For me, nothing helps me achieve a goal faster than a deadline. Knowing when I need to accomplish something by helps me stay extra focused to make it happen. That’s why the “T” for “time-based” in SMART goals is so important.
To help teach this principle for accomplishing growth through goal setting, try giving your family a fun Minute-to-Win-It–style challenge, such as seeing who can walk 10 feet while balancing an empty paper towel roll on top of a ball on top of a paper towel roll you’re holding. Without a deadline, your family may not get to the challenge right away—or maybe not at all. So after a while, try giving the challenge with a deadline: see if anyone can complete the challenge within 10 minutes. Chances are everyone will be a lot more focused when they have a time-bound aspect to the challenge.
So when you’re setting your goals, make sure to set a date by which you want to make it happen or by which you’re going to reevaluate your progress and update your goal if needed.
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