, you ask?
Well, while I’ve not been good at the New Year’s Resolution, I have been able to set other goals, both professional and personal, and achieve them. The difference has been in the way I’ve approached them.
When I plan out professional goals or projects, I use the concept of mind mapping, so that all the smaller steps required to achieve those are not only written down but outlined so that they are on the calendar. This not only helps stay on track but also provides smaller rewards throughout the process of achieving that goal.
New Year’s Resolutions are really just goals we want to achieve and should be viewed and planned in the same manner. We talk about them as we watch football and drink beer with family & friends, and are persistent about them the first few weeks in January. But the motivation tapers off week after week, and we find excuses as to why we are losing our stamina.
So this year, make sure whatever resolutions you set for yourself and help your kids adopt are achievable, well planned out, and age appropriate. Here’s a great article by Educational Psychologist, Dr. Michele Borba, on how to guide your children to setting resolutions and helping them stick with it.