Are you ready to make this your family’s best year ever? Because today I want to talk about family goals.
I mostly write about personal growth and business. But if you’ve followed me for some time, you’ll know how important family is to me. My kids are the reason I left the corporate world. I wanted to spend more time with them, doing the things that matter most.
If you feel the same way, then I have a simple yet powerful tool to share with you. It’s something my family tried for the first time in 2018. And I’m so glad we did.
This quick activity led to our best times together. What’s more – it’s super fun and easy to do.
I’m talking about creating family goals.
Why Have Family Goals
Family goals help you do more and achieve bigger things. They are a way to bring your family’s hopes and dreams to life.
They also help you learn more about each other. By discussing your goals, you discover ideas you never knew your family members had. And as you and your spouse share your hopes, your kids are encouraged to think bigger and talk about some of their secret dreams.
Another benefit of this exercise is it teaches your kids about the power of goal setting. When you’re clear about what you want, the universe has a habit of delivering. By focusing on the things that matter most, you see new opportunities. And you’re more likely to act on those opportunities as they arise.
And did I mention that it’s fun and easy to do. So why not give it a whirl?
How To Create Your Family Goals
Your first step is to come up with a name for your family goals.
You can call it a goals list, a wish list, a hope list, whatever speaks to you. I like to think of the list as a set of intentions. The purpose is to identify what you most want and commit to it by writing it down.
Having said that, it’s important you don’t just focus on the end result. As with business goals, the journey is more important that the outcome.
Once you have a name for your list, ask your family to think about things they want to do in the coming year. This might be places they want to go, skills they’d like to learn, personal achievements, etc. If you’d like help getting started, check out our family’s 2018 list below.
I recommend giving everyone a few days to think it over. Then gather around a family table, grab a pen and paper, and start writing things down.
You can ask each person in turn or let everyone shout out their thoughts. Whatever method works best for your family. Just make sure everyone gets a chance to contribute. If you have quieter family members, be sure to prompt them to share too.
It’s good to have a mix of individual and shared goals. And don’t censor ideas or say something isn’t feasible (e.g. because of money or time). Encourage everyone to dream big.
The best goals are ones that excite and scare you. You need to be at least a teensy bit scared if you want to experience super-sized results.
When you’re done put the list somewhere you can easily refer to it. Also feel free to add new goals to the bottom of the list as they come up.
Lastly, be sure to review your list together throughout the year. Keep your goals fresh in your mind. You’ll be surprised to see how often you encounter new opportunities to fulfill your family’s goals.
Our Family Goals list
We first did this exercise in 2018. And the results were gratifying. We achieved all but one of the things on our list. But more important than that, we had a lot of fun doing it.
When we looked back on our year as a family, it felt amazing to see all the things we’d achieved. In fact, our only regret was that we hadn’t made a longer and more ambitious list.
To give you an idea of how this works, here’s our 2018 list:
- Go skiing as a family
- Visit Great America as a family
- Visit a beach we’ve never been to
- Have a Summer vacation in Tahoe
- Teach youngest to swim without a floatie
- Go to movies at least three times
- Visit Legoland
- Go on a motorboat
- Go sledding
- Build a snowman
- Have oldest join a swim team
- Teach oldest to ride a bike without training wheels
All of these things happened in 2018 except for one. We never did get around to going on a motorboat. Though the opportunity was there if we’d wanted it enough. All in all, 2018 was an amazing year packed with great family experiences.
We plan to make family goals an annual tradition. I’m writing this post in early 2019 and we already have a set of goals for this year (which we’re still adding items to).
Our 2019 list is longer than 2018. It also has some much more ambitious goals on it. Why? Because we know this process works.
If 2018 delivered all the things we hoped for, then why not set bigger and more exciting goals in 2019?
So, now it’s your turn. Go ahead and create your own family goals for the next 12 months. You don’t have to wait until January, you can do this any time. You may be surprised to learn some news things about your family and achieve much more than you thought possible.
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