We prioritize work goals like getting promotions or making more money, school goals like graduation, and even personal goals like losing weight or eating better. But, we don’t talk enough about goals related to family even though it’s a significant part of one’s life.
Imagine bringing your family together to set goals and have a shared purpose. Think of the benefits of setting goals with children who can learn to use that skill later in life. If you think it’s about time to sit the family down and create goals, this blog is for you.
Types of Family Goals
Alright, you want to set family goals, but where do you start? Well, you’re going to start by choosing types of goals. When doing this, you must consider your family’s values and interests. What is important to you as a unit? Here are some examples of different types of family goals:
- Travel – Are you a family that likes to visit new places together? Having a travel goal can give you something to work towards as a family and get you excited for what’s to come.
- Education – Is there anything you want to learn together? Maybe a new language or how to perform CPR. Your goal would be that each member makes it a priority or that you learn together.
- Health – Health and fitness goals are great for yourself, but it’s a lot more fun to have someone else on your team. Basically, you have a built-in accountability system where everyone’s health benefits.
- Philanthropy – Is there a cause that’s important to your family? You can come together as a group to determine how you will support or help out.
Goal-Setting Techniques for Families
Once you have your goals in place, it’s time to take action to achieve them. One thing you must remember is that each family member must be involved in the process. If not, you may want to find ways to adjust to include everyone.
Next, you want to use S.M.A.R.T. to get your goals in a good place. Most importantly, are your goals measurable, timely, and relevant? Not just to you, but to each member of your family? Next, it’s time to break those goals down into smaller, manageable steps. If your family wants to learn sign language, start by figuring out the best resource. A teacher? An online course? Youtube? Then, you go from there on your journey to achievement.
Strengthen Family Bonds and Make Memories Together
There are so many benefits to creating family goals including making memories and strengthening bonds. When you work together as a family towards something that matters to you, you foster teamwork. When you face challenges and overcome them as a team, you build trust and companionship while learning to communicate. On top of that, while you’re reaching those goals like taking a road trip or starting a family garden, you’re creating memories and traditions that will last for a lifetime.
Are you interested in working with your family to put together a plan to reach your goals? As a goal accountability coach, I help my clients plan, prioritize, and reach their goals! Let’s get the whole family together and discuss your family goals!