Set the Challenge

Setting goals is one of the most basic and essential steps in any endeavor. It is your basis for setting a study schedule, routine, progress, and pace in your studies and other activities. Initially, you start by setting easy goals – those that can be achieved with just the right amount of effort and hard work. Eventually, you set more challenging goals as you mature and gain new knowledge. These are the goals that seem impossible but are very attainable with much effort and hard work.

There will come a time when you will begin to ask why you have to achieve such big and challenging goals. Aside from the reason that challenging goals push you to go out of your comfort zone and do more, here are four benefits that you can think about.

  • Time manager

Having challenging goals forces you to become organized. You are introduced to the idea of creating a schedule that will best help you achieve your goal. You also consider the tasks you can easily do and those you need more time with and plan out your day based on those. You learn how to prioritize by weeding out the tasks that will not aid you in your goal and spending more time on those that will lead you to success. Developing time management skills will not only help you reach your goal, but it will also help you develop efficiency and planning skills, which will be very useful in your future career.

  • Team player

The road to success is always a team effort. You must understand that achieving the most challenging goals entail the help of other people. Yes, there are things that you can do on your own, but everyone needs help to reach the finish line. With this, you learn how to become a part of a team. Also, you gain a deeper understanding of team dynamics and how important it is to communicate and share knowledge to reach the goal.

  • Personal development

Taking on difficult things allows your child to discover new skills, hone current strengths, and develop weaknesses. You are pushed to go beyond the usual and the mediocre to achieve your goal. You also learn to become resourceful since you will tap into all your available resources to reach your goal. This can be a form of self-discovery since you learn new knowledge and uncover new things about yourself that you never thought you could do.

  • Motivating

Setting challenging goals requires a lot of motivation, determination, and hard work. You will get it not only from yourself but also from your family – specifically your parents. Seeing the support you get inspires you to do your best and to reach the end. Doing this brings out your passion, excitement, and enthusiasm for both present and future goals.

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