Setting goals and working hard is the only way to make dreams a reality. At The First Tee, we encourage youth to dream big and practice effective goal-setting techniques they can use for life.
For anyone who has ever broken a new year’s resolution, here are a few tips you can learn from golf to follow through on your goals.
How The First Tee Teaches Goal-Setting
Learning to set challenging, but realistic goals is a vital skill young people must learn. As participants progress through The First Tee, they learn:
1. Define your Dreams and Goals
Goals start with dreams. What do you dream of accomplishing in life? Where do you envision yourself? Once you clearly visualize where you want to be or what you want to do, start thinking about small goals to help you get there.
2. Set Goals that are Positive and Important to You
It is easier to reach a goal that is stated positively. Stating what you WANT to happen in positive terms rather than what you don’t want to happen. Think about the WHY of your goal. If a goal is important to you, then you can pull from that motivation and will work harder to reach it.
3. Set Goals that are Specific and Under Your Control
A goal that is specific says exactly what you want to accomplish so you will be able to measure it and know when you have reached it. As you begin to hit those goals, you can build off of that momentum and gain confidence.
From aces to triple bogeys, golf is a perfect platform for helping kids and teens develop character as it closely parallels real life. Just like in life, junior golfers experience the highs and lows of the game.
Our curriculum was developed by experts in the field of positive youth development and is delivered by coaches trained through The First Tee Coach Program. Our mission is to help prepare kids and teens for success in school, at home and in their community.