Dreaming of our ideal future delights and inspires us. Children, with their fertile imaginations, are particularly good at dreaming. But to make dreams come true, you need to have clear goals and, very likely, save some money to make them happen. Credit unions can help their members on both counts.
Our theme for Youth Month this April is “The Future is Yours: Picture it! Save for it! Share it!” We’re encouraging all members, particularly our youngest, to write down their dreams, create vision boards, and encourage each other. These activities will help lay the groundwork for their future success.
Putting your dreams and goals down on paper where you can see them every day actually helps you achieve them! Studies were conducted at Dominican University on the science of goal setting. The results revealed that writing down your goals on a regular basis makes you 42% more likely to achieve them than if you don’t record them. They determined that using your imagination (right/creative brain) and writing those plans down (left/logical brain) engages your whole brain, including your subconscious. This makes it easier for you to find and seize opportunities that will help you achieve your goals, as well as keep you motivated.
Young members who begin a habit of envisioning and recording their goals are more likely to achieve future goals as adults. This year’s Youth Month theme will give our members the encouragement they need to start this habit.
To help celebrate Youth Month, here are a few ideas:
1. We encourage young members to write down their goals and create vision boards. Take a photo and share it on social media sites using the hashtag #CUYouthMonth. Sharing your goal will help inspire others to set goals too.
2. Some goals, like graduating from college or starting a business, will require money. We encourage young members to set up a savings account tied to that goal.
3. Share a photo with your SIU Credit Union piggy bank, using the hashtag #CUYouthMonth. You can pick one up at any of our branches while supplies last.