3 Easy Ways to Help Teenagers Set Meaningful Goals for 2022

You and your teens should be setting SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. 

Setting SMART goals provides direction, builds focus, and motivates you toward taking some desired action. SMART goals also offer a clear purpose for your decisions while setting a destination worth reaching. 

Setting goals isn't an inherent skill. It needs to be learned and practiced. The strategies below help teenagers practice setting achievable and worthwhile goals. 

Focus on Quick Wins To Get Started

Teens need to get some “quick wins” when setting goals. Sometimes, a fear of failure can prevent us from working on a goal for adults and teenagers alike. 

For example, saving a substantial amount of money may seem daunting and unattainable. A quick win would be to sign up for a savings account. That one step makes them closer to their goal than they were before. 

They Want Freedom To Set Their Own Goals; Provide Suggestions & Structure

Parents still offer value by providing goal suggestions if they don't force them. Ask questions, such as, “Why did you choose this goal?” and “What steps do you need to take to reach this goal?”