This could apply to just about anything, couldn’t it?
You want to raise good kids, you want the dog to not pee inside the house, you want a relationship with your SO full of love and respect. We all want that. Easier said than done though.
It’s so important to have goals for yourself and your family. Goals help us move forward, they help us realize and become our best selves. Goal setting also helps you get to know yourself better, what keeps you motivated? What keeps you on track? How well do you identify your goals, and when it comes to family, how well do you communicate them?
Goal setting also helps you break down the parts of your life into digestible moments. Once you’ve determined your big goal, or your long term goal, you can create sub goals and then actionable steps, which will make reaching your goals feel possible, and even likely.
There are so many benefits to having and reaching goals. You can keep yourself accountable, teach your kids accountability, encourage each other and form a strong bond in doing so.
But the most important thing to remember is that while having goals is important, and reaching them is rewarding, you have to be flexible in how you get there. Having rigid expectations can actually cause you to give up on yourself, or it can cause animosity and frustration among family members.
It’s so important that you keep an open mind. There are infinite ways to reach a goal and forcing one method on anyone, including yourself, will only set you up for failure.
Be stubborn about your goals. Set an intention to reach them and then get there! You might have to try a few different times because not everyone reaches their goals on the first try… but take it as a lesson. That method didn’t work. Be flexible and try a new one.
Below are a few examples of goals you can set for yourself and your family. If you need help outlining the steps to reach your goals, download this Goal Setting and Tracker worksheet! I’ve created an easy outline for your to set your long term goals, break them down into actionable steps and track your progress. You can even implement a reward system to keep yourself motivated.
Goal setting for yourself:
- Travel, see new places
- Learn a new skill
- Overhaul your wardrobe
- Lose weight, get healthier
- Start a blog
- Write an e-book
Goal setting for your family:
- Improve communication
- Stick to a morning routine or schedule
- Partake in a family activity like skiing or hiking
- Eat healthier
- Spend more time together
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