Have meaningful goals as an individual and as a family.

Setting and achieving goals can help us thrive with our families, the environment, our health, our community and our economy.

When you have goals in life, you have direction and something to strive for. From daily goals of exercise to weekly goals of spending time together to long-term goals of financial security, setting and achieving them can have a big impact on our well-being.

Researchers have found that “People who strive for something significant, whether it’s learning a new craft or raising moral children, are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations.” (Yes! Magazine)

Setting goals can help you visualize what you want to be as a family and an individual. It can help you organize your time and resources so that the things you do on a daily basis have meaning.

How to set and achieve your goals:

Here are simple steps that you and your family can take to set and achieve your goals.

  1. Decide what you really want as individuals and as a family.
    • Setting goals requires that you know what you want in life and by when. Be clear on what you want, and develop a plan to get there.
  2. Start small, and keep at it.
    • Goals don’t have to be big. When they are set too high, they could be overwhelming and you may give up. Realize that some goals may be dropped, but keep making them.
    • For the big goals, set them but also include the small goals you will need to achieve to get to the big ones. Even the greatest athletes started with beginning lessons.
  3. Set goals in small increments that include time or date, amount, or other details.
    • By breaking down your goals in to smaller, achievable units, you are more likely to achieve them.
  4. Be positive when stating your goals.
    • Instead of saying “I won’t do ___,” say “I will do ___.” For example, instead of saying “I won’t eat anything bad for me today,” say “I will choose healthy food today.”
  5. Spread out your goals.
    • Instead of just creating goals that have only to do with one area – money or weight loss – spread them out through various aspects of your life like work, health, family, personal development and money and make them small and achievable.
  6. Don’t underestimate yourself.
    • We sometimes set our goals too low out of a fear of failure so be aware of your low expectations of yourself.
  7. Write them down.
    • When you put your goals down on paper you are confirming your willingness to make them come true. And this list is an effective reminder of what you need and want to do. Keep this list where you can easily see it and remind yourself of what you want.
  8. Now take action.
    • Look at your list on a daily basis and imagine what you will feel like or how things will look when you have achieved the goal.Be sure that every action you take or decision you make moves you in the right direction towards achieving that goal.

First steps:

Identify the things / goals you want to achieve in your life. Take the time to stop and write them down, the big ones and small ones. Without knowing what you want, you can’t move towards it.

Now let’s get to work…..

Start with listing the goals for you and your family. Understand which areas of your life they will affect (home, work, health, etc).
Click here to download a form to help you list those goals.

After you have created your list, putting them on to a worksheet will help you establish what you need to do in order to achieve that and help keep track of your progress.
Click here to download the Goal Worksheet.

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