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Bronwyn Ritchie's Pivotal Points




Strengthen your Relationship With Your Teen




In today’s high-tech, fast-paced world, young people are faced with more opportunities—and more decisions—than ever before. As they race around trying to meet the demands of school, family, and their ever-expanding social circles, they sometimes lose sight of what they want most out of life.

Help lead a young person toward achievement and fulfillment by guiding him or her through this goal-setting process specifically designed for teens and preteens.


Step One: Brainstorm.
Ask your teen to write down anything and everything that he or she wants to do, be, have, achieve, and create; these may be short-term, intermediate or long-term goals. Allow him or her plenty of time to ponder the endless possibilities—no goal is too big or too small!

Keep in mind: Achievers never start by asking “What do I do?”  Instead, they ask “What do I want?”

For example, does your teen want to…

  • Graduate high school with honors?
  • Try a new sport or make the Varsity team?
  • Audition for the school play?
  • Get a summer job or internship to earn money for school?
  • Attend a certain college?
  • Buy a car or a computer?
  • Be in a committed relationship?
  • Get in shape?


Step Two: Assign deadlines.
Next, help your teen determine how long it will take to achieve each goal—and be realistic! Will it take one week? One year? Five years? Teach him or her a crucial fact of life: You can’t manage what you can’t measure.


Step Three: Rewrite.
Review the list with your teen, and narrow it down by having him or her circle four of the most important one-year goals. Then, revise and rewrite these goals until they are both clear and compelling! Learn the power of focus: Narrowing your goals down to four enables you to focus on what’s really important.

Step Four: List reasons.
Finally, help your teen compose a list of reasons for committing to achieve each of these four goals—no matter what.  Turn on some music and encourage your teen to feel the energy as he or she writes, as this is the most important step in the process. Remember: Your ability to achieve something comes from your ability to tap into your sense of meaning.



Think your teen could benefit from learning more strategies like this? Goal setting is just one of the many tools and techniques that thousands of 12 to 17-year-olds worldwide have learned at Discovery Camp since its inception in 2004. Designed specifically for young people, Discovery Camp is Tony Robbins’ four-day program for helping teens create breakthroughs, move beyond fears and limiting beliefs, and accomplish goals while realizing true desires. Participants cultivate meaningful relationships and learn to model strategies that produce dramatic and lasting results.

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