Learning to set and work towards goals can have an enormous impact on how you approach life. And for children, goal setting teaches about visualizing what’s important and developing the perseverance to work towards those targets.
But are all goals created equal? We just came across this study from the University of Liverpool that says they are not.
Researchers found a connection between depression and setting general, abstract goals. A goal such as “to be happy” or “write a book someday” are considered general, while “write two chapters of my book by March 1” would represent a more specific goal.
The problem with more generalized goals is that they are too open-ended to demand concrete, specific actions actually to make them happen, giving the goal-setter the perception of continual failure, a sense of hopelessness that can lead, ultimately, to depression.
Anyone who has tried and failed to set goals as the clock strikes midnight on January 1, knows that keeping any goals can be tough—even the specific ones.
But there is hope! According to a study by psychology professor Gail Matthews, you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals by simply writing them down.
Whether you write them down in a notebook or online, keep your goals close by so you’ll always be reminded where you want to go in life.
If you’re teaching your kids to set their own goals or have ones that the whole family is on board with, a family calendar app keeps everyone on the same page and sends convenient reminders of upcoming deadlines. Try entering goals in your Bievo Family Calendar and Task List to get reminders – and you and your kids will be hitting your goals in no time!