Plan to achieve your dreams

CHILD (4-12 yrs):


Get Ready
Pick a goal like getting straight A’s in some or all of your classes in school. Now think about how you can accomplish that goal. For example:
a) Practice your reading at home or the library or do neat coloring.
b) Go over what you learned in school that day, and practice math.
c) If you take piano can you get an extra half hour practicing your scales
d) Did you enter the school spelling bee? Practice spelling 10 new words every day.
e) Do you take figure skating? Can you practice skating with your family on the weekend?


Now it’s time to accomplish this goal. Schedule the extra practices or homework on a calendar at home. Work hard at it every day and if you need help, ask your parents, brothers or sisters, or teacher.


Now that you have accomplished your goal you have to keep it up and keep practicing. Rewards come in many ways, but sometimes feeling happy after working hard and seeing how good you are getting is the best reward of all.


YOUTH (13-18 yrs)



Think about the things you enjoy and are good at.  Think about one or two goals that you really like to achieve.  If your goal is to become a NHL player, you may want to try these:


a)      Practicing skating (sprints, stops, speed)

b)      Set up a net and practice slap shots in your driveway or at an outdoor rink in your neighborhood

c)      Work hard at every practice


Schedule the extra time to work on every aspect of hockey to help you become better at the sport. In one week you may schedule extra time as the skating rink and focus on building speed; the next week you might practice puck handling. Ask for feedback or assistance from coaches or parents.



Review your goals often and try to complete them over a period of time. Set yourself a deadline for each goal. Remember you don’t have to complete all your goals at once. It may take weeks, months or years for you to complete just one goal, but keep with it and try hard to make your dreams come true. Don’t forget to reward yourself after you achieve a goal.



Helpful Tips!


Try these tips for any task you are planning. They will help you stay on track to achieve your goals.


Break down the tasks into chunks

To achieve your big long-term goal, it helps to divide it into smaller tasks. It’s less stressful and smaller tasks help you to accomplish more in less time.


Know where you are going

By knowing what you want and where you want to go, it will be easier for you to get there.


Be specific

Be very specific about your goal. Understand where you want to go, what you want to do, and how will get there. Being specific makes it is easier for you to accomplish something you want.


Create achievable goals

Be somewhat realistic about your goals: what they are, how long it may take to achieve them, and how you can achieve them. Try to paint a picture of yourself in that goal/setting. Is it still for you?


Make lists

Having lists helps you to stay organized and on task


Make a timeline

When you don’t have a timeline you might keep putting things off.


Time manage

Managing times is sometimes difficult with school, activities, family time, lessons, practices, homework, etc. but if you schedule tasks in a calendar, for example, and follow through, it will help manage your time and you will get lots of stuff done. The more you do towards your goal the better your chances of achieving them.


Do not stop until you’re done

Never give up! Stay on task and work hard. Perseverance is key.


ADULTS (how to help children organize and plan)


Explain the benefits and motivate the child

By motivating the child, and teaching organization skills that they see benefits from, they will want to be good organizers and planners. It will become second nature to them. This is important as this skill can be applied to many different tasks and situations throughout their lives.


Make it a routine

By constantly doing something, it becomes habitual. By teaching children positive skills such as planning and organization it will become a routine throughout their years.  When things are repeated it will become common and by setting this as an example for


Make checklists

Keeping yourself organized by using checklists also helps the child as everyone stays on track.


Review tasks and review accomplishments

By going over the goals and reviewing what has been accomplished and what hasn’t, you can help the child get back on track or revise any tasks and timelines.


Encourage children and monitor work

Monitor the child and his or her task to ensure they are working towards completing them and that everything is running smoothly.         Come up with unique incentives for the child to be more motivated to achieve their goal. Some examples include: stickers, treats, healthy snacks, movies, allowance etc.

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