How to Teach Kids Perseverance and Goal-Setting

Just Do It! A Five-Step Plan

Jim Wiltens, author of Goal Express, outlines steps to set -- and meet -- any target.

  1. Write it down. Become a better baseball player, for example.
  2. Make it specific. "I want to be able to get a base hit once each game."
  3. Consider Pros and Cons.

    Pros: It will be much more fun and much less embarrassing to be on the team.

    Cons: I already have practice twice a week. Extra practice will cut into my free time.
  4. Define small steps by asking the Three W's.

    "Who can help?" A coach, parent, or friend, for example.

    "What do I need to do?" Practice more, go to batting cage.

    "When?" 30 minutes twice a week.
  5. Monitor Progress. Have my parents videotape my swing. Get feedback from my coach.
  6. Copyright ? 2006. Reprinted with permission from the March 2006 issue of Parents magazine.

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