Finding Hope: Setting Goals

Setting Goals:

Children need to learn the art of setting goals.


I have the wonderful privilege of teaching a Sunday school class at The Center for Spiritual Living in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Tthe importance of setting goals was the topic at the last class.  I asked the children to explain what they could do when frustration sets in. We talked about reaching for the stars and pushing through when the going gets tough. Some goals are easy to reach and others remain a challenge. Twelve year old Marcus explained that we should think about how far we have come when a goal is hard to reach.

We need to pay more attention to the wisdom learned by children. He may be only twelve, but he has acquired the knowledge of the ages at a young age. We then entered into a discussion about how we can help one another.  How I wish I had that knowledge when I was a youngster. Ask the appropriate questions and children will amaze you with the depth of their knowledge and experience.

Dr. Wayne Dyer authored several books for children. I used one of his books as a pivotal point of discussion for the class. We picked out key words that can be introduced to children and to teens. The words were goals, determination, devotion, perseverance, and dedication. Class activities centered around those concepts that would produce hope and success in their lives.

Our culture does little to encourage these traits. Children are consumed with electronics, digital devices, and electronic means of communication which do not encourage the development of delayed gratification. It was heartening to be able to talk about these traits in a Sunday school situation. At age seventy-three, I became the student and they were the teachers. What a joy that is.

Yes indeed, young children need to learn how to set goals and reach for the stars.

Goal setting is an important multi generational pursuit. Pablo Cassals was still practicing the piano and the cello well into his nineties. When asked why he still pursued music at such an advanced age, he replied “Because I always want to learn.”

Barbara Altman, the author of hope, has written two books: “Hope Shines Eternal: My Journey Through Mental Illness” and Passages of Hope, 52 Real Life Stories that Will Inspire and Encourage You.” Both can be purchased on Amazon, Kindle, and on WWW.





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