• Amy Neel

Weekly Goal Setting: Family Edition

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

We have all heard of the glories of goal setting. What makes it so beneficial?

Simple. It gives us a target to aim for. Even if you miss, you'll be much closer than your non-goal setting counterparts. Now from this place, set another goal and before you know it - all your wildest dreams have come true!

Okay, maybe it's not always that easy. Success is rarely a straight line, but more often a crisscross, zig zag, knotty type of line. But no matter your goal, planning for it will help you get there faster. Hopefully with a few less knotty moments along the way.

What if we taught our kids how to do this now? Not just set goals, but then evaluate their success' and failures in a non-judgmental way.

What a game changer that would be!

I've worked with my kids to develop a weekly goal setting worksheet that empowers them to choose goals and hold themselves accountable. Our goals change week to week, but often include health and fitness, giving back, self care / growth, school or work as well as chores / personal responsibility. One of our favorites to write in is 'Try Something New!'. The beauty of this is that you can write down things that align with you right now, making it more likely you'll stick with it.

The best part of our goal setting worksheet is that it allows us to keep track of these goals daily. At the end of the week, we have a visual representation of how we did.

What is important to note here is that we should review these worksheets with non-judgmental hearts. Didn't make your goal this week? Not the end of the world, but maybe we have a kind and compassionate discussion about why we didn't and how we can improve moving forward. This is also a time to celebrate any wins you may have had!

As parents, we know 'do as I say, not as I do' rarely works. We need to be the example. Goal setting benefits people of all ages. So why not turn this into a family affair and set goals together!

We like to do Sunday night goal setting. We review our sheets from the previous week and talk about our wins and where we hope to improve. Where did we fall short and where did we excel. Then, we print out our new worksheets and fill them in together and discuss our hopes for the coming week and strategies to help us get there and how we can support each other along the way.

Sharing family goals means everyone needs to get vulnerable. You have to be honest with yourself and with your family when you don't succeed. At first, this may not be easy. But this work is SO IMPORTANT. This teaches our kids many valuable lessons, far more than just goal setting. Doing this regularly with your family will teach your kids that perfection is not a requirement for success. Failure is just another part of the journey. From this place of 'failure', we can re-evaluate, re-direct, pivot if needed and try again. Most importantly, when they do inevitably fail, they will know you're there for them with a safe space, ready to listen and then cheer them on when they try again!

I highly encourage you to explore goal setting with your family. You'll not only become a closer and more supportive unit, but you'll all be working toward the best versions of yourselves.

If you'd like to give family goal setting a try, click here to download a copy of our pre-filled and blank weekly goal sheets.

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